The compound fracture is going to end Paul George's run with team USA. It will end his run with the Indiana Pacers for the 2014-2015 season. It will change the complexion of the East Conference for the upcoming season and put the Pacers from contenders to battling for a six, seven and eight seed. Luckily for Paul George, no matter the pain and how gruesome the injury maybe, he is still in good health and high spirits. George is a young player, with no injury history and hopefully a long career in front of him. This is a minor set back in his path to pursue greatness.
Clearly George is beloved by not only the city of Indianapolis, which he has helped put back on the basketball map, but the entire basketball community. Love and support poured out throughout Friday night into the day Saturday. This paired with visits from a variety of celebrities has put George in a good hand space to start making his comeback. There is no guarantee that George will ever make it back to playing basketball 100%, let alone at all, but all indicators show that he should be able to make a full recovery and rejoin the Blue and Gold in a year.
In the meantime, team USA must pick up the pieces and get back to work. The Pacers need to determine how they are going to fill the PG gap for a year and George needs to spend his time concentrating on recovering. The Pacer community needs to come out and support this team more then ever as the Eastern Conference has gotten tougher and the the Pacers are down some critical members.
This won't be an easy path back but Derek Rose should be an inspiration for George as he has come back from two serious injuries to look better then ever. George will always be a Pacer and the G2 zone, although down a man, will always be the G2 zone. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow because as you can see you never know when something crazy might happen and you can't anymore - thanks for reading!!
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