The Team USA scrimmage intended to showcase the return of Derrick Rose and celebrate USA basketball came to an abrupt end Friday night when the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George suffered a horrific injury to his lower right leg.
USA Basketball released a statement Saturday morning saying that George “suffered a right leg, open tibia-fibula fracture.”
He underwent surgery overnight and remained hospitalized. He is expected to stay in the hospital for three days.
There was 9 minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the fourth period of the intrasquad scrimmage on the UNLV campus, when George chased down James Harden on a breakaway.
George slid into the basket stanchion and snapped his right leg at a 90-degree angle just above the ankle. Medical staff and doctors worked for a while stabilizing his leg before he was removed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. George’s parents were in attendance, watching the scrimmage and accompanied him to the hospital. Pacers general manager Ken Pritchard also joined them
“He appeared quite stoic (as the medical team was attending to him),” said Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski. “They allowed his father to touch him and to comfort him. I thought our trainers did a good job right away making sure that emotionally he was as good as possible.”
Krzyzewski addressed the crowd moments later and announced that the scrimmage would be cut short out of respect for George and his family.
George tweeted “Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I’ll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y’all!!”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent out a statement after seeing the injury.
“It was difficult to watch the injury that Paul George sustained tonight while representing his country. The thoughts and prayers of all of us at the NBA are with Paul and his family.”