PG to ESPN on Olympics: “I want to give it a shot”

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Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball as Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors defends in the first half of Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on April 26, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Paul George appears to be warming to the idea of playing for USA Basketball once again.

The Pacers’ star forward told ESPN Friday he wants to try to play for the team this Summer during the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

One of 31 finalists for USA Basketball’s Olympic team, George missed 76 NBA games after breaking his leg while competing with the Stars and Stripes in August of 2014. Now, nearly two years removed from the injury, George was hesitant to sign on at first mostly because he was unsure of how his body would respond to an entire season of NBA action.

“I think since I’ve been off, my body’s telling me yes, my mind is telling me yes, people around me are telling me yes. So I feel good about it.” – Paul George to ESPN

George finished 2015-16 with the Pacers averaging a career-best 23.1 points per game.

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