Pacers' George suffers serious leg injury
The Sports Xchange
EditorsNote: Update with tweet from George and surgery expected Pacers' George suffers serious leg injury
Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury during Team USA's showcase game Friday night on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
George was sprinting down court to defend a layup attempt by Houston's James Harden when he landed awkwardly on his right leg, causing his leg to buckle and snap above the ankle early in the fourth quarter. The extent of his injury was unknown, but George was taken to a Las Vegas hospital where surgery was expected to be performed.
Players, including Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, and fans were visibly upset as they watched medical personnel try to treat George at the Thomas & Mack Center. George was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where his condition had not been released as of late Friday night.
Just after midnight, George tweeted: Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I'll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y'all!!
Friday's scrimmage was canceled after George was removed on a stretcher.
"There's no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances," Colangelo said. "Our first concern, our primary concern is Paul George. I want to reach out to the Indiana Pacers organization ... this is a tough blow not only for USA Basketball but the Indiana Pacers."
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement Friday night.
"It was difficult to watch the injury that Paul George sustained tonight while representing his country. The thoughts and prayers of all of us at the NBA are with Paul and his family."
Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski, who witnessed another similar horrific injury when Duke was playing Louisville in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and Cardinals guard Kevin Ware suffered a compound fracture of his leg, said the team's prayers and thoughts were with George and his family.
"Paul's family is with him, hopefully at the hospital right now," Krzyzewski said. Everything is on hold. It's so inappropriate for us to talk about anything else."
Colangelo said the injury is a very "tough blow" and a first for USA Basketball.
"It's a tough situation for our entire organization, our coaches and players are very, very emotional. There's no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances."
As far as any Team USA roster move, Colangelo said all evaluations and moves will be on hold for the next few days to things can be "re-assessed."
George averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season for Indiana.