Indiana Pacers star Paul George has snapped his leg in half while playing for Team USA. George suffered an apparent severe lower right leg injury Friday night during the Team USA intrasquad showcase game at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.
George’s leg landed and then buckled at the base of the basket stanchion while playing defense against James Harden on a drive to the basket just 27 seconds into the fourth quarter.
After roughly 10 minutes of stoppage, George’s leg was put into an air-cast and was taken out of the arena on a stretcher. Team USA headCoach Mike Krzyzewski then announced to the crowd that the scrimmage would not be finished.
Paul George Snaps Leg in half during Team USA intrasquad game
In what was shaping up to be a promising season for the Indiana Pacers, the season now appears to be in jeopardy with their star player suffering from what will almost certainly be a career ending injury.
Team USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo addressed the injury after the game was called.
“This is a tough blow, not only for USA basketball but for the Indiana Pacers,” he said. “And so as an organization we’re just going to let a little time go by here before we address rosters … it seems so unimportant in scheme of things. When you have something like this, it puts things in perspective.”