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Paul George leaves USA Basketball Showcase with severe lower leg injury, remainder of scrimmage canceled

Aug 1, 2014, 10:51 PM EST

Early in the fourth quarter of the USA Basketball Showcase in Las Vegas on Friday, Paul George left the game with what appeared to be a very serious lower leg injury.

George was contesting a fast break attempt and landed awkwardly, with his leg appearing to bend just below the knee as it collided into the basket stanchion.

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.

Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird released the following statement:

“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.”

On a night where there were so many positives, including the healthy return of Derrick Rose to publicly competitive action, it’s a rough way for things to have come to a close.

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  1. tomtravis76 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Such a rare occurrence, but damn that goal backstop looked very close to the out of bounds line. Surprised we don’t see more gruesome injuries with so many people surrounding the court and all of their equipment.

    This is going to be a long road back physically and even more mentally. If you are Larry, the fire sale should be on to stockpile draft pick pieces for his return,hopefully. It will take at least two full seasons of him being out.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Came out of PBT retirement to send Paul George the best of wishes from

  3. kinggw - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    George’s injury makes the loss of Lance exponentially worse. This really isn’t the time to kick Pacer fans white they’re down, but Bird screwed the pooch on that one.

  4. innovativethinking87 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Atleast he signed that super max contract

    • trevor123698 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      lol this mans career is just about over. you will never see the man you saw the past two seasons again. hes going to struggle to play past age 30. dead athletes do not lie.

      • jasper36 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:43 AM

        Man there is no room on any comment board to poke fun at something like this. Get well soon Paul George!

      • innovativethinking87 - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        So what? He signed for 90 million all GUARANTEED

  5. brookwell2013 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Just horrendous, George will get the best care possible. Prayers for him. The team has great leadership and will recover from this trauma. Thanks to Coach K for immediately terminating the scrimmage while most people were still in shock. Good luck Paul, all of us NBA fans are thinking of you. We know you’ll be back.

  6. buffalowned - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Can only hope it’s not as serious as it looks. This is tough for every real basketball fan. Get well PG.

  7. soflasfinest - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Damn, I’ve been there before with my arm. No bueno. Prayers out for PG get well soon.

  8. trevor123698 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    a structurally sound ankle does not do that. I know he was in an awkward position but if his ankle was sound it wouldnt go down like that. It snapped because it was weak like a twig. the ligaments and tendons were worn down and thats why it happened. Please do a google search for this. “DR JOEL WALLACH JOINT REPLACEMENT”. Its a half hour long. Also see “DR WALLACH DEAD ATHLETES DONT LIE”. This shouldnt happen if he was smart. thank god i didnt get my trade for him accepted in my dynasty league

    • trevor123698 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      and btw i have theo ratliff on my side. The idea i am sharing here made theo ratliff about a hundred million dollars. he would been out of the league at age 27 if not for this. he’ll tell you this himself. he endorses the sports drink i take and it has every mineral you can name in it. listen to theo talk about minerals or don’t thumb me down. you are ignorant. you’re just ignorant

      • udogg - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        You can have theo. thumbs down for being that ” I told you so guy”. Injuries are inevitable. You’ve been waiting since ’92 to post your piece. Thank god it finally came, right? You’re ignorant.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        Other way around. YOU are the ignorant one.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Trevor.

    • trevor123698 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      ACTUALLY i tell this truth every time a bum athlete who eats french fries and drinks soda goes down with injury. look at this mf’ers instagram. you see what he eats. its no surprise this happened. his ankle was a twig waiting to snap. if you knew me in any way ive been saying this every time it happens since i found the truth. I’d be dead if i didnt know that DEAD ATHLETES DONT LIE. science is with me, not you. science proves me right, not you.

      • muhangis - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:16 AM

        just shut the f up already. I don’t care how right you MIGHT BE, you sound like Satan, no joke.

      • muhangis - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:17 AM

        trevor, just shut the f up already. I don’t care how right you MIGHT BE, you sound like Satan, no joke.

      • moppop - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        His ankle didn’t break. The tibia and fibia did. Cunt.

      • trevor123698 - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        that is far worse for his future

  9. themagicfanguy - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Some of you people really disgust me. You say the game was meaningless? It obviously wasn’t meaningless to George or he wouldn’t have played and risked his health, so shove it with the blame game crap. The people who are saying trivial comments like ‘should’ve resigned Lance’ just need to go jump in a fire, you’re pathetic and deserve all the criticism you get.

    • kinggw - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      So you’re going to get mad over people speaking the truth? You can be disgusted all you want. The reality of the situation is that the scrimmage was meaningless and just because George was willing to be a part of it, doesn’t change that dynamic.

      The Pacers should’ve re-signed Lance. That was true even before tonight’s gruesome injury, but it’s even more apparent now.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:16 AM

        Yeah, but you didn’t want them to re-sign Lance. So why are you complaining about it now other than to rub it in?

      • bball242322 - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Who cares about what they should’ve done with Lance. With or without Lance, Pacers miss the playoffs without PG…All that should matter is a safe speedy recovery for PG..Great to see the best player in the world in LBJ has so much respect for PG

  10. kplaya - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Hope for a speedy recovery PG.

    • bball242322 - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      I’d like to know what pricks are giving thumbs down on this…heartless

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        Haters = pea brain losers

  11. campcouch - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    The fear of the NBA office. Wish him well on his recovery though. I wonder how many GMs got on the phone and contacted the US team after that.

  12. bkallday52 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Honestly.. The NBA should pull from international competition .. no one deserves this. I was really looking forward to seeing a Healthy Star Studded Season this year . Smh . Get Well Soon PG24

    • antistratfordian - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      We have a few young bucks (and Buck) who are ready to interview for the now open young star position. So it’s not all doom and gloom from that perspective. But PG-13 will be missed.

  13. turkbox420 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Get better! Best wishes from Southern Indiana

  14. turkbox420 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    We have had 20 years of great Dream Teams, this needs to end and NBA`s star players need to focus on the big picture and dedicate themselves to the people who sign their pay checks. Let young bloods go out and play, Dleaguers, or non-star type vet players like CJ Watson and Jason Collins. Hell they could still take gold. Team USA, best DLeague`rs, senior college kids or something.

  15. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Ugh. Only made it to August 1 for the first significant loss of the season. Every year we’re all so optimistic about this time… citing health as the reason why many teams could turn it around. Now this senseless thing happens. Sorry Pacers fans, sorry PG. Get well soon.

  16. money2long - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    I’m so sad. For him. For the game. For the pacers. For the fans. This will affect the whole Olympics process possibly.
    We may be looking at college players/rookies in the future. Would I allow my big ticket player to play as an owner after seeing that?

    No.

    But that’s just me. Strong possibility most owners are thinking like me at the moment.

  17. phaktor333 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    I am glad he got his long term deal before this happened. Anybody that has not earned a long term deal should not be playing in these games because the injury, whether or not a player was playing for national pride, will be used against them at the negotiating table.

    • Nadeem - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:29 AM

      But as soon as you sign that deal, the team should be able to protect its investment and say “no, you are not participating in these competitions that have nothing to do with me”.

  18. bballhistorian - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    The worst injury ever to happen to a US Player playing in international competition.

    Lets see the long term effects when it comes to players accepting invitations in the future…

  19. Nadeem - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    This is exactly why the NBA teams should forbid their players from playing outside of the NBA. They are paid way too much to allow them to sustain such an injury and ruin the team’s chances.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      But international competition has helped grow the popularity of the NBA immensely. They can’t eliminate that now. In fact they’re only trying to expand it – and they should. Not only does it make the league more popular, but it also makes them more money.

  20. tigerpork - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    That was nasty but Kevin Ware was the nastiest leg injury ever.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      nope, Marcus Lattimore’s leg injury was the nastiest leg injury ever.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Joe Theisman’s compound leg fracture.

  21. atahualpaoxford - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    The World Cup in not a meaningless tournament…
    It’s the best against the best…
    The USA is not the only team holding scrimmages…everybody is doing it….
    This is a very unfortunate circumstance…but it has happened before and in other sports…
    for those who say that NBA players should not be part of this team and that college palyers, D leaguers and the like should go instead…
    Just a month ago, soccer’s World Cup…did the US send a team of college players or the best…??
    How about the other countries..???
    Were there injuries just before the games that prevented guys from playing…???
    Ribbery of France and Falcao of Colombia come to mind…
    Injured just days before of the start of the tournament…
    Luis Suarez, of Uruguay…injured in the last 7 minutes of the last game of the season in England, completely meaningless game..
    What makes the NBA so special that their players should not participate…???
    Because they make 15 million dollars a year…???
    Give me a break…
    Injuries in sport will happen…weather you’re a pro making a ton of money or a semi por making 200 dollars a month…
    With that said, I sincerely hope that PG comes back to be the player he is…

    • atahualpaoxford - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      and…BTW…for those who suggest that the US should send college players…and that they would win…check the roster of the american team for the Olympics 2004…where the US didn’t even make the final..: LBJ, Wade, Melo, Tim Duncan, Allan Iverson…
      Not in their prime yet, but no chickenfeed either…
      and you think that sending college players and D’leaguers will win the title…???
      Get real…you need the best..

  22. 00maltliquor - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    HAVE YOU NOT HAD YOUR FILL THE LAST TWO YEARS BASKETBALL GODS!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Basketball Gods are extremely hard to please.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        As if yearly sacrificial lamb Derrick Rose wasn’t enough!

  23. muhangis - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    HGH would heal it up in 6 – 8 months, no negative side effects. Real talk.

  24. sumkat - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    worst part, it doesn’t even appear to be at a joint, it appears to be a break in the middle of his shin. Not good, not something that heals quickly, and not something that generally heals well

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