DESPITE the gruesome experience of suffering a career-threatening injury in the lead up to last year’s FIBA World Cup, Paul George remains committed about playing for Team USA in major international competitions especially the Olympics.
“Yes, I would still love to represent my country,” George said in a Spin.ph interview during the launching of the Nike Rise program. “It’s a lifelong dream of mine to win the gold medal and doing so with our league’s best players.”
The career of the Indiana Pacers star took a huge hit when he suffered a compound fracture on his left leg during a US scrimmage in the build-up to last year’s World Cup.
Fortunately for George, he was able to recover quickly that allowed him to play a handful of games at the tail-end of the last NBA season.
The injury that befell George put under the microscope the risk NBA players have to go through playing in big international meets such as the World Cup and the Olympics, so much so that it became a topic of discussion among people around the league.
But the damage he suffered didn’t hinder George from his desire to still play for flag and country, which includes the coming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The 25-year-old combo guard remains part of the 40-man US pool that included the same roster of players which won the World Cup last year.
George, currently in the country as guest coach of Nike’s reality basketball development program Rise, said his injury hardly affected him psychologically on his way to recovery as he even saw action in the Pacers’ last six games in the regular season.
“I’m a very confident person. I still felt like I was prepared, I worked extremely hard in rehabbing and staying polished. I was confident when my number was called to get back out there to help my team win,” said George.