Paul George Fractures Leg, Recovering From Surgery
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George is currently recovering from surgery after fracturing his tibia-fibula on Friday night while playing in a showcase game with Team USA.
Paul George Fractures Leg
In the fourth quarter of the game at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center, George slammed his right foot against the basket stanchion after chasing James Harden down the court. When George, 24, made contact with the stanchion, his leg visibly bended. George was subsequently taken to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, where Dr. David Silverberg, Dr. Joseph Yu and Team USA physician Riley Williams performed his surgery, reported USA Today Sports.
While George remains hospitalized following the surgery, it’s unknown if he will be able to return to the court for the 2014-2015 season. As of yet, no concrete timetable has been revealed
"It is way too early to speculate on his return, as the No. 1 priority for everyone will be his recovery," Pacers team president Larry Bird said in a statement. "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."
"Any discussion regarding the future of our team would be inappropriate at this time," Bird added in his statement. "Our focus is solely on Paul and doing whatever we can to help. We still support USA Basketball and believe in the NBA's goals of exposing our game, our teams and players worldwide.
George’s 2013-2014 season with the Pacers was his best yet. He finished averaging 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He was also on track to make the Team USA roster that is heading to the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain Aug. 30.
George has taken to Twitter to share his thanks for the support he’s received and to reassure fans he’ll be back on the court in no time.
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