“It is a day-to-day process, but I’m doing better,” George said after logging 31 minutes. “We are trying to figure it out now,” George added when asked if this injury could linger this season. “Honestly, we’re trying to get on top of it now. Hasn’t seemed to go away yet. But at this point it is just managing the soreness and swelling.”
Paul George said the toe injury he has in his right foot has flared up again and that the LA Clippers are trying to figure out if it will linger for the remainder of the season. George returned on Thursday after missing two games with what was listed as right foot soreness. The All-Star guard shot 5-for-15 and had 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the Clippers' 101-94 loss to the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.
Mirjam Swanson: The Clippers' deal tomorrow vs. Denver: All these guys are OUT: Paul George (right foot soreness), Pat Beverley (right knee soreness), Serge Ibaka (lower back tightness), Rajon Rondo (right adductor soreness). Marcus Morris Sr is questionable (right calf contusion).
Mirjam Swanson: Kawhi Leonard (leg contusion), Paul George (bone edema toe), Nic Batum (concussion) ALL WILL PLAY vs. Utah tonight, Ty Lue says.
Mirjam Swanson: Tyronn Lue on the Clippers' absent trio, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley: "They're doing better." On Pat: "Just being cautious and holding him out of back to backs."
Kristina Pink: Clippers Injury Report tonight vs Miami: Paul George (Bone Edema Right Toe), Kawhi Leonard (Left Lower Leg Contusion), and Patrick Beverley (Rest-Healthy) are all OUT.
Andrew Greif: The Clippers are in Minnesota today for the start of a two-game road trip. Patrick Beverley (knee) made the trip, while Paul George (foot) could not. PG continuing to rest/recover from swelling in the bone in a toe on his right foot.
Mirjam Swanson: Ty Lue on Paul George's status: "No timetable right now."
Mirjam Swanson: Tyronn Lue on Paul George's foot injury: "I don't know, I don't know, I don't know (any details) but we're gonna miss him and wish him a speedy recovery."
Tomer Azarly: Paul George and the Clippers made sure to specify that the ice on PG’s shoulders is a ‘traditional’ routine and there’s ‘no reason to be alarmed here.’ PG laughs and says ‘never.’
Andrew Greif: Paul George said he felt "insecurities" throughout the season because his repaired shoulders didn't feel quite right. He says he now feels "great again." "Feeling back to myself again."
The LA Clippers limp into the All-Star break with injury concerns after Paul George suffered a strained left hamstring again and was ruled out of Thursday night's 141-133 double-overtime loss to the Boston Celtics. The Clippers announced George was out at halftime because of the same injury that cost him nine straight games in January and a total of 10 games. "He just told me that he felt his hamstring again," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said about when George hurt himself in the first half. "He said it wasn't bad. I said you shouldn't have told me that. I don't think he wanted to come out. But once you tell me your hamstring, you feel anything, we have an All-Star break coming up, it's a no-brainer for us."
Andrew Greif: Paul George said his nose isn’t broken. “I didn’t feel blood start trickling when it first happened and then next thing I know it’s Niagara Falls just flowing.” pic.twitter.com/6wUFJRkDFi
Jovan Buha: Paul George, who hasn’t played since Jan. 5, is getting shots up at shootaround. The team has listed him as probable for tonight’s game vs. Sacramento. pic.twitter.com/dbEfl74coW
Andrew Greif: Patrick Beverley (groin) and Paul George (hamstring) are listed by the team as "probable" to play Thursday against Sacramento.
Andrew Greif: Doc Rivers pregame on PG: "I think he did 2-on-2 (Tues.). I think he did something today as well but as I said before I know he’s close but I don’t know if that means tomorrow, or five days. We’re just letting him go through the process. That’s something you don’t want to rush."
Andrew Greif: Clippers forwards Paul George (hamstring) and Kawhi Leonard (left knee injury management) will *not* play tonight in Atlanta, per the team. Pat Beverley, who left last night’s win in Dallas with a sore right groin, is “doubtful” to play.
Jovan Buha: Paul George is getting shots up at shootaround. Doc Rivers said it’s unlikely we see him tonight. pic.twitter.com/zxmm0clhCH
Andrew Greif: Paul George will miss his third consecutive game with a strained left hamstring, according to the Clippers injury report. The Clippers play Cleveland tomorrow.
Andrew Greif: Paul George will not travel to Denver for Sunday’s game, and will be re-evaluated after the weekend.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Doc Rivers said there wasn’t anything specific that happened with Paul George’s injury. Rivers also said he thinks the injury has more to do with the “back” and he will be evaluated. George’s injury was listed as left hamstring tightness.
Jovan Buha: Paul George is making his season debut tonight, according to Doc Rivers.
Tim MacMahon: Doc Rivers says he expects Paul George to make his Clippers debut tomorrow in New Orleans. Will Kawhi Leonard play on the second night of a back-to-back? “I don’t know yet,” Rivers said. “That was a good question. Nice try.”
Andrew Greif: Clippers injury report ahead of Wednesday's game in Houston: Paul George is questionable and Landry Shamet (ankle) is out. Kawhi Leonard is not on the team's injury list.
Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George plans to make his season debut on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Barring an unexpected setback, the six-time All-Star will take the court for the first since his first-round exit in April when he was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Los Angeles Clippers All-Star Paul George will make his franchise debut during upcoming roadtrip to Houston (Wednesday) and New Orleans (Thursday), league sources tell ESPN. George and Clippers still deciding on first game. He had been rehabilitating offseason shoulder surgeries.
Mark Medina: Doc Rivers said he’s not sure if Paul George will play in Houston on Wednesday. No new update on his progress
JD Shaw: Clippers star Paul George is being listed as OUT for tomorrow’s game. Los Angeles will travel to Houston and play the Rockets on Wednesday.
Moments later, however, Rivers expressed his reservations about George’s return coinciding with Kawhi Leonard facing Toronto for the first time since leaving that franchise last summer as a free agent. “I doubt that he plays [Monday],” Rivers said of George. “But it’s a possibility.”
George said his conditioning is "the least of concern" for him right now. The All-Star is looking to regain his rhythm after undergoing surgery in May to repair a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder and then a month later repairing a partial tear of his left labrum. "I still got some stuff," George said when asked if he feels ready to return. "From a health standpoint, I feel great. But I think just rhythm, especially where these guys are at right now in their season, they're flowing right now. So I just want to come in with an easy transition."
Eric Smith: Paul George practiced today for the Clippers, fully. Live drills etc. Doc Rivers asked..."what's the plan?" ......he says "I don't know yet"
Josh Lewenberg: Paul George returned to practice for the Clippers today. Doc said it's possible he could play in their next game: Monday vs the Raptors. Will he be load managed when he comes back? Doc: "I'm scared of that word."
In terms of a specific return date for George, sources tell The Athletic the Clippers are focused on the back-to-back set of road games at Houston (Nov. 13) and New Orleans (Nov. 14). If he plays against the Rockets, he’s not expected to play in the Pelicans game.
Malika Andrews: Doc Rivers said Paul George is inching closer to returning to the court for the Clippers, but he has yet to play 5-on-5 live. Rivers couldn’t offer a specific return date, saying only it will be “very, very soon. Possibly our next real practice.”
Brett Dawson: Paul George hasn’t done any live portions of practice but Doc Rivers says he tried to sneak into a live session in the Clippers last practice, “unsuccessfully.” He’s getting close.
In terms of a specific return date for Paul George, sources tell The Athletic the Clippers are focused on the back-to-back set of road games at Houston (Nov. 13) and New Orleans (Nov. 14). If he plays against the Rockets, he’s not expected to play in the Pelicans game.
Jovan Buha: Here's Doc Rivers' full quote on Paul George: "He's been going hard. He's doing more live work. Just not in a 5-on-5 yet. Hopefully, next week we start doing that. I'll give you that much. Then we go from there."
Paul George was on the bench with his team the entire game and was just as enthusiastic and animated as he would be if he weren’t rehabbing from two shoulder procedures. The All-Star forward is expected to make his season debut in approximately three weeks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Mark Medina: Doc Rivers said Paul George will go through non contact drills through all of training camp. Not clear when he’ll start doing full contact work. He’s doing some spot shooting drills right now
Jovan Buha: Doc Rivers said Kawhi Leonard continues to add to his workload each day. He essentially confirmed Leonard won’t play in Hawaii. Paul George will maintain the same workload for the next week or so.
Andrew Greif: Paul George: “I’ve dealt with injuries, dealt with rehab...there’s no rush.” Said he’s staying engaged with everything team is doing in practices even if his own participation has been limited to “skeleton” drills.
LA Clippers forward Paul George says he will not play in the pre-season and is targeting a November return from surgeries he had on both shoulders this offseason. In an interview with SportsCenter on Sunday, before the team's annual media day, George said he still has "a little ways to go" in his rehabilitation, but "I'm where I want to be right now at this point in the season almost starting. I like where the progression is going."
"I will be out of the preseason," George told ESPN. "As of now, I'll be out of October fully, but who knows? We'll see. In the November range is our target date."
Ramona Shelburne: Note: The Clippers knew Paul George could and probably would miss first few weeks of the season when they traded for him. November has been the target, albeit a moving one.
Ramona Shelburne: The return date for Paul George is a bit of a moving target. But he told me today he’s out all of training camp and hoping to be back “November-ish” catch the full interview in @SportsCenter later today.
Mark Medina: Paul George on his health: "I'm pretty good. I'll be in camp starting this week." He does not think he'll do contact, but he'll do 5-on-0 drills.
Jovan Buha: Paul George told @NBATV he's 85-90 percent, if he had to put a percentage on it. "But I'm close," George said. "I'm happy with where I'm at."
Frank said that George has “made great progress” since having off-season surgery on his left shoulder, but declined to provide a timetable on his possible return.
George has been in the training facility practicing and weightlifting for nearly three weeks, as we’ve seen on Instagram. His on-court work has primarily consisted of shooting and finishing-at-the-rim exercises, one-on-one drills to keep his isolation skills sharp and free throws. He has yet to return to full-contact action. But that hasn’t prevented from being in the gym every day, including making late-night trips with Leonard and Lou Williams. “He’s made great progress,” Frank said. “He works his tail off. He’s been terrific. We have a great performance, health and wellness staff. … We put it in their hands. He works extremely hard. He’s extremely excited and motivated. I’m sure you guys have seen some of the stuff that’s been posted. He gets after it.”
When asked if George was ahead of schedule in his recovery, Frank declined to go into specifics. “We don’t talk about timetables,” Frank said. “We leave it up to our medical people to determine that.”
Jovan Buha: Clippers pres. of basketball ops. Lawrence Frank to the media today on Paul George’s status ahead of training camp: “He’s made great progress. He works his tail off. He’s been terrific. ... We have a great performance, health and wellness staff. We put it in their hands. He works extremely hard. He’s extremely excited and motivated. I’m sure you guys have seen some of the stuff that’s been posted. He gets after it.”
Jovan Buha: On if PG is ahead of schedule at this point in his recovery: Frank: “We don’t talk about timetables. We leave it up to our medical staff to determine that.”
My speculative answer: I think George will return around the start of the season on Oct. 22, give or take a couple weeks. The early side is probably early-to-mid October; the late side mid-to-late November. Most people I’ve spoken to around the league are leaning towards the latter, with George likely missing the start of the season. The recovery process from surgery is rarely linear — there can be unforeseen setbacks or progress in the process. There’s enough time — almost two months until he’ll be re-evaluated — for things to change for George. We’ll have a better idea around the start of training camp in late September.
Mirjam Swanson: PG on his return from his shoulder injury: “No set date. I’m progressing really, really well.”
Paul George has undergone two shoulder surgeries since the end of the season. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Friday morning the Thunder will have a better feel for George’s status closer to training camp in late September. George is expected to miss most of preseason as he recovers from surgery to his right rotator cuff and left labrum. “He’s doing well,” Presti said. “He’s going to make a full recovery.”
Paul George had successful elective surgery on his right shoulder to repair a partial thickness supraspinatus tendon tear. George will also address a small labrum tear in his left shoulder with a procedure in the coming weeks. An update on the six-time All-Star’s return-to-play status will be provided prior to the start of the 2019-20 NBA season.
Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Paul George underwent rotator cuff surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder Tuesday and will miss at least the start of preseason training camp, league sources told ESPN.
Before the injury in late February, George had been considered an MVP front-runner and a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. He is expected to make a full recovery, although it won't be until the preseason when the Thunder next address a time frame for his return.
Erik Horne: Donovan on Paul George’s shoulder(s): “I’m sure he’s going to have to deal with that, but he was cleared to play. He’s not a guy that ever complained. When he was in discomfort or had problems, he voiced those to me.”
Royce Young: Paul George on his shoulder said he’ll “address it this summer and come back next season healthy.” Wouldn’t say if surgery was in the plans or not.
Royce Young: Paul George said today that his shoulder is pain-free. "It didn't have any effect during the game." Re-iterated yesterday's performance was more rhythm related.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan said Russell Westbrook (right ankle) and Paul George (right shoulder) both participated in all activities during the Thunder's light practice Monday.
Brett Dawson: Paul George says four days ago he couldn’t lift his shoulder. Says today was the first day he shot the ball. Says he’ll get up shots tomorrow and hope for the same looks in Game 2.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan on Paul George’s shoulder: “I think he’ll be fine, but when you don’t play for a while, it’s going to be a matter of him trying to find his rhythm.”
Brett Dawson: Paul George getting up shots. Has been going through his regular routine. pic.twitter.com/bgufGIkAO2
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan says Paul George will be a game-time decision. "He'll go out for his normal workout then we'll have more detail once he gets out from there."
Royce Young: Billy Donovan says Paul George is “day to day” with his shoulder. He says OKC didn’t do much contact today in practice. Wouldn’t speculate either way if George will be available for Game 1.
Royce Young: Paul George said the pain in his right shoulder was too much to try and play through against Milwaukee, but says “as much as I can get it 100 as possible or close to it, you can expect me out there Sunday.”
September 26, 2021 | 6:15 am EDT Update
“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.
When asked directly about Irving’s vaccination status — or his plans to change it — multiple people familiar with his thinking declined to answer directly. But one confidant and family member floated to Rolling Stone the idea of anti-vaxx players skipping home games to dodge the New York City ordinance… or at least threatening to protest them, until the NBA changes its ways.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
A spokeswoman for Irving declined to respond to a list of questions regarding his vaccination and playing status, and Irving did not immediately respond to a message from Rolling Stone. But as teams return to pre-season training camps next week, fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to receive a single vaccine dose, league sources tell RS. Most are considered merely reluctant skeptics. Some of the holdouts, however, amount to their own shadow roster of anti-vaxxers mounting a behind-the-scenes resistance to Covid protocols — and the truth.
Isaac considers un-vaxxed players to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks “it’s an injustice” to automatically make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities. He rejects the NBA’s proposal for a vaccine mandate and social distancing for players like him during team travel: “You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent. “If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Enes Kanter — the veteran center, devout Muslim and outspoken liberal — senses a creep of the religious right upon his workplace, which just happens to involve players like Isaac sweating all over him and yelling in his face: “If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go to together,” he tells RS. “I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys — I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?’”
In their sit-down interview back in August, Durant and Green rehashed the incident and how it ultimately affected KD’s decision to leave the Warriors. Surprisingly, KD claimed it wasn’t the beef itself that pushed him away, but the way Steve Kerr, Bob Myers and the front office handled things. “It wasn’t the argument,” the former Warriors star said. “It was the way that everybody … Steve Kerr acted like it didn’t happen. Bob Myers tried to just discipline you and think that would put a mask over everything. I really felt that was such a big situation for us as a group, the first time we went through something like that. We had to get that s— all out.”