A basketball scrimmage between members of the United States men's national team turned ugly when Paul George was carried off due to a gruesome leg injury.
You can view the injury here. (Warning: Video contains graphic images.)
George was upbeat in his first message following the incident:
Still, the initial injury was so severe that head coach Mike Krzyzewski called off the rest of the game:
The injury itself compares to Lawrence Taylor's hit on Joe Theismann and, more recently, Kevin Ware's injury in the 2013 NCAA tournament:
Ware himself provided his own reaction to George’s injury:
Oddly enough, Krzyzewski was also in the building for Ware's injury:
The Duke coach was leading the Blue Devils against Louisville in the 2013 Elite Eight when Ware broke his leg.
Lang Whitaker of NBA.com was also shaken after the injury:
Pacers teammate Roy Hibbert's reaction was short and to the point:
Other veterans added their thoughts while showing the strong bond among NBA players:
Meanwhile, those covering the game on ESPN were also concerned:
Shaun Livingston, who knows what it takes to work his way back from a leg injury, thinks George should be back:
Pacers president Larry Bird released a statement regarding the incident on the team's official Twitter account:
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski weighed in on how this may impact international basketball play:
Unfortunately, this seems like something that will keep George out for a long time, as Turner Sports' Matt Winer speculated:
Winer thinks this will affect Team USA basketball in the future:
At the very least, playing in scrimmages will give guys second thoughts:
A cause of the injury can be traced to the basket stanchions being closer than usual:
That thought quickly spread, with many concerned about player safety:
No matter which NBA team we root for, we all wish George a speedy recovery.
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