A Fractured Career
By Jada B.
A follow-up on Paul George and how he’s holding up.
Nearly 6 months after Paul George was inflicted by a gruesome injury to his right leg, he was seen trying out a few slam dunks in practice. The guard and small forward for the Indiana Pacers feels anticipative and hopes to make a full recovery in the spring. It’s impossible to think that George’s leg could mend in such a short time, especially considering the condition it was in. However, Paul George is still keeping the faith.
August 1 of last year was Team USA’s Blue vs White basketball game, and every one of the players was hyped. George shared the Blue Team with players like the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls, and the Denver Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried. The game was going smoothly, with no sign of injury or wounds from any of the competitors. It wasn’t until the end of the game was near when the panic began. It was Paul George against James Harden with 9 minutes remaining in the game. George was bounding into the air in an attempt to block Harden’s shot when his right ankle collided with the framework of the backboard. George was hustled out of the arena in minutes as the game continued, leaving both players and audience members in awe.
6 months after the horrific injury that was said to ruin Paul’s career, the Pacers player is out of his cast and shooting hoops. “He is mainly doing work in the pool right now,” said Scott Agness, “but plans to do more court work soon. George is still highly unlikely to make it back on the court for game action this year, but I have to admire his commitment to returning.” (RotoWorld.com)
George was unable to play this season, despite his hopes, but is still looking towards next season. “I took a lot of things for granted before, so when you lose something like basketball, which is everything to me, it hurts,” George told ESPN. “I have a lot of love for the game and I think that will show when I come back. I’m completely confident we’re going down the right path, and when the time comes, I’ll be ready to go.”