PBT Extra: One-on-one with Paul George talking recovery, March comeback

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NEW YORK — All-Star weekend we got the chance to sit down with Pacers swingman Paul George to talk about his recovery from a catastrophic leg injury this summer while playing for Team USA.

Geroge said it was a long process, but he plans to return to the league mid-March.

“I want to (play this season),” George told PBT. “March 1st was the date I wanted to be able to full on practice without limitations or restrictions, and from there see where things go. But mid-March is ideally where I want to be able to make a comeback and play my first game.

“But it’s so many steps I have to take to get to that point it’s just a date I threw out.”

He also told us he plans to come back a better player.

“The only thing that I could have done for three or four months was dribble the basketball and shoot the basketball,” George said. “So I definitely think my ball handling, and my shooting has improved, and my strength is improved. Those three were the biggest things I needed to work on going into the next season. It’s almost been a blessing in disguise that I was injured, to really focus on those points. So I’m excited to make the comeback.”