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Team USA to wear patches honoring Paul George for Brazil scrimmage Saturday

Aug 14, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

Paul George is still on the minds of USA Basketball players… how could he not be?

Being in practice all week in Las Vegas, playing hard against him then seeing him go down with a fluke, freak injury that shattered two bones in his leg and ended not only his Team USA summer but also his next season.

Team USA is back at practice this week in Chicago and at its scrimmage Saturday against Brazil (and I’m sure the rest of the USA scrimmages coming up) the team is going to wear a little a little tribute to George, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Classy touch by USA Basketball.

As for FIBA… did you expect them to let sentimentality and human feeling clutter up the marketing message they are trying to send? This is the same body that gave a World Cup “wild card” slot to Finland, the world’s 39th ranked team, instead of China, Russia (2012 Olympic bronze medalists) and Germany (among others). Why? Because their fans travel well and had the backing of Rovio (the makers of Angry Birds) — basically, they were going to make FIBA money at the venue. It’s basically how lower college bowl bids get made.

  1. mackcarrington - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    If the NBA followed this trend, the Lakers wouldn’t have had enough room on their jerseys last season with patches for Kobe and Steve Nash.

    • shanelsweet - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Jeez, mack. Just when I think you’re a close minded idiot, you go ahead and write something that’s so entertaining and insightful. That whole “say what you want to say” policy on here really pays off sometimes. Thank for the enlightenment.

      • mackcarrington - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        My mind is like a door or a window. It is able to open and close.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Kobe had an idea…

      Take the name “Lakers” off and replace it with Kobe

  2. ncarolinarn7 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    So if you get hurt at work then all the other employees have to honor the “sacrifice” you made by doing your job but getting hurt. Gotta love this country or what!! Now you’re getting paid PLUS they have to hire a new guy to do your job while you’re out healing. Gotta love it!

  3. haaaaasoooooo - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    What exactly is he being “honored” for?

  4. campcouch - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    ahahahahahaha, Larry Bird said it best,”A patch? He’s not dead.”

  5. infieldhit - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Bird laughed when he was asked if the Pacers would wear a patch. The reporter probably felt stupid (and he should’ve), but he probably feels a little more justified now.

  6. twinfan24 - Aug 15, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Lame! Cousins pulled out with an injury. Will he get a patch too? Can Love get a different shaped patch for pulling out for trade reasons? Ridiculous.

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