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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Paul George on leg injury: It felt like gasoline was on my leg and someone lit a match

Paul George met with the media on Friday for the first time since breaking his leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage in Las Vegas two weeks ago.

The Indiana Pacers star said there was no timetable on his return and said USA Basketball should not be blamed for what he described as a “freak accident.” He also shared what it was like to go through the horrible experience. And, man, it sounded every bit as bad as it looked.

“When I looked down and saw my bone sticking out, I knew it was bad,” said George. “I’ve felt pain before. This was a pain I’ve never felt before. So I knew how bad this was.

“Just on fire. My leg felt like it was in flames.

“It was a quick five minutes, and then my body kind of went into shock. I was in pain for a good 5-10 minutes. It just felt like a burning sensation throughout my whole leg.”

What’s comforting is that George is maintaining a positive outlook despite the horrifying experience.

“I’m really taking this in a positive way. I can sit back and watch the game and just learn,” George says of his upcoming year off.

George has also been busy giving back to his hometown. He is switching jersey numbers from 24 to 13 and donated all the old jerseys to his high school in Palmdale. With his attitude, we can definitely expect him to be in top shape when he returns. He definitely has the mental part down.

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