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.
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
issued a statementon 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
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
Warewho suffered and recovered from their
own devastating leg injuries.
Director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo
Colangeloaddressed 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
Krzyzewskiand 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.''