“THE POWER OF REHAB”


“THE PACERS PAUL GEORGE IS BACK”

Coming off a superb 20013-1014 season Paul George was at the top of his game. Named a 3rd-team All-NBA selection put George among the elite in the sport. On August 1, 2014 George went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. In a meaningless USA National Team scrimmage, Houston superstar James Harden went up for a shot with George defending him. What happened next changed the 2014-15 season for the Indiana Pacers, George and the rest of the Eastern Conference. George landed awkwardly and suffered a gruesome compound fracture of both bones in his lower right leg. Through a rigorous rehab process the 25-year old California native made it back for the last 6 regular season games.

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PACERS ALL-STAR PAUL GEORGE IS BACK HEALTHY FROM SERIOUS LEG INJURY

Paul George was not a highly recruited high school player. Choosing Fresno State University over Georgetown, Penn State, and Pepperdine barely put a blip on the recruiting scene.  What the 6’9″ SF/SG did in his 2 years in college did, however. George showed off superb athleticism and an improved overall game where he eventually declared for the 2010 NBA Draft. The Indiana Pacers took the chance and selected George with the 10th overall pick. It was a picked that changed the direction of the franchise.

Coming off a solid rookie season which included being named a 2nd team NBA All-Rookie Team selection, George blossomed in his second year. By his 3rd year, he was awarded with his first NBA ALL-STAR appearance and began being included in the same breath as the NBA’s elite. Averaging 17.4pts, 7.6reb, 4.1ast, 1.8stl during the 2012-13 season showed what type of player Pacers General Manager Larry Bird had selected. There are a handful of legit superstars and Paul George was on his way to becoming one.

The 2013-14 season was another monster season. On his way to another 3rd team ALL-NBA selection, George averaged 21.7pts, 6.8reb, 3.5ast, 1.9stl and earned his second All-STAR game berth. He led the Pacers into the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Miami Heat and the trio of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade.

George has been a great example of what can happen when you combine hard work and determination. There were no guarantees him or anybody else who suffered such an injury could make there way back to the level they were at. Through the grueling rehab process and working his way back into game shape, a case can be PaulGeorgemade that the through the first 34 games of the 2015-16, he is playing the best basketball of his career. Leading the way for the 19-15 Pacers, George is averaging 24.5pts, 7.7reb, and 4ast per game. In the running for the MVP, George is trying to keep Indiana afloat in the Eastern Conference. While the team might be a year or 2 away from competing for a title, one thing is certain. Paul George is back and the game of basketball is better because of that.

 

 

PAUL GEORGE AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  1. NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM (2011)
  2. NBA MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (2013)
  3. NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM (2013)
  4. NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM (2014)
  5. 2X ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM (2013, 2014)
  6. 2X NBA ALL-STAR (2013, 2014)

NOTE: Article was previously written on 1/7/16

 

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT IN VIDEO

BELOW IS THE PLAY IN WHICH PAUL GEORGE GOT INJURED

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11 thoughts on ““THE POWER OF REHAB””

  1. Katie says:

    Found your article on George very good it really give a good background on his career, and who he is as a player also highlights the fitness and skill that is needed to play at the top end of Basketball, I do enjoy watching a good game when I can and the amount of talent you see from players is just amazing, Watched the video and it looked such a nasty injury, he has done well to come back from this and it is a credit not only to him but those who have worked with him to regain a level of fitness that even exceeded his performance, very inspirational. Often we see sports injuries end their careers which must be a very difficult thing to come to terms with. an excellent piece of sports writing.

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Thank you very much.

  2. Ralph says:

    Paul George is a great talent. I remember watching when he got injured during that game and that was one of the worst injuries I have ever seen. The worst was the kid from Louisville who had his bone go through the skin. I give Paul much credit for being able to rehab that injury and come back better than ever. It takes a lot of mental toughness to come back from such an injury. Great article!

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Hello,

      Thank you for the compliments. Paul George’s injury was indeed terrible. I also agree with the player from Louisville. He broke his leg. That was one of the worst injuries I have ever seen as well. It is great to see and watch Paul George play now. He looks fully recovered from his injuries and is playing like one of the better players in the NBA, which he is. He is a great example of overcoming adversity and getting back to the player he once was.

      -Rob

  3. Adrian says:

    He’s obviously a player with tremendous ability, but that doesn’t get you anywhere if you don’t apply yourself. He’s realised that and really worked very hard to make himself one of the top players in the game even before he had the injury.

    I watched the video and saw him get injured and I could see that it was a very bad break he suffered. For him to undergo rehabilitation and come back and play top level basketball is simply amazing.

    He could have quite easily just given it away and claimed that it’s all too hard, but he didn’t, he has done an incredible job to come back and even be a better player than he was before; this is really an inspiring story.

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Hello,

      Thank you for liking the article. I completely agree with you how George has come back from that serious injury and has played like the player he was before he got hurt. He is a perfect example of an athlete who worked extremely hard in rehab to come back and become a star again. He took a negative and turned it into a positive. He is now playing like the player he was before and actually might be even better then before.

      -Rob

  4. David says:

    I was reading through your article and was inspired by the time I reached the bottom. I have a knee injury myself and was considering surgery. But now I’m going to take a closer look at rehabilitation since it helped paul regain his game. Maybe it can help me get bad on the mats. And get me back to a more active life. Truly a compelling article.

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Hello, Thank you for the comments. I, myself have had multiple back surgeries so I can understand what you are going through. Paul George’s injury was a devastating one. However, it has a nice ending because he is playing the best basketball of his career this season and is fully healthy. It took hard-work and dedication but he pulled through in the end. Best of luck to you.

      -Rob

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