Paul George went down with a gruesome-looking knee injury during the game between the Clippers and Thunder.
The 32-year-old forward remains out for his team. He talked about the experience of the injury as well as went through his mind right after on his own podcast.
“Initially, I went for the rebound and I see [Luguentz Dort] like swipe to try to get the ball, but he is out of his rebounding area,” George recalled. “I got the ball. Som I come down and I just feel his knee hit mine. And then immediately I just felt my leg just go back. So, automatically I drop the ball ‘f*ck that’ drop this sh*t.”
Despite being injured after a collision with Dort, George says he is not mad at him for what happened. “I like how he competes. Lu Dort competes hard,” he said. “It was honestly just a wild play from his side. I had the ball. He finished like through me basically.
“It would have been contact regardless. It wasn’t the way he was going to avoid me. He tried to go rebound, he just flew towards me. And the way he hit me, my knee didn’t have a chance to absorb my fall, so my leg kind of just got stuck. So when he hit me, my leg went backwards. It’s the only way my leg cold have went was backwards.”
The pain was really bad, George says. He was wondering in that moment how bad the injury was, remembering stories of other athletes blowing their knees.
“It was like that pain, like the pain where you just close your eyes, like, ‘damn… when is it going to stop?’ So I was like ‘damn, when is the pain going to stop?’ Throbbing, it was hurting. The only thing going through my mind was like ‘I hope I didn’t tear no major sh*t, I hope I didn’t blow…’
“I couldn’t walk. I tried to put pressure on it, I tried to walk it off the court. And then they had to carry me. But then when I got back into the locker room, I felt the pain go down. So I was like ‘Oh, maybe it ain’t that bad.’ So I tried to take a couple steps into the training room and then they’re evaluating me, they’re doing stress test stuff, see the level of it.”
As far his return date is concerned, the Clippers star says that he does not know when that will happen.
“I don’t know what my timetable is,” George said. “I’m going to do whatever I can do to shorten the process of when I can return. But I don’t know when that date is.”
This season George is averaging 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 34.6 minutes per game.