Pacers star George headed to first Olympics
INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly two years ago, Paul George’s future was uncertain. A compound fracture of his right leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage — one of the most gruesome injuries ever seen — threatened to stand in the way of his basketball dreams.
Two years later, the star of the Pacers saw his comeback from that devastating injury come full circle as he was officially named to the United States Olympic team.
“It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been a roller coaster,” the 26 year-old told ESPN.com in New York.
George is one of 12 players selected to play for the Stars and Stripes in next month’s games in Rio. It’ll be his first Olympic games, and it fulfills a childhood dream.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a kid, so I’m just fortunate that grateful that I was able to return to form and com back to being the player that I was and to get this opportunity again and to play for the gold medal,” George added.