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LeBron James leads long list of players wishing Paul George the best after suffering serious USA Basketball injury

Aug 2, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

USA Basketball held a scrimmage at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on Friday that was meant to get a look at guys competing for one of 12 roster spots to play in the FIBA World Championships later this summer.

But all of that became an afterthought once one of the star players went down with a serious injury.

Paul George appeared to suffer a lower leg fracture, after he collided with the basket stanchion while attempting to defend a fast break attempt. It was immediately realized by everyone just how severe the injury was, and after George was carried off on a stretcher, USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski made an announcement that the rest of the scrimmage would not be played.

“There’s a brotherhood in the NBA and to me, at moments like this, family or brotherhood shows its heart,” Krzyzewski said afterward.

Players were visibly upset by what they had witnessed, and what seemed like the majority of the league took to Twitter to express their support for George — including LeBron James, who posted photos of himself and George to his Instagram page, along with a get-well message.

“Hurt my stomach the moment I heard the news! I didn’t want to believe it. Man I need u out there bro! Get well and have a speedy recovery PG24! #DamnIt #YoungKing #StriveForGreatness”

Search Twitter for NBA players, and you’ll see essentially the same message, most of which include some variation of “thoughts and prayers” directed at George, wishing him nothing but the best during what’s obviously an incredibly difficult situation.

  1. hwatt - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    dem mad cut and paste skills, though

  2. bigtganks - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    …but it’s the WAY he left Cleveland. *sarcasm*

  3. edwardsro - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    They need to move the basket back. End of story

    • fanofthegame79 - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:37 AM

      Or find a way to lower it from the ceiling like they do in high schools.

  4. hojo20 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    The Pacers should sign Adam Morrison or Gilbert Arenas to replace George. They’re going to need instant offense if they expect to beat Bron Bron & the Cavs in the playoffs.

    • bball242322 - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Coming from a huge Pacers fan….Pacers are done next season. We have 0% chance of making the playoffs. All we care about is a safe speedy recovery of George

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        That sucks. Don’t give up yet: you’re still better than the Knicks.

  5. money2long - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Not to sound insensitive but I find the little arts and crafts here a little odd. One pic of him and George would have sufficed. I don’t think I have the energy to put together an art exhibit during this time. When the pic was loading I thought it would be one large pic such as the one we see above of them hugging. But I dunno, this collage seems a little much now. But I understand the effort nonetheless. Very thoughtful gesture for lebron. Must be strong minded to sit down and do this collage now. Kudos to him.

    Get well soon George. So sad. So sad.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      Well anybody can just choose a picture. The extra effort shows how much George means to LeBron.

      Plus, he’s not dying – he just broke his leg – there is no need to be so lugubrious (to quote Pop).

      • money2long - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:45 AM

        Yes. My key point was “at this moment”.

  6. jasper36 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Praying for this dude for real. Hope he recovers, and returns strong.

    Does anybody on here have any idea of the recovery time for an injury like this, or how serious it is? It doesn’t look good, but looking for a silver lining.

    • renbidoni - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Ask Kevin Ware,

  7. jollyjoker2 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    whatever;’ just carry insurance

  8. money2long - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Don’t be surprised if the pacers go into FULL REBUILD mode after this turn of events.

    Losing lance and George.
    Already frustrated with hibbert. They may trade him away.
    David west will want to play for a contender so he may be gone.
    The rest are role players.

    Pacers may rebuild sooner than you all think. What are they playing for now ?

    • bball242322 - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      honestly they should tank next season and pair a lottery pick for PG’s return. WHich will likely happen…

  9. csbanter - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Hopefully he gets back for 2015-16 season and beyond. #GetwellsoonPG

  10. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    “Search Twitter for NBA players, and you’ll see essentially the same message”

    I didn’t click on your article for advice on twitter searches.

  11. elcaminobilly - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    It’s really great to see how much other players- not teammates but competitors- really care. They may be foes on court but it really is a kind of brotherhood off it.

  12. loubearkane - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Think the Pacers should grab Beasley before he signs with the Lakers maybe you catch lightning in a bottle.

  13. titansbro - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Everybody’s wishing PG well but I must know, what did LeBron say?

    In other breaking news, sources close to LeBron James say he had OJ with his breakfast this morning.

    • bball242322 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      What did Lebron say? It’s in the article above….

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