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Paul George on saying he blacked out during Game 2: ‘I probably should have kept that to myself’

May 23, 2014, 6:04 PM EDT

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Paul George took a knee to the head from Dwyane Wade during the fourth quarter of Indiana’s Game 2 loss to the Heat, and was later diagnosed as having sustained a concussion on the play.

But George believes that might not have been the case had he chosen his words more carefully.

Immediately following the play, both on the court and on the bench, George successfully answered all questions related to the league’s concussion protocol, but later admitted to reporters that he blacked out from the collision and tried to play through having blurred vision.

“Yeah, but I probably should have kept that to myself,” George said following Friday’s practice. “It just made a mess. That’s something that, going forward, just keep that between myself and the training staff.”

The only “mess” George could possibly be referring to is the fact that the concussion diagnosis became unavoidable following his remarks, which gets the league involved in determining whether or not he would be cleared to play in Game 3 on Saturday.

The media and the public obviously don’t need to know every detail of an injured athlete’s symptoms, but let’s hope George is smart enough to at least be 100 percent forthcoming with the team trainers — even though it might not be the easiest of decisions.

LeBron James said that every player at this stage of the postseason would try to play through a concussion, and David West admitted it’s difficult to be completely honest in terms of your symptoms if you want to continue to play.

The league and its individual teams can continue to work to educate the players about the dangers of trying to play with a concussion. But considering what we’re hearing from the players themselves, and given all that’s at stake, it’s worth wondering if it will really make a difference.

  1. chicagosports2014 - May 23, 2014 at 6:18 PM


    • moseskkim - May 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      you just want thumbs down huh..

      • chicagosports2014 - May 23, 2014 at 8:58 PM


    • jkirby317 - May 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Nowhere near a solid a Derrick Rose, right?

  2. sabatimus - May 23, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    And people wonder why CTE is a problem…

    • jkirby317 - May 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Nobody wonders why CTE is a problem. They know and you would know if you would do research. Repeated head injuries cause CTE. That is why it is so prevalent in more common contact sports like football. The “C” in CTE stands for chronic. Getting kicked in the dome by DWADE twice is nowhere near chronic trauma. Good try connecting this story to other things that you heard on ESPN.

  3. jkirby317 - May 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Is Paul George is going to play in a very meaningful Eastern Conference Finals playoff game? Duh.

  4. harshedmellow - May 24, 2014 at 4:08 AM

    Sounds like he caught one to the brain stem more than a generalized concussion. But I’m no brain rocket surgeon scientist.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 24, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      Who are you, Dr. Hfuhruhurr?

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 24, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    I can think of a couple things he probably wishes he didn’t do. Pretty sure he’ll be hearing about them today.
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  6. gofinsgoheatfloria - May 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    “just keep that between myself and the training staff”

    Yes, he should tell the training staff. But there would be no keeping it between him and them, because he would be “suspected of having a concussion” and would therefore be removed from the game with the TV cameras rolling. So much for keeping it quiet – if that was what he meant.

    Anyway, I’m glad Paul hasn’t suffered any long term consequences (AFAWK) from his poor judgment in saying nothing at the time. Not everyone is so lucky.

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