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.
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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 Gundersen: Paul George is a gametime decision for Game 1.
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.”
Dwight Jaynes: Thunder have listed Paul George as “questionable” for Sunday. I bet he plays.
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.”
Malika Andrews: Billy Donovan said a decision on whether or not Paul George (shoulder) will play tonight against the Bucks will be made after warm ups. He said there is no expectation this injury would keep George out in the playoffs.
Royce Young: Paul George is available and will start.
Royce Young: Paul George is a game-time decision still, Billy Donovan says (sore left shoulder). George will go through a pregame workout and make a decision from there.
Brett Dawson: Paul George took a hit to his shoulder getting over a screen in the Indiana game. Billy Donovan didn’t know the specific play and isn’t sure if it was the hard hit PG took on a Domantas Sabonis screen.
Brett Dawson: No Paul George update from Thunder shootaround. Billy Donovan will give an update pregame.
Brett Dawson: Thunder list Paul George as questionable with left shoulder soreness for tomorrow’s game against Denver.
Erik Horne: Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Paul George (right shoulder soreness) is progressing, but no determination has been made about tonight in Minnesota. George will be re-evaluated later today. Before San Antonio, George was ruled out at shootaround, so re-evaluation = progress.
Brett Dawson: Thunder listing Paul George (right shoulder soreness) as out for tomorrow’s game in San Antonio.
Erik Horne: Paul George (right quad contusion) upgraded to probable for Sunday against the Mavericks, Alex Abrines (stomach illness) as out, per Thunder.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan says Dennis Schroder will start in place of Paul George tonight against the Suns.
Duane Rankin: “Nothing changes when it comes to our approach.” #Suns coach Igor Kokoskov on #Thunder being without Paul George tonight with quad muscle injury. #Suns
Erik Horne: Thunder’s injury report lists Paul George as questionable for Friday against the Suns with a right quad contusion, Alex Abrines (stomach illness) as out. Subject to change.
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.”
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.”
Brett Dawson: Paul George had a successful knee scope, per the Thunder.
Up The Thunder: I guess Paul George is having surgery today?
Fred Katz: Paul George on his right hip contusion: “Getting better. I feel a lot better than yesterday. So, that’s improvement.”
Fred Katz: PG said his hip bothers him more on offense: “It was tougher for me offensively to have that burst & that push. Defensively it’s angles. I know how to read guys. I know how to shade guys certain directions and for the most part defend them how I want to defend them.”
Eric Woodyard: Thunder coach Billy Donovan on Paul George’s status: “We’re expecting him to play but we will find out more as he goes through his pregame routine.”
Erik Horne: Thunder did not list Paul George (left hip contusion) or Corey Brewer (right knee sprain) under its injury report in its game notes. Both still are projected starters. Hard to imagine both won’t play Wednesday.
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: Paul George (pelvic strain) will play tonight.
Fred Katz: Steven Adams (left hip contusion) is available to play. Paul George (pelvic strain) a game-time decision.
Royce Young: Billy Donovan said Paul George suffered a groin injury, but doesn’t know the severity as of now. He’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow back in OKC.
Brett Dawson: Paul George will play tonight. Andre Roberson is out.
Rick Bonnell: OKC’s Paul George (calf) questionable to play tonight vs. @Charlotte Hornets. Missed last 2 Thunder games.
Erik Horne: Paul George (right calf contusion) and Jerami Grant (left hip contusion) each listed as questionable for Saturday at Memphis, per Thunder.
Paul George will miss his first game as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder when they face the Brooklyn Nets in Mexico City on Thursday night. George is dealing with a right calf bruise.
Royce Young: Paul George did not practice today (illness).
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.
“Ninety percent of the whole rehab is mental,” George told USA TODAY Sports. “You’re doing the same stuff, day after day, that gets tiring. It’s tedious work rehabbing. That was really the whole battle was how do I keep motivation.”
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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The Celtics, meanwhile, will pull back and most likely build around their young core, with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as the centerpieces. According to a league source, the Celtics never felt like a deal for Davis was close as discussions unfolded this past week.
Boston had a better collection of assets and young players to dangle if it chose. But the source said that the uncertainty surrounding Davis’s future had made the Celtics reluctant to overwhelm the Pelicans with their best possible offer, and that they had abstained from including Tatum in their packages.
There was some belief that the Celtics should chase Davis at any cost and attempt to win a championship next year, just like the Raptors successfully did with Kawhi Leonard this season. But sources said the Celtics also had concerns about giving up so many important pieces of their roster that they would not necessarily even be a championship-caliber team with Davis next season.
Even if Irving departs, the Celtics remain optimistic about the state of the franchise. They hold the 14th, 20th, and 22nd picks in this draft. Even though some, if not all, of those picks likely would have been shipped out in a Davis deal, sources said the pursuit of Davis did not affect the team’s draft preparations, as they carried on, business as usual. According to a league source, the Celtics will continue to explore ways to potentially use some of those picks in deals for other current players, but that nothing was imminent.