Amid the pride and satisfaction that comes with representing one’s country during the offseason at the FIBA World Cup comes the risk and possibility that injury may occur — just like participating in any offseason training of any kind.
While the highest of highs comes with a gold medal, the lowest of lows comes with a recover time and a rehabilitation schedule. Unfortunately, this offseason, for Team USA they will have at least one in both categories.
In the fourth quarter of Team USA’s Blue vs White intrasquad scrimmage Friday, Indiana Pacers standout Paul George went up to defend a shot from Houston Rockets guard James Harden when everything changed for the young star.
George landed awkwardly and his right leg instantly split in half. Here is the GIF (view at your own risk).
Early prognosis is that George will miss anywhere from 6-12 months.
Michael Kaplan estimating 9-12 months for recovery for PG
— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) August 2, 2014
Pacers Paul George suffers lower leg fracture. In the absence of nerve injury this injury should heal well after surgery. 6 month recovery.
— Dr. Mark Adickes (@jocktodoc) August 2, 2014
Team USA coach Mike Kzyzewski called off the rest of the scrimmage immediately after the George was carted off the court. Pacers president Larry Bird released a statement following the injury.
“We are aware of the injury sustained by Paul George in Friday night’s Team USA game in Las Vegas 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 Pacers star tweeted after his injury that he would be “ok” and would return “better than ever.”
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
George averaged 21.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Indiana Pacers last season, leading his squad to a second-straight Eastern Conference Finals appearance.