NBA star Paul George, 24, fractured his lower right leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage in Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 1.
The injury occurred at the end of a fast break when George landed awkwardly and his leg collided into the basket stanchion.
George’s gruesome injury is similar to the shearing leg fracture suffered by Louisville Cardinals’ Kevin Ware during the 2013 NCAA basketball Tournament. The only difference being George’s fractured bone did not protrude through his skin.
Like Ware, George’s injury will require surgery to insert a pin to stabilize the broken bones. After the bones heal, George will require intensive rehab and physical therapy. The Indiana Pacers star will likely sit out the entire 2014-15 NBA season.
These types of injuries are difficult to watch, but they usually look worse than they feel.
The replay was shown once on the live telecast, but it was so disturbing that the commentators said it wouldn’t be shown again. (It’s out there if you want to see it, but it’s extremely tough to watch.) George ended up leaving on a stretcher.
Players were visibly upset, and the scrimmage was called once George was carted off.
“With the serious injury that we had … and out of respect to Paul and his family, the scrimmage is done, and we want to thank you for your support,” said USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski, addressing the crowd at center court.
Despite the seriousness of his injury, George tried to remain upbeat:
Coaches say the stanchions in college arenas are too close to the action:
Chantel Jeffries (Justin Bieber’s ex) tries to throw shade on George:
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