OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George underwent rotator cuff surgery today to repair a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder. This was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young. George will also undergo a future procedure to repair a labrum injury in his left shoulder
According to the report, the recovery will keep George away from basketball for the offseason, as well the beginning of training camp at least. George mentioned during his exit interview that he didn’t know if he would be ready for preseason in late-September.
“I’m not sure. I’m not sure of the exact timetable on it,” George said. “I could leave it alone and this would be a recurring thing. But I want to address it now, clean up what needs to be cleaned up so it doesn’t come back. And I’ll be fine going forward.”
George is expected to make a full recovery. George described the offseason as being a time to fully heal himself from this injury.
“I’ll address it pretty soon, try to nip it in the bud, get it right away,” George said. “We’re still trying to put a plan together on how to address it, and you know, what needs to be done.”
The injury to his right shoulder has been a nagging issue according to George. It flared up to such an extent that George missed the following three games after a February 26th loss on the road to the Denver Nuggets. At that point, George was in the NBA’s Most Valuable Player conversation and up for the Defensive Player of the Year award. Following the injury, OKC fell off, going 6-13 in March before ultimately losing in the first round of the postseason in five games.
“I think it came at a terrible time,” George said. “Especially the team was rolling. We was playing good. I was holding up pretty, pretty, pretty good. I just thought it came at the wrong time, honestly. But again, I’ve never made no excuses on it. I was dealing with it for a long time throughout the season. It just got worse and worse as it went on.”
George hurt his left shoulder during the Thunder’s final home game of the regular season against the Houston Rockets. During a baseline-dunk attempt, a defender grabbed his arm on the way up. Despite hitting the game-winning three that evening, George missed the Thunder’s final regular season game and, according to him, couldn’t lift his arm above his shoulder prior to OKC’s Game 1 matchup with Portland.