In a scrimmage between team USA players prior to the FIBA World Cup, the Indiana Pacers star landed awkwardly on a play and severely injured his leg. Busted Coverage tweeted out a Vine of the incident. (Caution: Injury is gruesome in nature.)
While there are few positives to take from the incident, USA Basketball reported that the surgery was successful, via NBA.com:
USA Basketball National Team member Paul George (Indiana Pacers) suffered a right leg, open tibia-fibula fracture during Friday's USA Basketball Showcase in Las Vegas. George was immediately transferred to Sunrise Hospital (Las Vegas, Nev.) where he underwent successful surgery to fix the fracture. Dr. David Silverberg, Dr. Joseph Yu and USA Basketball team physician Riley Williams (Brooklyn Nets, Hospital for Special Surgery), were present for the surgery. Paul is resting comfortably and is expected to remain hospitalized for approximately three days.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports provides a few more details, but notes that George will likely miss the entire 2014-15 season:
Orthopedic physician Dr. Bert Mandelbaum broke down the road to recovery to Bleacher Report's Will Carroll:
It could take anywhere from six to 12 months to return to fully competitive basketball after such a fracture. He first requires a period of six weeks of being on crutches. Then the athlete gradually progresses to rehabilitation, physical therapy and cross training. Once the fracture healing is strong, the athlete will return for progressions to practice and games. Once completed, most athletes can perform at pre-injury levels.
While the possibility of a return is a good thing, the Pacers will certainly miss the two-time All-Star next season. George posted a career high of 21.7 points per game while helping Indiana secure the best record in the Eastern Conference.
With the small forward on the sideline, the Pacers will struggle to remain in contention.
Still, the hope is that George will find a way back to the court before too long. He already showed that he is in good spirits after the injury with this tweet:
It might be a difficult road to recovery, but the entire NBA is certainly hoping that he makes his way back.
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