Updates from Friday, Aug. 15
Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports has the latest on George:
Paul George on return timeline says: "We don't want to put a date on it or a timeframe on it."— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 15, 2014
Paul George: "Going forward, I don't think it will affect me in a negative way."— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 15, 2014
David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade & Floyd Mayweather amongst those that reached out to Paul George after his injury.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 15, 2014
Michael Lee of The Washington Post adds more:
Paul George: "When I looked down & saw my bone sticking out, I knew it was bad."— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) August 15, 2014
Paul George on injury: "It’s something that I think I can overcome...A bump in a road. Something that will make me stronger going forward."— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) August 15, 2014
The Pacers' Twitter feed noted that George didn't blame USA basketball for the injury:
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Dr. Robert Klapper has an update on George's leg:
PAUL GEORGE. No ligament tendon nerve or joint damage! Just broken bone and skin. He will return 100% the player he was!— Dr. Robert Klapper (@DrRobertKlapper) August 14, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, August 5
Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears has a statement from USA Basketball GM Jerry Colangelo regarding Paul George:
"Paul’s (George) injury was an extremely unfortunate occurrence; it was truly a freak accident,” - Jerry Colangelo in statement.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 5, 2014
"USA Basketball is very appreciative of the willingness of our players to play for (USA) & in their own patriotic way give back,"-Colangelo— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 5, 2014
Jerry Colangelo says Paul George will soon be discharged as early as today.JC: "He is already on the heal & we are very pleased about that."— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 5, 2014
Updates from Saturday, August 2
Indy Star reporter Candace Buckner has more from George's father:
Paul George, Sr.: "What he went through last night, today I can breathe a little better. We feel a lot better."— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) August 3, 2014
In a full, exclusive interview, George Sr. went into more detail with Buckner:
"Paul's doing well now. He's doing good. He's just resting right now," George Sr. said. "If it had to break, it broke the right way. It broke evenly, so they're saying he should be back 100 percent. But of course, he's got to go through his long process of healing and getting back in the gym but they're saying that shouldn't stop him from doing what he was doing once he's healthy again."
George, 24, suffered the shocking injury in the fourth quarter of the USA Men's Basketball instrasquad showcase held in Las Vegas. While George, Sr. said "it's possible" that his son will miss the 2014-15 season, the timetable will be judged after he returns to Indianapolis on Monday and visits local doctors.
"We're saying the whole year," George Sr. said. "With an injury like that, you need some time off.
"Doctors said give him at least three months before he can start putting weight on it," George Sr. continued. "Then he said from there it's up to him how far he can go with it. We'll have to play it by ear. He's hurting. He still can't believe that this has happened."
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.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports notes the timeline for George following surgery:
Pacers guard Paul George had a "good surgery. No ancillary damage" but likely out for next season, a source told Yahoo Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 2, 2014
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George suffered an ugly leg injury Friday night during the USA Basketball Showcase in Las Vegas.
SportsCenter reports George underwent surgery to repair his broken leg:
Paul George has compound fracture of tibia and fibula. He is having surgery to get pin placed in his leg.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 2, 2014
Candace Buckner of The Indianapolis Star reports good news on George:
USA Basketball has just released a statement confirming successful surgery for Paul George— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) August 2, 2014
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne notes how long he'll be hospitalized:
USA basketball issues statement confirming George suffered open tibia-fibula fracture & is expected to remain hospitalized for 3 days— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) August 2, 2014
ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst detailed how the injury occurred:
George got his leg caught on the basket standard at the end of a fast break. Players really upset.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 2, 2014
Paul George tweeted late Friday night:
Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I'll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y'all!! #YoungTrece— Paul George (@Paul_George24) August 2, 2014
Busted Coverage tweeted out a Vine of the incident. (Caution: Injury is gruesome in nature.)
NBA on ESPN provides NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's statement on the matter:
Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement on Paul George's injury: pic.twitter.com/Zh0LByFmhm— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) August 2, 2014
Many wondered if the closeness of the hoop to the baseline had anything to do with the injury. Windhorst posted a photo of the basket in question on Twitter and stated his belief that the stanchion in the Thomas & Mack Center is much closer than you'd see on an NBA court:
Basket stanchions at Thomas & Mack Center appears to be significantly closer than NBA standard. pic.twitter.com/q0Nd5N847D— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 2, 2014
The Showcase was halted after George went down with the White Team holding an 81-71 lead with nine minutes and 33 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo said after the game that the event couldn't have possibly continued, per Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver:
“This is a very tough blow. Not so much about us, but about Paul. It’s a first for us in USA Basketball.” Colangelo— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 2, 2014
“It’s very, very emotional. There’s no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances.” Colangelo— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 2, 2014
“We need to take a step back before we do anything at all. Our first concern, our primary concern, is Paul George.” Colangelo— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 2, 2014
Shelburne reported that George was taken to a Las Vegas-area hospital to undergo a special surgery:
Paul George was taken to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Las Vegas. Coach K said his family and Kevin Pritchard are with him— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) August 2, 2014
The injury had a massive effect on some of the U.S. players, with Kyrie Irving in particular taking it hard, per ESPN's Mark Jones:
All you need to know about the seriousness of Paul George's injury is that I'm looking at Kyrie Irving sobbing,crying in his Dads arms.— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) August 2, 2014
The Indiana Pacers released a statement on Twitter:
Statement from Larry Bird about Paul George: pic.twitter.com/xIRjSqxuwJ— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) August 2, 2014
George's teammate, Roy Hibbert, summed up the reaction from almost every NBA player and fan:
Damn— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) August 2, 2014
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski weighs in on how this may impact international play:
Owners and GMs united tonight: Paul George injury could be tipping point for use of stars in international play. "Game-changer," GM told me.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 2, 2014
The 24-year-old is coming off the best season of his three-year career. His 21.7 points a game were a career high, as was his 20.1 player efficiency rating, according to Basketball-Reference.com.
Now without Lance Stephenson, who signed with the Charlotte Hornets two weeks ago, Indiana will need to fill both starting wing positions with new blood. No player was more responsible for the Pacers' success last season than George.
The most pressing concern at the moment is that he can get back to that level once again.