Although there was an emotional reunion with Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski and an uplifting visit from boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., Indiana Pacers Paul George forward still was in a state of disbelief the day after having surgery to repair the open, lower-leg fracture he suffered Friday night.
“Paul’s doing well now. He’s doing good. He’s just resting right now,” Paul George Sr. told the Indianapolis Star’s Candace Buckner. “If it had to break, it broke the right way. It broke evenly, so they’re saying he should be back 100 percent. But of course, he’s got to go through his long process of healing and getting back in the gym, but they’re saying that shouldn’t stop him from doing what he was doing once he’s healthy again.”
There was no ligament damage, only the broken tibia and fibia. George, who had a rod inserted in surgery shortly after breaking his leg, is expected to leave the hospital and return to Indianapolis on Monday. Although it’s early in his recovery, his father is preparing for George to miss all of the season. “We’re saying the whole year,” George Sr. said. “With an injury like that, you need some time off. Doctors said give him at least three months before he can start putting weight on it. Then he said from there it’s up to him how far he can go with it. We’ll have to play it by ear. He’s hurting. He still can’t believe that this has happened.”
His father described George’s mental state at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center as morphing into determination. “He keeps saying, ‘Why me? Why me?’ ” George Sr. said. “Hey, we don’t know. Everything happens for a reason. You just have to take it and build off of it. He’s already saying, ‘Dad, I can’t wait. When I get past this, I’m going to be even better.’ He’s going to be all right. He just hates that he can’t go with them on this journey.”
Coach K, who was coaching the Duke team when Louisville’s Kevin Ware suffered a similar injury in the 2013 NCAA tournament, hugged George in a photo released by George’s sister.
Picture of Coach K hugging Paul George from his hospital bed (via PG’s sister): pic.twitter.com/lAk37XnJjm
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Mayweather had been sitting courtside at the scrimmage at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center on Friday night.