Members of Team USA are still trying to come to grips with what happened to teammate Paul George in the team’s scrimmage last week. Even though George’s compound fracture of both his right tibia and fibula seems to be about as horrible as it gets, the good news is there is some shining light to come from it.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo recently gave a statement that the Indiana Pacers forward will have a guaranteed roster spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. Along with that, Team USA is trying to find a way to have a proper tribute for George during the 2014 FIBA World Cp.
“We thought it’s the right thing to do,” Colangelo said, according to NBA.com. “That’s it…. We didn’t give thought to all the detail. Just that when a guy goes down and all these things, the circumstances, his career passes before him, he’s out for a year, a year-plus, he’s not able to participate now with us — we wanted to throw that out and say, ‘We’re counting on you. You’ve got a spot in ’16.'”
The reason why Colangelo’s announcement is awesome is because it gives George something to work towards as he begins his rehabilitation process. Clearly, he does not need any extra incentive to come back stronger than before. Playing in the NBA once again is all the motivation he needs. With that said, getting promised a spot on the U.S. Olympic team two years from now should give him that extra boost to ensure he works as hard as possible to return to basketball.
As far as the rumored tribute, it will most likely be a uniform patch in George’s honor that the players will wear.