Paul George still recovering from 2 medical procedures
By Eddie Alinea
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
Paul George might not be as healthy as his Oklahoma City Thunder and fans expect him to be in his sophomore NBA season with his new team.
The 28-year-old forward the Thunder acquired from the Indiana Pacers last year, admitted having to undergo a pair if medical procedures this summer due to nagging injuries that bothered him throughout the 2017-18 season.
George told the Washington Post that 18 to 20 ounces of blood had to be extracted from his shooting elbow in order to restore his scoring ability.
George averaged 21.9 points and shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range in his first season with the Thunder.
That was apart from the arthroscopic surgery done on his left knee on May and 18.
“I was dealing with that for pretty much the whole season,” George said. “That was causing a lot of frustration with shooting and playing.”
“To be able to shoot again, to be able to feel confident in my shot, to not have that on my mind, playing on the court … I’m great going forward.”
George, who agreed to a four-year, $137 million contract extension with the Thunder when free agency began July 1, said he felt comfortable in Oklahoma City.
“There was no need to prolong it and go further with meetings and interviews,” George said. “I knew what my heart was set on. I would just be wasting people’s time at that point.”
The Thunder sent forward Carmelo Anthony to the Hawks in exchange for point guard Dennis Schroder earlier this month in an effort to improve their roster.
They also re-signed forward Jerami Grant to a three-year, $27 million deal.
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