LAS VEGAS - Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team's intrasquad scrimmage Friday night.
George leaped to contest a fast-break layup by James Harden with 9:33 left in the fourth quarter and his leg smashed against the bottom of the backboard stanchion.
Trainers immediately ran onto the floor and after roughly 10 minutes of stoppage, George was taken out of the arena on a stretcher. With players looking visibly upset, coach Mike Krzyzewski then announced to the crowd that the scrimmage would not be finished.
"There's no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said.
On Saturday, the @TheNBACentral Twitter account tweeted out a photo purportedly of an x-ray of George's leg.
An X-Ray of Paul George's leg. pic.twitter.com/CqnZkwDry3— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 2, 2014
While the photo quickly went viral, many respondents noted it looked nearly identical to a photo tweeted out by CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta following a similar injury sustained in 2013 by then-Louisville Cardinals player Kevin Ware.
A representative for George was not immediately available to confirm the veracity of NBA Central's tweet.
George was considered a lock to make the final 12-man roster for the World Cup of Basketball that starts later this month in Spain.
The Americans planned to reduce the 20-play pool to 14 or 15 players Saturday, but put off those plans after George's injury.
"Everything's on hold right and it should be," Krzyzewski said. "It would be so inappropriate for us to talk about anything else when there's a serious injury like this."
Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird released the following statement:
"We are aware of the injury sustained by Paul George in Friday night's Team USA game in Las Vegas and we are obviously greatly concerned. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with Paul. We are still gathering details and will have an updated statement Saturday."
George sent a tweet about two hours after the incident.
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
Social media erupted after the injury Friday evening.
Our thoughts are with Paul George and hoping for a speedy and full recovery.— ESPN (@espn) August 2, 2014
"Our primary concern is Paul George." - Jerry Colangelo. Adds roster moves seem unimportant when something like this happens.— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) August 2, 2014
@paul_george24 praying for you bro— Lance Stephenson (@StephensonLance) August 2, 2014
Watch RTV6 and refresh this page for updates.
Colts will face McCoy, not RG3
Jay Gruden's decision to bench quarterback Robert Griffin III and start Colt McCoy when his Washington Redskins face the Indianapolis Colts…
Family offering reward in July fatal shooting
Family members of a man killed in a July shooting have announced plans to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
Man gets 16 years for shooting 16-year-old girl
A man who fatally shot a 16-year-old Noblesville girl in the chest last December has been sentenced to 16 years in the Department of Correction.
Ind. woman drops 60 lbs. to give husband kidney
This Thanksgiving, an Indiana man was thankful for the chance to get well -- all thanks to his wife who had to improve her health first.
ISP: Man slept w/15-year-old after meeting on FB
State troopers arrested a 28-year-old man after he was found in the bed of a 15-year-old girl this week.
Wet summer a relief for Ind. Christmas trees
Indiana's cool, wet summer was just what the tree doctor ordered for the state's Christmas tree farms still smarting from a devastating drought.