Paul George says it’s ‘very possible’ he plays this season
In fact, he’s eying a much earlier return date.
George, via Mark Montieth of Pacers.com:
I don’t have access to George’s medical file. Even if I did, I wouldn’t be qualified to assess it.
However, the Pacers received a disabled-player exception for George. That means an NBA-appointed doctor determined it’s “substantially more likely than not” George can’t play through June 15.
Indiana acquiring that exception won’t preclude George returning if he beats the prognosis, but it’s a strong indicator he won’t return this season.
The Pacers are unlikely to make the playoffs, let alone advance deep into them. That only further limits George’s margin for error.
I like that George has this goal. It will help his rehab to shoot for a closer target than the start of the 2015-16 season.
But I’ll be (pleasantly) surprised if he plays this season.