He is not here. For he is risen. As he said. Matthew 28:6
The Indiana Pacers could not have scripted a better comeback for Paul George.
After a devastating injury, after months of rehab, after missing the first 76 games of the season…
On the 256th day, Easter Sunday, Paul George rose from the bench at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He entered the game to a thunderous standing ovation, he hit his first shot, he scored 13 points wearing his new number 13 jersey, and he helped the Pacers beat the Heat once again.
— The Blue Mare™ (@TheBlueMare) April 5, 2015
Afterwards, George praised his fans, calling them a big part of the reason he chose to remain with the Pacers long term.
And the warm welcome he received when he took the floor…
“Probably the greatest moment that I’ve had.”
–Paul George on his season debut
Many were surprised by what Paul George was able to accomplish during his first 15 minutes of the season, especially with his three-point shooting.
George, however, was not. When asked about it, he joked, “I hurt my leg, not my arm.”
Easter is a time of celebration, healing, and new beginnings.
For the Pacers, a team once left for dead, Easter brought new life. Along with a new path to the NBA playoffs.
And for Paul George, the healing is over. From here, it’s about turning the page and writing the next chapter of his career. But right now, he’s got more immediate goals for himself and his team.
“Time to rest up and get ready for the rest of the season.”
A season many doubted he would play in at all (if ever).
It may not have been miraculous, but Paul George’s rise on Easter Sunday was certainly heroic.
And he’s just getting started.
But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4