Pacers expect Paul George to eventually be his old self

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Paul George isn't expected to return next season.  (USATSI)
Paul George isn't expected to return next season. (USATSI)

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Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel met with reporters Monday and said that while everything is looking good for forward Paul George's recovery from a traumatic leg injury -- and it's still possible George could play next season -- their expectation is that he will miss the entire 2014-2015 campaign.

The AP reports that team doctors have said that George will be back to "his old self."

Eleven days after George sustained a compound fracture in his right leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage, president of basketball operations Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel spoke for the first time about their star's prognosis. They said team doctors believe George eventually can be his old self on the court.

"No one has told us he's going to be out for the whole year, but based off our conversations, we're expecting him to be out for the whole year but we don't really know. ... If he can play, he's going to play."

George suffered a compound fracture during a Team USA exhibition earlier this month and immediately had surgery. Players expressed their support after the incident. The Pacers' odds to win the title plummeted after the injury, and the team has been pursuing Shawn Marion as a replacement. Marion has also drawn interest from the Cavaliers.

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