Larry Bird released statement regarding injured Paul George

Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird listens to a question during a news conference Monday, June 2, 2014, in Indianapolis. The Pacers lost to the Miami Heat in the conference finals. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird listens to a question during a news conference Monday, June 2, 2014, in Indianapolis. The Pacers lost to the Miami Heat in the conference finals. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana Pacers’ president of basketball operations Larry Bird released a statement about Paul George on Saturday morning.

George underwent surgery on his right leg after a tibia-fibula fracture he received during the U.S. national team’s intra-squad scrimmage Friday night.

“Our first thoughts are with Paul and his family. It is way too early to speculate on his return as the No. 1 priority for everyone will be his recovery. Our initial discussions with our doctors and the doctors in Las Vegas have us very optimistic. We are hopeful at some point next week Paul will return to Indianapolis to continue his recovery,” said Bird.

Bird also said this setback will not affect the rest of the team.

“There is no question about the impact on our team but our goal is to be as strong-willed and determined as Paul will be in coming back. Our franchise has had setbacks in its history but has demonstrated the abilities to recover. Paul will provide the example of that off the court and it is up to the rest of us to provide that example on the court. Any discussion regarding the future of our team would be inappropriate at this time. Our focus is solely on Paul and doing whatever we can to help.”

Paul George tweeted out to his followers that he is thankful for all the support.

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