The Indiana Pacers were happy to have Paul George speak to the media at a press conference yesterday afternoon, and he mentioned that he was still holding out hope that he could play in this season. It doesn’t appear that his hopes will come true, but it is hard to count anything out at this point in time. While most news about George is still very depressing for Pacers fans, there is a piece of news that could at least give some sort of positive glance at his next move.
As early as next week, PG can start little rehab stuff with his knee to keep tendon’s strong. Also some upper-body workouts.
— Andrew Perna (@Andrew_Perna) August 15, 2014
Obviously that doesn’t mean that he will be getting out on the court running, or even walking for that matter. He is simply going to begin exercising his leg very slowly, and keeping the muscles in his leg as strong as possible. Upper body work outs will be good for him as well, as it will help him to continue getting stronger and tougher for when he does come back.
One of the main things that George was working on this offseason was becoming stronger when getting to the rim. Now, he will have the ability to lift weights as often as he would like, and that could end up being a good thing for him when everything is said and done. Unfortunately, he will be unable to shoot a basketball for a good amount of time, but this is the first small step in the right direction.
George is one of the best up-and-coming players in the NBA, and is confident that he will return better than ever. His doctors are also very optimistic about him returning to be the player that he was prior to the injury. There was no ligament damage, and it was a clean break in his leg which was very good news to hear.
Overall, don’t be surprised to hear that George is doing some minor leg workouts as well as upper body work in the next couple of weeks. He is very excited about the challenge that he is about to take on, but he knows that there will be good and bad days. There is no doubt that he is working with one of the best medical staffs in the entire NBA, and they will do their best to help him get back out on the floor as soon as possible.