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Paul George Injury Update: Pacers Star Speaks on Return, USA Basketball Camp

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2015

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Although it's unclear whether Paul George will return to the Indiana Pacers this season, he's planning to take part in a USA Basketball training camp in August.  

John Schuhmann of NBA.com passed along comments from the small forward, who suffered a leg injury while playing for the national team last summer. He said there's never been hesitation about returning to international play once healthy.

"I'm in. Of course," George said. "The day it happened, right after, I told them I looked forward to continuing on with USA basketball."

The update from George comes a couple of days after he explained his mindset about a potential return to the Pacers this season.

NBA.com's Steve Aschburner notes he talked about the different factors that come into play: "I think if it gets to the point where these guys are in the playoffs, and I'm thinking about coming back, I think at that point, I might as well let these guys finish the year out because that's just too big to try and make a push."

He stated that while he would love to get back on the court, getting completely healthy and judging how his return would impact the team is essential.

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"I want to play, but I don't want to play under any terms of just wanting to get out there. I want to be fully healthy," George said. "It's different if this was the beginning of the year, and we were still trying to find our way. But these guys are playing at the top at their game right now and again, the last thing I want to do is slow them down."

All told, sitting out the rest of the regular season and then taking part in the training camp may be the best route for him. It would give him some extra time to heal but also allow him to shake off the rust before next season arrives.

Coming back too soon could result in a setback and another long absence. So George must do what's best for both himself and the team. Exactly what that means will take more time to sort out as he continues the recovery process.

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