The two-time All-Star forward and Pacers officials had been hopeful for a March 1 return after his lower right leg was broken when he landed awkwardly against the base of the basket-support stanchion after he attempted to block a breakaway layup by
"Things are looking good," George told reporters Thursday. "After it happened, I didn't think I'd be at this point right now, but I'm happy to be at this point now."
George, who played two seasons at Fresno State, averaged a team-best 21.7 points as well as 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game last season for the Pacers.
George told reporters that he had passed several running, jumping and agility tests before returning to practice. He also said there is sometimes general soreness in the leg that will need to be monitored.
"Paul is not going to be out there unless he's Paul George," Vogel said. "He's eager to get back on the court, but not before he's ready. Once he's mentally cleared to play in a game, he's still got to be ready to play in a game."