Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Indiana Pacers star Paul George made his fist media appearance after his recent injury while playing for Team USA, saying he will come back stronger in the future.
George stated, “I plan on making a full recovery. It will make me stronger.”
The Pacers guard was using crutches to assist his right leg which has a cast from the knee down.
George broke his leg in a Team USA cross-team scrimmage, contesting a layup by James Harden.
He will likely miss the majority of the 2014-2015 season, though George still hopes to play for the Pacers.
“I would love to play this year. I know there’s a possibility that I won’t be back this year, I’m aware of that,” George stated.
He added, “I’m really taking it one day at a time. We don’t want to put a date on it or put a timeframe on it.”
The all-star will start his rehab next week, working on his knee and upper body.
George described what he felt after breaking his leg as “a pain I’ve never felt before.”
“It felt like gasoline was on my leg and someone lit a match. Felt like my leg was in flames. It was a quick five minutes then my body went into shock.”
George said he watched the footage once and will never see it again, putting the past behind.
He also expressed his gratitude to everyone who supported him and reached out to him, especially his Pacers teammates and coaching staff.
As the leading performer for the Pacers, George still believes the team will be a contender this season even without him.
“I believe deep down we can get a lot accomplished this [season] with the additions that we have, the new roles and guys working hard.”