Paul George on timeline for return: 'when the time is right for me'

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Indiana Pacers forward Paul George spoke to the media Friday for the first time since suffering a gruesome leg fracture in a Team USA intra-squad scrimmage two weeks ago.

George said he can begin rehabilitation next week but that a timeline for his return has not been determined.

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George underwent surgery to repair an open tibia-fibula fracture and is expected to miss the 2014-15 NBA season. He said USA Basketball doesn't deserve any criticism for the injury occurring, adding "freak accidents happen."

The 24-year-old, averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Pacers last season, earning All-Defensive team and All-NBA third team honors and his second All-Star appearance.

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