Thursday January 29th, 2015

Indiana Pacers star Paul George and Bleacher Report have debuted the first episode of The Road Back, chronicling his return from a broken leg.

George is expected to miss the entire 2014-2015 NBA season with the injury he sustained during an exhibition with the U.S. men’s national team in August. The bone in his lower right leg stuck out of the flesh because of the compound fracture.

In the first part of Bleacher Report's series, George goes in-depth about the injury for the first time and also talks about the surgery and ongoing rehabilitation. He ends the video with a promise: "I will be back."

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Earlier this month, the team posted video of George dunking at practice.

The 24-year-old was one of the rising superstars in the NBA, coming off a season in which he scored a career-high 21.6 points per game and earned his second All-Star selection while leading Indiana to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Pacers have struggled without their leader. After going 56-26 and reaching the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive year in 2014, Indiana is 16-31—last in the Central Division—and the No. 12 seed in the East. They are 3.5 games behind the Charlotte Hornets for the final playoff spot.

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George was the No. 10 pick out of Fresno State in the 2010 draft. He won the Most Improved Player Award in 2013, when he broke out as a star by averaging 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game and securing his first All-Star appearance.

- Phil Watson

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