The Indiana Pacers took a huge hit Friday night when forward Paul George took a bad fall during the USA Men’s Basketball scrimmage in Las Vegas. Paul ended up fracturing his tibia and fibula in his right leg. Some compared the incident to Kevin Ware’s injury during the NCAA tournament last year. Just like Ware, it will take George some time to heal and he’ll probably miss the whole 2014-2015 season.
George had emergency surgery Friday night and is now recovering. Over the weekend, George had many visitors in the hospital checking on him, ranging from Floyd Mayweather to Anthony Davis.
On Saturday, Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird released a statement:
“Our first thoughts are with Paul and his family. It is way too early to speculate on his return as the No. 1 priority for everyone will be his recovery. Our initial discussions with our doctors and the doctors in Las Vegas have us very optimistic. We are hopeful at some point next week Paul will return to Indianapolis to continue his recovery.
There is no question about the impact on our team but our goal is to be as strong-willed and determined as Paul will be in coming 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. 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.
We still support USA Basketball and believe in the NBA’s goals of exposing our game, our teams and players worldwide. This is an extremely unfortunate injury that occurred on a highly-visible stage, but could also have occurred anytime, anywhere.
Finally, the Pacers would like to thank our fans and the NBA community for their outreach of support in the brief amount of time since the injury occurred. It has been overwhelming and it is what makes Indiana and the NBA special.”
George’s absence, along with Lance Stephenson going to the Charlotte Hornets, will, without a doubt, hurt the Pacers’ chance at having more successful season. During the 2013-2014 season, George averaged 15.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists for Indiana and made All-Defensive First Team.