Pacers' Paul George Suffers Serious Leg Injury
(file photo courtesy Indiana Pacers)
Indiana Pacers star Paul George is recovering from surgery after suffering a serious leg injury Friday night during a USA Basketball scrimmage in Las Vegas.
In the fourth quarter, George jumped in the air in an attempt to block a layup and when he landed, his right leg collided with the backboard stanchion. Medics rushed to George's side, put his leg in an air cast and took him off the court on a stretcher. He was taken to a nearby hospital.
USA Basketball Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski told the crowd the game would not continue following George's injury.
Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird released the following statement late morning on Saturday:
“Our first thoughts are with Paul and his family. It is way too early to speculate on his return as the No. 1 priority for everyone will be his recovery. Our initial discussions with our doctors and the doctors in Las Vegas have us very optimistic. We are hopeful at some point next week Paul will return to Indianapolis to continue his recovery."
George underwent surgery later in the night for a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula.