Josh Corbeil and the Indiana Pacers medical staff has been a top-10 rated unit in five of the last seven seasons. The two exceptions were the 2012-13 season when the finished 11th overall and during the 2014-15 season, a season marked by Paul George’s recovery from a gruesome leg fracture. Corbeil’s hard work earned him the 2010-11 Joe O’Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year Award and has been essential to Indiana’s prolonged success.
The 2017-18 team will look a bit different following the Paul George deal with three new starters in place. As a result, team health will be even more crucial to insure players are able to play and progress as a unit. Unfortunately, a severe ankle sprain for Glenn Robinson III as already made this difficult. Robinson suffered the injury in one training camp’s earliest practices and is expected to miss several months following surgery.
However, Corbeil and his staff have a proven track record of returning players to top form, including the recently traded George. The group has also been tasked with managing the rehab of Edmond Sumner and Ike Anigbogu. Sumner was once regarded as a first-round talent but slipped to the second after tearing his ACL in January. Anigbogu also ended up as a second round selection after tweaking a previous knee injury during the pre-draft process. Both players continue to progress and are in good hands moving forward.