Paul George’s 2014-2015 NBA season hasn’t even begun. It’s already over.
The Indiana Pacers all-star suffered a gruesome right leg injury in a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas Friday night. The fractured fibula and tibia came on a James Harden breakaway in which George fouled the Houston guard. George awkwardly hit the stanchion where it meets the floor behind the baseline.
“We are aware of the injury sustained by Paul George in Friday night’s Team USA game in Las Vegas,” Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird commented in a statement released by the team, “and we are obviously greatly concerned. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with Paul. We are still gathering details and will have an updated statement Saturday.”
The Joe Theismannesque broken leg came with 9:33 left in the fourth quarter. Team USA called off the remainder of the game following the injury. Numerous NBA players, surely to rethink future forays into offseason international play, took to Twitter to express their support for Paul George.
Speedy recover for my guy PG! Praying for you and the fam. The comeback is going to be crazy! http://t.co/xHp295QbUE
— James Harden (@JHarden13) August 2, 2014
Man just landed and got a message about @Paul_George24. Made me immediately sick to my stomach!! Praying for u a speedy recovery homie!!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 2, 2014
My Prayers go out Paul George hurts me so bad seeing my Nba brothers go down on major injury pray for a speedy recovery
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) August 2, 2014
Praying for @Paul_George24 for not only the player he is but the person he is. Injuries are thee toughest part of sports
— THREE (@DwyaneWade) August 2, 2014
God bless u my brother @Paul_George24. Im hurt, praying for you. Praying for peace. Praying that God heals you in a supernatural way.
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 2, 2014