Indiana Pacers star Paul George suffered a serious leg injury while playing in an intrasquad scrimmage for USA Basketball at UNLV Friday night.
While going up to contest a James Harden fast break, George landed awkwardly against the basket stanchion and suffered an open tibia-fibula fracture, according to an ESPN report this morning.
Teammates and fans in the crowd reacted immediately, with visible disbelief on many of their faces.
George underwent successful surgery last night and is expected to be hospitalized for at least three days, and will likely miss all of next season.
Shortly after George was carted off the court on a stretcher, the Miami Heat and some of its players took to Twitter to send their best wishes to George.
Our thoughts are with you, @Paul_George24. Wishing you a speedy recovery.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) August 2, 2014
Praying for @Paul_George24 for not only the player he is but the person he is. Injuries are thee toughest part of sports— THREE (@DwyaneWade) August 2, 2014
I just saw what happened to Paul George last night. Prayers and compassion going to him and his family. #PrayForPaulGeorge— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) August 2, 2014
Prayers go up to my homie @Paul_George24. We prayin for u bra. Hate to see athletes get hurt— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) August 2, 2014
My prayers are with @Paul_George24, wishing for a quick recovery. Tough to see that happen to anyone.— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) August 2, 2014
Prayers go out to @Paul_George24 stay strong!!!! God has a plan— James Ennis (@JamesDa_Truth) August 2, 2014
Wow never want to see another player go down like that. Hope for a speedy recovery— justin hamilton (@Justin__41) August 2, 2014
George also took to Twitter to thank everyone for the well wishes, promising to come back even "better than ever."
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
George and his Indiana Pacers squad have been a bitter rival of the Miami Heat for the past three seasons.
Considered to be the Heat's biggest challenge to returning to the NBA Finals in a weakened Eastern Conference last season, the Pacers raced out into first place and despite some late season struggles finished the regular season right where they wanted to; in first place with a shot at the Heat with homecourt advantage in the playoffs. They eventually faltered to Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals for a second consecutive year.
The Heat and its fans have grown to despise the Pacers and its players during each of their playoff series matchups. There certainly has been no love lost between the two cities and their players.
However, no one wants to see any player no matter how bitter a rival suffer an injury like George did last night. As a fan of the game, you want all of the superstars the league has to offer. As a fan of your team, you want them to play against the best-of-the-best with an opportunity to beat them.
Hot Hot Hoops would like to wish you a speedy recovery, Paul George!
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