Paul George spoke to the media at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday afternoon for the first time since breaking his right leg in two places while playing for Team USA two weeks ago.
All indications have been that he will miss the 2014-15 season, but the All-Star is holding out hope that he'll heal quickly.
"I don't mind taking a year off to get better for the next season," said George, who was supported by his parents, Frank Vogel, Roy Hibbert and George Hill at the press conference. When asked again about the coming season, George admitted that he's "holding out a little hope."
George stated several times that he and Indiana's training staff are trying to avoid a timetable for his return. He expects to begin rehabilitating his knee as soon as next week, but is currently limited to laying around his house.
There is a rod down George's right leg held together with pins through his knee and ankle.
George thanked countless people for their support in the wake of the injury and was very clear in his support of USA Basketball.
"It just happen, freak accidents happen," he said, adding that he still hopes to be a part of Team USA two years from now at the Olympics in Brazil.