Pictures of Paul George are encouraging

LA ClippersPaul George (Photo by Scott Varley/MediaNews Group/Daily Breeze via Getty Images)
LA ClippersPaul George (Photo by Scott Varley/MediaNews Group/Daily Breeze via Getty Images) /

The LA Clippers’ social media team has been posting a bunch of pictures of Paul George working on the court. This is an encouraging sight.

There are only 16 days until the LA Clippers tip off their first preseason game of the 2019-20 season. With such a big summer for the team, fans are eager to see them finally on the court together. We all know that Paul George will not be starting in that first game though.

Even so, things are looking up. The Clippers’ social media team has been busy over the past couple of weeks, posting pictures and videos of the team working out and playing together at the team’s practice facility. The most notable thing we saw in those pictures? Paul George looks to be ahead of schedule.

After having surgery on both shoulders after the end of last season, George’s recovery timetable was up in the air. When he was still with the Thunder, the original report was that he would be evaluated at the start of training camp. Later in the summer, rumors surfaced that he could possibly miss up to the first six weeks of the regular season.

We had no official word other than George himself saying there was no set date back when he and Kawhi Leonard had their introductory press conference.

The pictures are encouraging. No, George isn’t out on the court scrimmaging with everyone else, but he is working with coaches and from the looks of it is shooting against their defense.

The six week rumor seems to be wrong given these pictures. PG probably won’t touch the court in preseason, but with the Lakers and the Warriors as the first two games of the regular season, maybe it’s not unrealistic that he’s back on the court for those.

Rushing PG back isn’t the answer though. Even if the team drops their first two games, they have more than enough talent to bounce back while still waiting on one half of their superstar combination to return to the court. It’s great to see that he’s able to get in work and that he should be back sooner or later, but ultimately keeping George healthy for a long postseason run should be the end goal.

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There has been no official word from the team on his timetable, but Media Day may be when we finally do get some answers. For now, keep checking back with us for all your LA Clippers news and rumors!