(Stephan R. Sylvanie/USA Today)
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George is carted off the court at UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center.
All Star forward Paul George seriously injured his right leg contesting a lay up by James Harden at the 9:33 mark of the fourth quarter in the first Team USA scrimmage at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski immediately called and end to the scrimmage and addressed the stunned crowd after George was rushed to the hospital.
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George’s leg injury brought an abrupt end to a very spirited scrimmage. Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose showed no ill effects from two recent knee injuries. Tonight’s events served as a sick irony when looking at George’s injury.
The horrific nature of the injury reminded many of the injury suffered by Louisville guard Kevin Ware in the 2013 NCAA Tournament ironically against Coach K’s Duke Blue Devils. Ware took to social media as well as others when learning of George’s injury.
— Kevin Ware (@5Juice) August 2, 2014
George’s chief rival, Cleveland’s LeBron James Tweeted:
Hurt my stomach the moment I heard the news! I didn't want to believe it. Man I need u out there bro!… http://t.co/2ueciPRgtN
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 2, 2014
George’s Pacer teammate Roy Hibbert probably summed up what we saw best:
— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) August 2, 2014
Paul George was able to respond to well wishers via Twitter:
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
The Indiana Pacers endured a roller coaster of a season ending with a disappointing loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. This latest development only compounds the disappointment as the career of Paul George is now the Pacers chief concern.