Paul George went through some real trauma when he suffered a broken leg for Team USA 14 months ago. It took him the entire year to get back on the court, but he was able to suit up for the Indiana Pacers late in the year. George clearly wasn’t himself, though, and the Pacers missed the playoffs. George sat out Team USA this summer, and you had to wonder if he was really ready to fully come back despite his late-season stint.
George is adamant he’s back, better than ever, and ready. In fact, George is prepared to say he’s the best in the NBA.
George, via Sam Amick of USA Today:
“Honestly, I feel like I’m better than the Paul George I was (before),” George, who played sparingly and cautiously in the Pacers’ final six games of last season, told USA TODAY Sports. “I do understand that I’m coming back as a fresh new player, with a new team, but I’m not limiting myself. I still have the aspiration of being the MVP, still have the aspiration of being one of the best defenders, one of the best scorers in the league. All of that is still there. But now I just feel like I’m much … wiser. I’m a better ball-handler, a better playmaker. I just feel like everything is just enhanced having a year out from the game.“
“Myself,” he said when asked which player enters this season as the best of them all. “I honestly feel that this is my time to prove it. There’s always going to be people’s opinions. There’s always going to be people thinking otherwise. But this is my time to prove it, and I’m ready. I’m ready to show the world.”