Paul George suffered heartache back in 2014 when he crashed into a basketball stanchion during a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas and suffered an open tibia-fibula fracture.
It was a horrific injury that robbed the Indiana Pacers man of 76 games the following season and left the small forward wondering if he could ever return to the level that secured him the NBA Most Improved Player in 2013 and two All-Star appearances.
However, the 26-year-old has completed a remarkable turnaround since his comeback in April 2015. George dropped 41 points on his return to the All-Star lineup - one point shy of Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star record - he led the Pacers to the playoffs again with a career-high average of 23.1 points a game and he has just been revealed as the front cover star for the new NBA 2K17 game.
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Originally, PG-13 was hesitant to make himself available for the Olympics this summer as he was concerned his body would struggle after a first long season back on the NBA grind. However, now his hunger for a gold medal appears to have returned.
"I was just hesitant on the simple fact that, the past couple years has obviously been tough for me - just felt like I didn't have enough time to myself, and time to recover, and you know, give my body a rest. I didn't want to jump out of a season, jump right into the Olympics. But I think I kind of said that too prematurely.
"I didn't give myself enough time to really think it through. I think since I've been off, my body's telling me yes, my mind is telling me yes, people around me are telling me yes. So I feel good about it. And, you know ... I want to give it a shot."
USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo told NBA.com at the 2014 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement that he would keep a spot open on the team for George when he recovered from his terrible injury.
"We thought it's the right thing to do. That's it. ... We didn't give thought to all the detail," he told NBA.com. "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.'"
George was one of 31 finalists named for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team in January. Colangelo said in March that the 12-man Olympic roster that will be bound for Rio will be unveiled sometime towards the end of June, but one man almost certainly going appears to be George.