Paul George of the Indiana Pacers has had a pretty horrendous past couple of months I'm sure everyone can agree.
First the young forward suffered a gruesome leg break during a Team USA scrimmage ahead of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup - immediately ruling him out for the entirety of the 2014-15 NBA campaign.
Then he got himself in hot water over some naive and inappropriate comments on Twitter regarding the Ray Rice saga.
And just this week George was condemned as a terrible father by a judge presiding over a paternity hearing in relation to a child he fathered with a stripper.
But finally there might be some light at the end of the tunnel for the beleaguered Pacers star.
That is because, as per the Associated Press, doctors have this week given Paul George the go ahead to begin weight training on his upper body as well as allowing the NBA star to put pressure on his right leg for the first time since the August 1 accident.
Long road to recovery
The news does not change the fact that Indiana Pacers fans will have to wait until at least fall 2015 to see their star man back on the court in any meaningful capacity.
But nevertheless, as many sports stars can attest, injury rehabilitation does not always run smoothly with unforeseen bumps in the road not uncommon. Differrent people react differently to treatment and recovery is not always guaranteed in a specific timeframe.
So for George to progress to this stage without any major hiccup is certainly an achievement worth noting.
The true test of course will be to see how George, and his leg, react to the new regime over the coming days and weeks.
And whilst Paul George may not be the flavor of the month with some fans out there it is unlikely that there are many wishing him anything but good luck as he attempts to come back from the horrific injury.
George's career to date
The Indiana Pacers will certainly be weaker without the two-time All-Star available next season.
George has led the Eastern Conference team in both points and steals in the past two seasons, as well as leading the way in rebounds in 2013-14.
And with the Cleveland Cavaliers emerging as legitimate contenders in the East with their offseason acquisitions Indiana will have a fight on their hands to return to the Conference Finals for the third year running.
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