Paul George and the severe leg injury he suffered during Team USA’s Blue and White scrimmage has the basketball world shook up and many are trying to predict just much time the Indiana Pacers superstar will miss. Some have suggested George could miss up to 18 months, others have projected as little as nine months.
Still, there seems to be the general belief that George will not play in the upcoming season.
Famed trainer Tim Grover (he’s worked with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade) has now given his take on the matter, providing a step-by-step process of George’s recovery.
Probable Paul George timetable: 3-4 months: cast. Walk: 6mos. Run: 9mos. Plyo:11mos. Bball activities: 12mos. Mental return? No timetable.
— Tim S. Grover (@ATTACKATHLETICS) August 2, 2014
As Grover mentions, the mental aspect is a huge factor. Regardless of how long it takes George to physically recover, one has to wonder if the star forward will show any trepidation when he gets back on the basketball court.
Injuries like the one he suffered can be mentally scarring and we can only hope George can overcome that and be back to his old self by the start of the 2015-16 season.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement following George’s injury:
“It was difficult to watch the injury that Paul George sustained tonight while representing his country. The thoughts and prayers of all of us at the NBA are with Paul and his family.”
George averaged 21.7 points and 6.8 rebounds this past season for Indiana.