Paul George Talks About What He Wants for Team USA in Rio

The Indiana Pacers PG overcame a horrific injury to come back and make his Olympic debut.

Paul George sparked Team USA to its most dominant win yet in Rio, coming off the bench on Wednesday to ignite the squad to a 105-78 win over Argentina.

"We knew we had to raise our level," George said following the matchup. "How we were playing wasn't good enough."

Paul George

The Rio Games mean a lot to George, whose first shot at the Olympics came to an untimely end when he suffered a horrifying injury during a preliminary intrasquad game. He spoke with STACK ahead of his trip to Brazil about how he felt about making an Olympic comeback.

"I'm really excited," George said, just after completing a training session at Proactive Sports Performance in Westlake Village, California. "Really excited, first and foremost, just to be around great athletes and be a part of something special. And of course, to be coached by one of the greatest coaches ever, Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski]."

George's play in the win over Argentina prompted some to say that he, and not "Splash Bro" Klay Thompson, should be a starter. Prior to the Games, George said his playing time was not his main concern.

Paul George

"For [our team], it's about being bonded together," George said. "We have one goal, and that's to go out there and win a Gold Medal. That's it."

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