Paul George suffers gruesome injury at USA scrimmage 

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Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George will more than likely miss the entire 2014-2015 NBA season after an open tibia-fibula fracture suffered during the U.S. national team's intrasquad scrimmage Friday night, according to USA Today.

George ran to chase down a layup from Houston's James Harden when his right foot hit the backboard stanchion causing the gruesome injury.

On Saturday morning, Larry Bird, the Pacers president of basketball operations, issued a statement on George's injury saying that while the injury is a setback he believes that the team and George can bounce back.

''Our franchise has had setbacks in its history but has demonstrated the abilities to recover. Paul will provide the example of that off the court and it is up to the rest of us to provide that example on the court," Bird said. "Any discussion regarding the future of our team would be inappropriate at this time. Our focus is solely on Paul and doing whatever we can to help.''

George was coming off a breakout season for the Pacers in which he averaged a career high in points and steals.

Many stars from around the sports world took to social media to offer support to George and his family. Everyone from Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. offered up their prayers to the Pacers star.

George also got support from Golden State Warriors guard, Shaun Livingston and former Louisville basketball player, Kevin Ware who suffered and recovered from their own devastating leg injuries.

Director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo addressed George's injury in a press conference saying that while George's injury is a big blow to USA Basketball, the focus should remain on wishing him a full recovery.

"This is a very tough blow. Not so much about us but about Paul," Colangelo said."It's a first for us in USA Basketball to have something like this take place. It's a tough situation for our entire organization; our coaches, our players — very, very emotional."

George took to Twitter to thank everyone for the encouragement he has received.

"Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I'll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y'all!!"

Since George's injury USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Colangelo have postponed reducing the roster from 20 to 14 or 15 players.

''Everything's on hold right and it should be,'' Krzyzewski said. ''It would be so inappropriate for us to talk about anything else when there's a serious injury like this.''


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