Editor’s Note: Due to the severity and graphicness of Paul George’s leg injury, we will not post any video footage or photographs of the event happening.
As we celebrate the return of one NBA superstar–Derrick Rose–from critical injuries, we were forced to endure another.
Near the ten-minute mark of the fourth quarter in the highly anticipated Team USA Showcase, a chase-down block attempt from Paul George turned into a gruesome injury as his leg folded against the basket stanchion.
Carried off the court on a stretcher after doctors placed a splint on George’s leg, NBA players and fans around the world began the display sympathy for the All-Star. It was the nightmare we all never wanted to witness: our team’s best player getting hurt in a meaningless game–whether that means a scrimmage such as tonight or international play in general.
The details of George’s injury have yet to be revealed, but it’s a sure thing that he won’t be competing in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. George’s absence creates a void at the wing as he was expected to start at small forward for Team USA as Kevin Durant shifted to the power forward and Anthony Davis shifts to center in the wake of Blake Griffin’s and Kevin Love’s withdrawal.
With Paul’s injury being as gruesome as it was, Jerry Colangelo made it vehemently known that the roster replacement will be handled when it happens. When Team USA heads to Spain, they’ll only take 12 players with them and, as Colangelo said in an interview following the scrimmage, when the decision is made, he’ll inform the public.
It’s difficult seeing upcoming stars suffers injuries as this; or just stars in general. While the numbers don’t fully support the thought, it feels as if more and more of our superstars are dealing with injuries. Derrick Rose. Kobe Bryant. Dwight Howard. Russell Westbrook. Dwayne Wade. Now George.
We at FullyClips send George prayers are he begins to embark on a long recovery. We’re all rooting for him.
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