PAUL George is very glad to start in the coming NBA All-Star Game after suffering a gruesome injury last year.
George told international reporters he is grateful to fans who voted for him to play in the All-Star Game in Toronto as a starter next week. The Indiana Pacers forward got 711,595 votes, third best in the Eastern Conference behind LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.
“It’s amazing. This one is probably the one that touches the most,” said George in a conference call with international reporters.
“I just feel like everyone that followed me through the journey played a huge part and I’m very thankful for all the fans that have and voted me back and got me into my third All-Star Game.”
George broke his lower right leg during practice with USA Basketball in preparation for the 2014 Fiba World Cup. He was considered out of the 2014-2015 season but was able to play a few games for the Pacers.
George said he only watched the gruesome injury once and will never see it again.
“No, I’ve only watched it once and I won’t watch it again. It’s a one-time thing. Just had to see what happened. I’ve put it behind me in the past,” said George.
Now that he is fully healed, George said he wants to repay the fans that voted him by playing his best in the All-Star Game on Sunday at Air Canada Center (Monday Manila time).
“I’m looking forward to just giving a great performance for the fans that voted me in. I definitely want to play my best and just have fun out there,” said George.
George also looks forward to playing against Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar playing his final year and a starter for the West squad.
“I’m definitely looking forward at that moment so if me and Kobe play, I’m going to enjoy that moment,” George said.