Paul suffered a horrific leg injury during the Team USA Basketball scrimmage in Las Vegas on August 1, but he’s ‘feeling good after surgery,’ a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY! Plus, the Indiana Pacers star believes he’ll ‘come back better than ever!’
Indiana Pacers star Paul George, 24, suffered a horrific right leg injury at the Team USA Basketball scrimmage, which was broadcast live on TV, in Las Vegas on August 1. The world was shocked upon seeing him fracture his tibia and fibula bones in his lower right leg, but Paul quickly eased his fans’ minds — he used Twitter to thank them for thinking of him during such a difficult time. And now, following his surgery, we have more insight into how Paul’s feeling about his recovery!
Paul George Leg Injury: Recovery Is Promising, Will Come Back ‘Better Than Ever’
“Paul is feeling good after surgery. He is under the mindset that at least something like this happened now, when he is young, rather than later in his career, when he would [likely] have to call it quits. He knows that he has access to the best doctors and the best training facilities, so he is eager to put in the work and come back better than ever,” a source close to the basketball star tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“Appreciate the champ @floydmayweather visiting me in the hospital.. Gave me some great advice and kept my spirits high!! Appreciate you once again big bro! #TBE #TMT,” Paul wrote.
In case you missed it, during the Team USA Basketball scrimmage, Paul leapt up to prevent a shot by James Harden and hit the base of the basket. When his leg met the base, it twisted and broke instantly.
DeAndre Jordan Sends Positive Message To Paul George
Thankfully, Floyd and Paul’s fans aren’t the only ones supporting him through this difficult time. DeAndre Jordan, who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, says he can’t wait for Paul to return to the court! (How sweet.)
“You know it’s a brotherhood in the NBA. During the 82-game season, we try to knock each other’s heads off, but if somebody goes down like that, we never want to see that. I actually reached out to Paul and he got back to me after surgery — his spirits are high. I am wishing him a speedy and healthy recovery. I can’t wait till he gets back on the court,” DeAndre told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
So how long will it be before Paul steps out on the court again? While nothing has been confirmed as of yet, Paul is likely to be off the court for the 2014-2015 season, a source told Yahoo! Sports. He should be released from the hospital in the next few days.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Will Paul make a full recovery?
— Written by Chris Rogers, Reporting by Russ Weakland