INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George beat the odds to become an NBA star. He’ll have to do it all over again to play next season.

Two weeks after a gruesome compound fracture of his right leg, George said Friday he remains hopeful that he can make it back onto the court late next season even though it’s a longshot. George called the injury a “freak accident.”

“All I can do at this point is sleep, watch TV and lay down, so it’s tough for me. I’m used to being active, lifting weights, being in the gym,” George said. “At the same time, I want to be part of this team. The last thing I want to do is feel like I’m not part of this team because I’m out. I’m holding out hope, just personally, because I want to be back.”

George was injured Aug. 1 during a U.S. national team scrimmage in Las Vegas when his right leg collided with the basketball stanchion, snapping the leg in two.

“When I looked down and saw bone sticking out, I knew it was bad,” George said, later describing the feeling as having his leg lit on fire. “I’d felt pain before, but I have never felt pain like that. So I knew it was bad.”

WARRIORS: Golden State guard Shaun Livingston is expected to be out six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on the big toe of his right foot.

KINGS: Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to sign a contract with an NBA team, inking a deal to join Sacramento in training camp.

“I’ve long believed that India is the next great frontier for the NBA, and adding a talented player like Sim only underscores the exponential growth basketball has experienced in that nation,” said Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, the league’s first Indian-born majority owner.

The 7-foot-5, 360-pound Bhullar was born in Toronto and played two seasons for New Mexico State, where he averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks.