When you experience a compound fracture, there is a high chance of sustaining significant muscle/ligament/nerve damage due to the sheared bone fragments jostling violently around in the milliseconds after the injury.
Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes you still have nerve pain 16 years later like me.
I hope Paul got lucky.
I'm more worried about him getting back mentally than physically really. If that happened to me I'd be terrified to so much as break into a light jog, let alone play pro basketball.
Paul just got ****ed. Dude was looking to be a top 5 player this season. Now it's unclear if he'll even be able to live comfortably. Gotta feel for the guy, this is much bigger than the Pavers upcoming season
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Man, the #LetPGFly campaign from a couple years ago seems so eerie now. If there is a guy who can do this it is someone like PG. Nothing in his basketball career has been given to him. He has had to earn every inch.
The physical concerns are VERY real... Don't get me wrong.
But you're 100% correct in that the biggest hurdle with this is often mental.
Frankly, I don't think I'll ever recover in that capacity fully. 16 years running.
It's just really, really hard.
The NBA has a history of screwing the Pacers & Silver could have mentioned the Pacer family imo. Paul is said to know each person by name in the entire originzation. Yes, Paul himself #1, PERSONAL family/friends #2, & then his Pacers family. A bit of an oversight imo.
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1 - 2, Tinsley's coming for you.
3 - 4, You're not a team no more.
5 - 6, He's gonna plead the 5th.
7 - 8, He's gonna stay out late.
I had a bad knee injury in high school and can't really run any more and have to do everything in the pool now, or at least on the bike. At 28 it is really frustrating, my Dad was doing marathons at my age.
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Yup. Can't say I blame them. The collateral damage of this will be far reaching, I suspect.
Posted this in another thread, but a friend of mine who is a doctor told me PG should be fine coming back and being the PG of old FROM A PHYSICAL STANDPOINT. Said he is obviously out for the season, and the basic timeline is they want him jogging in 7 months usually with this type of injury.
He appears to be handling it well but he has no choice at this point.
I think that will go a long way.
Mentally it can be an issue. the first time I ever had a long rehab it was on my knee, next was my ankle. The second was easier just because I had gotten back from the first.
Can't even exercise in a pool to be honest, my knee took too much damage and there is too much atrophy in my leg. Even the pressure of trying to kick the leg in the reduced stress of water is very painful and difficult.
I really hope PG can find his way back, not for us, but for himself. Hate to see such potential go to waste.
@TeioshaGeorge: Speedin to get to u @Paul_George24 This too shall pass bro. I love you and you know God makes no mistakes. First test of adversity......❤️
Hopefully, Pacers organization handles this better than Bulls and lets Paul take all the time he needs without pressure, which I'm assuming they will.