Erik Horne: Billy Donovan said he’s known about Paul …

Erik Horne: Billy Donovan said he’s known about Paul George’s nerve issue in his foot for a while. “I think there’s times where he wishes he could push off a little better, move a little better.”

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Erik Horne: I’ve been told by the Thunder the nerve issue is not connected to any previous issue PG has had. George has played through it since preseason, which indicates it’s not serious enough to where he/OKC feels he needs to sit.
He had it drained this offseason and found the source of his discomfort.  “I had a huge sac, 18 to 20 ounces of blood just sitting in the sac of my elbow, so I had that aspirated,” George said. “I was dealing with that for pretty much the whole season. That was causing a lot of frustration with shooting, and playing. To be able to shoot again, to be able to feel confident in my shot, to not have that on my mind, playing on the court … I’m great going forward.”
On May 9 he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.  “The knee is doing good,” he said in the Post story. “It still has a long way to go. … It looks like I’m doing well, but I’m still working through some stuff, and still working on trusting and putting full confidence in my leg. I’m a little ways away, but there’s no pain, there’s no swelling, there’s nothing I’m concerned about. I’m just not at the level I need to be. There’s no limitations. All it is is taking steps, all it is is progression. I’m just trying to get ready and prepare for training camp down the line.”

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Fred Katz: Paul George (right hip contusion) did not go through contact parts of Thunder practice today, per Billy Donovan. Corey Brewer (right knee sprain) went through some contact drills. Donovan said they’ll know more tomorrow.
Fred Katz: Steven Adams (left hip contusion) is available to play. Paul George (pelvic strain) a game-time decision.
Brett Dawson: Paul George will play tonight. Andre Roberson is out.
Nike designer Tony Hardman said there was a point where nobody at the brand knew if they’d be moving forward with a Paul George signature shoe or not. “You don't know if a guy is gonna come back from an injury like that,” Hardman told Sole Collector. “That's a crazy injury to try and come back from. So, even for me as a designer, it was almost like the resource was kinda put on hold for a little bit. We don't know what's gonna happen with Paul.”
“It wasn’t really on my mind whether I lost the shoe or if that dream was out the window or not,” George told Sole Collector. “During that time period I was more concerned that my job was at stake.” In retrospect, Hardman calls the injury a blessing in disguise in that it gave the design team more time to get to know George. It also pushed back the debut date of the Nike PG1 shoe, which was originally scheduled to release in 2016.
Nate Taylor: The Pacers have announced that Paul George (left ankle) & Kevin Seraphin (left knee) are out the next 3 games. Paul George & Kevin Seraphin will miss tonight's game, Sunday’s game against the Clippers & Wednesday’s game against the Trail Blazers.
McMillan gave no indication Saturday that George’s injuries would force him to miss a significant amount of time. George is hopeful he will be in uniform Monday when the Pacers face the Orlando Magic. “It’s a day-to-day thing,” George said. “It’s just a little soreness. I hoping tomorrow that it feels a lot better.”
George, who leads the Pacers with 21.9 points per game, watched Saturday’s game from the bench in a dark gray suit jacket. “I really couldn’t move off of (my left ankle), I couldn’t turn my ankle, I couldn’t cut if I wanted to,” George said. “I had a hard time walking this morning. I knew I probably wasn’t going to be able to go tonight, but I gave it a shot.”
Paul George was ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse due to a sore left ankle. The decision was announced about 70 minutes before tip-off. The injury occurred during Friday’s overtime loss at Philadelphia. “The ankle (swelled) up today,” Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said an hour and 45 minutes before the game, and before it was announced that George would not play.
Kyrie Irving, however, had the most unrestrained, emotional reaction to George’s leg snapping, an incident that no one in the arena could fully comprehend. Unable to watch, Irving buried his head in the chest of his father, Drederick, and began to cry uncontrollably. “I don’t think I really understood the magnitude of it, what transpired. I’m thinking, like, when is he going to be back?” Irving recalled this week as the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team held training camp for the Rio Games. “In that moment, I don’t know the injury. I don’t know what happened. I knew it was pretty gruesome.”
“It feels like, what can you do?” Krzyzewski said of that moment, but the words eventually came. ” ‘We want you in 2016.’ Jerry and I both said that, ‘We know you’re going to recover.’ We didn’t know if he would.”
Colangelo said the incentivized gesture USA Basketball extended in the aftermath of George’s injury was the “right thing to do,” but George also rewarded that blind faith, making easy the decision to add him to the 12-man roster. “I’m here for a reason,” George told The Vertical. “I’m not just a guy that Coach K brought along.”
No such store existed. If George were going to return, he would have to work his way back. Which he has, after two years, a season-and-a-sliver with the Pacers and a whole lot of changes for him and his team. And this week, a media gauntlet reminding him constantly, in their grasp for perspective and an angle, of the shock, fear, pain, uncertainty and work it took to finally get back. "I'm telling reporters I'm done answering that one," George said.
"We're not forced to play for our country. We do it because we want to," George said, "I think that's the story that's not being told. We want to represent our country, same way guys in the military, in the Navy, in the Army. They're not forced to be in it. They do it because they want to defend their country. So it's hard to say -- injuries, death for what they do -- it's part of it, unfortunately."
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Jaxson Hayes arrested

New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes — the #8 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft — was arrested after an alleged violent altercation with police, TMZ Sports has learned … and it apparently got so extreme, the hooper and a cop were taken to a hospital. We’re told law enforcement were called to an LA area home for a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning … and when cops attempted to check on the parties involved, 21-year-old Hayes tried like hell to keep them from entering the premises.
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Sources tell us 6’11”, 220-lb. Hayes got combative with cops and a fight broke out … with the ex-Texas Longhorns star getting tased in the middle of the scuffle. The brawl was allegedly so intense, police put out an “officer needs help” radio call. Hayes was taken to a nearby hospital to get treatment for minor injuries … and an officer involved in the fight also sought treatment, although their condition is unknown.
“Number one pick,” he tells me, “that would be a dream come true. I ain’t going to lie. That happens, I’m going to have a breakdown,” he laughs. And, naturally, he has preference in mind. “I want to live in Detroit.” He feels that spot is important to his journey, a reward for his endurance. When I ask him as dinner ends what he wants out of his career, he offers a singular ambition. “I want my respect,” Jalen tells me. “As a person and a basketball player. What comes with this is that people don’t know what you’ve got to sacrifice and go through. Especially when you’re in a small city and basketball takes you down this road and everyone’s still in that small city. It’s personal. A lot of people talk about you on the side. It can get back to your family and everything. And they don’t know what you’ve been through, by yourself, while you’re on that journey.”
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“People question if he’s too big time,” Justin “Juice” Huelskamp, one of Jalen’s best friends and high school teammates, tells me. “He’s just adjusting to his new life. This is regular for him now. Sometimes people get that misunderstood.” Jalen’s noticed this too, of course. “This shit’s crazy,” Jalen tells me. “Where we’re from, it’s like not a lot of n-ggas that have done that.” Recently, Jalen and Juice flew back to Fresno to renovate the courts he grew up playing on. He got Adidas to refurbish “The Cage” in Northwest Fresno at Koligan Park, christening the court with a windmill jam in front of the mayor. Brad Roznovsky, Jalen’s high school coach at San Joaquin, couldn’t believe what he saw. “Man, you’re not even a basketball player anymore,” Roznovsky told him. “You’re a frickin celebrity, bro!”
The G League Ignite is finalizing a deal with USC associate head coach Jason Hart as the program’s new head coach, sources tell ESPN. Hart, a nine-year NBA veteran, takes over an NBA-run program that produced two of the top of the picks in Thursday’s NBA draft — forwards Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga. Hart, 43, replaces Brian Shaw, who is joining the LA Clippers as their top assistant.