Paul George suffers gruesome injury at USA scrimmage

 

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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