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Paul George: No timetable for return, doesn't blame Team USA

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Paul George spoke with the media Friday.  (YAHOO Sports)
Paul George spoke with the media Friday. (YAHOO Sports)

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Indiana Pacers forward Paul George met with the media Friday for the first time since his devastating leg injury in a Team USA scrimmage two weeks ago.

In a press conference, George arrived on crutches after undergoing surgery the night of the injury, in which a titanium rod and multiple pins were inserted to stabilize the compound fracture in his right leg. George told reporters that there is "no timeline" for his return.

"I don't know yet," George said. "We don't want to put a date on it or a time frame on it."

George described the pain of the injury as if his leg were "set on fire" with gasoline, and that he was in total shock when the injury occurred.

"When I looked down and saw the bone," George said, "I knew it was bad. I had felt pain before, and this was a pain that I had not felt."

George addressed criticism for Team USA in light of the injury, calling it a "freak accident" and labeling the criticism as "unfair." Following the injury a wider discussion of NBA player involvement, spearheaded by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban erupted, focused on whether players should be risking significant injury which can impact their livelihood given that neither they nor the NBA are compensated for their efforts.

The All-Star forward also said that he's definitely open to playing in Brazil in 2016 for Team USA, and that he starts rehab on his knee as early as next week.

HT: 8Points9Seconds

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