ANDERSON – News may move a bit slower in the isolated world of an NFL Training Camp, but eventually what happens in the outside world filters in.
Chuck Pagano got some rather sad news when he woke up on Saturday morning about one of Indianapolis’ most popular sport athletes whose not on his Colts team.
“Obviously on behalf of the entire organization, our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul,” said Pagano of Paul George, who suffered a compound fracture of his right leg during Team USA’s Blue and White Scrimmage Friday night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. “Injuries happen. This is a devastating injury to a great, great young talent.
“We all want to let Paul know that he’s in our thoughts and prayers. We’ve got his back. We’re all family in this city. We support one another. We all love Paul.”
As the Colts were sleeping on Friday night the social media world exploded with pictures and major reactions from the incident, which George was forced to have surgery on early on Saturday morning in Las Vegas.
While the surgery was deemed a success by doctors, per a release by USA Basketball, it’s expected that George will miss the 2014-2015 regular season as he recovers from the injury.
Like his coach, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck sent his best wishes to George as he moves forward.
"I've never gotten to meet Paul personally but I've always been a bit fan and your heart goes out to him. What a terrible thing," said Luck on George. "We all know he'll come back stronger than ever. His work ethic, his dedication, you can see it on the court, I'm sure he'll approach it the same way.
"He'll be healthy and get back soon."
Luck and George have each had a near parallel rise to the top of Indianapolis sports since 2012 when the quarterback took over the job for the Colts and George came into his own with the Pacers.
This past season George enjoyed his finest offensive season of his career as he led the team in scoring with 21.7 points per game along with 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest.
Speaking after the team's workout on Saturday afternoon, Pagano offered these words of wisdom to George as he begins his rehabilitation.
"Right now it's a tough pill to swallow as we know but we're all going to be faced with adversity, we're all going to be faced with circumstances and our message to him is take it one day at a time," said Pagano. "Keep chopping wood, pick that axe up, keep chopping wood and eventually that tree will eventually fall and he'll get healthy and he'll be back better than ever.
"Again, he's in our thoughts and prayers."