Paul George on 2016 Olympics: ‘I want to give it a shot’
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George wants to attempt to make the United States men's basketball roster for the Rio Olympics, George told ESPN’s Cari Champion.
George, 26, sustained a serious right leg injury during a Team USA scrimmage two years ago that caused him to miss 76 games for the Pacers during the 2014–15 season. George returned to form in 2015–16, averaging a career-high 23.1 points per game in 81 games.
“I think since I've been off, my body's telling me yes, my mind is telling me yes, people around me are telling me yes,” George said of playing in the Olympics. “So I feel good about it. And, you know ... I want to give it a shot.”
In 2014, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said the team would keep a spot open for George on 2016 roster if he chose to return. In January, George was named one of 31 finalists for the Olympic roster.
The 12-man team is expected to be revealed later this month. Olympic basketball begins on Aug. 6.