OKLAHOMA CITY — A month and four days after his first surgery of the offseason, Paul George recently underwent successful surgery once again. This time on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum. This was first reported by ESPN’s Royce Young.
According to Young, who received the information from a team spokesman, the Oklahoma City Thunder expect George’s recovery time “is the same [as] it was when he had surgery on his right shoulder a few weeks ago.”
George’s right shoulder — the one that was repaired a month ago — was injured in a February 26th loss on the road to the Denver Nuggets. George never gave a clear moment when his left shoulder was hurt, rather that it lingered all throughout the season.
“I’ve never made excuses about it,” George said during his April 25th exit interview. “I was dealing with it for a long time. It just got worse and worse.”
After George returned from three missed games in March due to his right shoulder injury, he could routinely seen in the locker room following games with ice-packs on his left shoulder.
The Thunder expect George to miss training camp at the very least.
Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a featured co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12, in addition to weekly guest spots on “The Franchise Drive” on Tuesdays and “The Franchise Morning Show” on Wednesdays. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports