Paul George Suffers Gruesome Leg Injury

By Tommy Schoegler - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Paul George Suffers Gruesome Leg Injury

August 2, 2014 Updated Aug 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (21Alive) - Indiana Pacers star Paul George suffered a serious leg injury in Friday's USA Basketball Showcase.

George landed badly on his right leg while attempting to block a shot from James Harden during the fourth quarter of Team USA's first scrimmage.

George's leg buckled after hitting the base of the basketball hoop.

Medics worked on George's leg courtside for 15 minutes before taking him off the court by stretcher. Many of his U.S. teammates appeared visibly shaken after witnessing the injury.

George underwent successful surgery at a Las Vegas hospital to repair compound fractures of the tibia and fibula.

The remainder of the game, which was 27 seconds into the fourth quarter, was canceled.

"It would be so inappropriate for us to talk about anything else when there is a serious injury like this," Krzyzewski says. "We told them to relax and not worry about playing again."

U.S. teammates, fellow NBA players and many NBA franchises shared their support for a speedy recovery for George.

"Our initial discussions with our doctors and the doctors in Las Vegas have us very optimistic," Pacers president Larry Bird said in a statement on Saturday. "We are hopeful at some point next week Paul will return to Indianapolis to continue his recovery."

George is on a roster full of NBA stars that will represent the United States in the FIBA World Cup. Krzyzewski says everything "on hold" for the U.S. men's national team.

George averaged 21.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game last season. He was also in the Most Valuable Player discussion early in the season.

George will start a 5-year/$90 million guaranteed contract next season. For now, his NBA career is on hold, too.

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