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Indiana Pacers star Paul George suffered a gruesome lower right leg fracture during the U.S. national team’s intrasquad scrimmage at UNLV and underwent successful surgery late Friday night.
In a statement released after surgery was completed, USA Basketball confirmed George suffered an open tibia-fibula fracture and is expected to remain hospitalized for about three days. Dr. Riley Williams, a Team USA orthopedist who also works with the Brooklyn Nets, was with George.
Sources close to the situation told ESPN that while there didn’t appear to be additional damage besides the fractures, doctors believe George likely will miss all of next season, though no official prognosis has been given.
George’s leg landed and then buckled at the base of the basket stanchion after he fouled James Harden on a drive to the basket just 27 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Nearby teammates immediately reacted, with Harden doubling over as George recoiled on the baseline.
Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I’ll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y’all!! #YoungTrece
— Paul George (@Paul_George24) August 2, 2014
I’m trying my best to not watch the video, but here’s the clip for those who wish to see it.
The Pacers and their fans must be in shock. Their championship aspirations for next season have vanished. Their franchise player might never be the same athlete again.
I think Roy Hibbert summed it up best:
Wtf — Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) August 2, 2014
Athletes from around the world, including Jared Sullinger, tweeted about the injury:
Praying for Paul George man. I didn’t see don’t wanna see. So please don’t post it. Tough injury to one of the best — Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) August 2, 2014
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