You could understand if Paul George were a little bit hesitant about playing for Team USA again. He was wearing the Team USA jersey in Las Vegas just a little less than a year ago when exhibition game he suffered as gruesome a leg injury as you will see. One that cost him most of the last season.
Does he want to put that jersey again next summer and try to earn a roster spot for Rio De Janeiro? David Woods of the Indy Star asked.
“Of course,” he said. “I’ve had a dream of lifting that gold medal. That’s definitely motivation.”
As for the incident, George has moved on.
“It almost seems like it happened ages ago,” he said of the broken leg. “I forget sometimes it was only less than a year. It hasn’t really been in the back of my mind anymore. I’m kind of beyond that phase. That’s the good thing.
“I’m not going to work, having flashbacks or thinking about coming down wrong. I’ve just been out on the court playing, just working out.”
If George is back to his vintage self, he likely makes that Team USA squad.
His versatile style of play, his defense, his ability to hit the three, the fact he can finish in transition all fit perfectly with Coach K’s up-tempo, “overwhelm them with athleticism” style of play.
For the good of the league and NBA fans everywhere, I hope he is back to form next season. Then in the summer of 2016 we can unleash him on the rest of the world.