INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana Pacers star Paul George arrived to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in a Ferrari convertible on Friday for his first public appearance since his serious leg injury earlier this month.
Pacers employees lined the path wearing blue and gold and holding signs for George.
George doled out a lot of thanks before catching people up on what he’s been doing.
Although he said that it was tough at first to be at home recovering, George said as days go on it’s getting easier. He’s catching up on TV series, video games and hanging out with family.
George said he knew there was a problem right away during the U.S. game. He said it felt like he had gasoline on his leg and someone lit a match.
“This was a pain I had never felt before,” he said.
George provided no timeline for recovery, but said he’s confident he will come back. He currently has a rod in his right leg with pins in his knee and ankle to keep it in place.
“It’s really a day-to-day process right now,” George said.
Fellow Pacers player have been supportive, George said. CJ Watson visited him in Las Vegas. George Hill and Chris Copeland visited him in Indianapolis. Meanwhile, Roy Hibbert brought him some gifts – Gummy Bears and a silk and fur blanket.
George said fans shouldn’t worry about the Pacers being competitive, saying the team can still accomplish a lot without him. He plans to use the down time as an opportunity to mentor young players and better learn the system.