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In wake of George injury, no other players dropping from Team USA

Aug 4, 2014, 6:32 PM EDT

It’s not something they often talk about, but professional athletes — NBA, NFL, Barclays Premier League, NHL, MLB, and so on — all know that every time they lace it up they could suffer a catastrophic injury. It’s part of the risk of sport. They block it out of their minds because they couldn’t play all out if they did, but they know it could happen.

And when it does happen to someone else they are shaken, but they move on.

That’s what happened with Paul George and Team USA — every other member of the squad was shaken, but nobody is dropping out. Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN have the details in a report.

Although there is undoubtedly heightened concern within the group after watching George suffer a horrendous compound leg fracture late in Friday night’s intrasquad scrimmage, sources told that various Team USA players have talked among themselves about the need to stay together, with showing support for George ranking as one of their primary motivations.

“No one is pulling out,” one source told this past weekend.

Added one general manager who has a player on the Team USA squad: “No one on this team wants to walk away because that would seem unfair to Paul. If there is any fallout from this injury, it may not be felt until the next time invites [for Team USA] go out.”

The next time is the more interesting question. Although, if Team USA wins the World Cup this summer (it will be them or Spain, a good team playing at home) the next time they have to form a squad would be for the 2016 Rio Olympics. A gold medal can be a big part of a legacy and for guys trying to promote their personal brand (and shoes) that is a huge international platform. As we discussed before, the Olympics may not see much attrition.

But the next World Cup or some event after that… then it gets interesting.

For now, the USA will miss George’s defense and scoring, but the USA is ridiculously deep at the guard spot and on the wing. The players will move on.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    I don’t know why you guys keep posting about Team USA. You know they have no chance right?

    Walter Herrmann is playing for Argentina. They’ll win every game by 90 at least.

  2. antistratfordian - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    It isn’t so much that the players know that they can suffer a catastrophic injury at any time, it’s more that they don’t think it will ever happen to them.

  3. milkman1989 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM

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    • asimonetti88 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:11 PM

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  4. mogogo1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Not sure where you’re going with your survey and dissertation but I had a hard time getting by the first question. No sport, including the NFL which is as balanced as any, has 30 teams that are close to equal. In fact, the 10 good, 10 okay, 10 bad model pretty accurately describes the typical NFL season. The difference is that teams move more freely between those categories than they do in the NBA. But, good luck and I hope you get some results you can use.

  5. urallstupid - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    why does no one talk about the fact that PG only got injured cause he landed on the cushion? and about the obvious player safety issues? players need more room to land on the baselines.

    • dacapt704 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      I’ve always said that the NBA will rue the day when a player gets hurt because of all the camera crews with heavy (metallic) equipment and cords all over the place sitting on the baseline…all so the NBA can get the best camera angle, its definitely not conducive to player safety. But again, lets not overreact…how many foreign players get hurt in international play? Think about that…they play for their countries all the time. This is the 1st time its happened to one of ours so I’m glad the players are rational about this, unlike fans and the media

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