NBA Star Paul George Suffers Gruesome Leg Injury During Team USA Scrimmage

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During Friday’s Team USA Blue-White scrimmage, NBA star Paul George of the Indiana Pacers suffered a serious and gruesome right leg injury while going for a block in the fourth quarter.

George’s right leg landed awkwardly against the base of the basket while he came down from the attempted block.

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Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced that the remainder of the Team USA scrimmage was cancelled soon after George was carted off the floor with a broken leg.

Ethan Miller / Getty writer Brian Windhorst reported the basket’s stanchion during the scrimmage, which George landed awkwardly against, appeared closer to the baseline than the distance in standard NBA games.

Basket stanchions at Thomas & Mack Center appears to be significantly closer than NBA standard.

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN)

Larry Bird, the Pacers president of basketball operations, issued a statement on the Pacers’ Twitter account.

Statement from Larry Bird about Paul George:

— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers)

Players from around the league are sending their thoughts and prayers to George on Twitter.

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)

Prayers go out to @Paul_George24 and his family! Keep ya head up G!

— James Harden (@JHarden13)

Sick to my stomach for Paul George. He's tough as nails though. He'll be back big time.

— Steve Nash (@SteveNash)

Including players like NBA guard Shaun Livingston and former Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware who both have suffered and recovered from similar gruesome leg injuries.

I know people are in shock from Paul George's injury. He will be able to bounce back bc he has a warrior mentality.

— Shaun Livingston (@ShaunLivingston)

Minor setback for a major comeback PG.

— Kevin Ware (@5Juice)

23. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also expressed support for George Friday night.

Commissioner Adam Silver Statement on Paul George Injury

— NBA (@NBA)

25. Several hours after the accident, George thanked his supporters and said he’d be back.

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)

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