Paul George Breaks Leg, Will Miss Season
The hits keep coming for the Indiana Pacers. Not long after losing versatile wing man Lance Stephenson in free agency, the team has now learned they may have to spend the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season without their best player, as well.
According to the Indy Star, superstar small forward Paul George suffered a compound fracture of both his right tibia and fibula at the Team USA basketball scrimmage on Friday night. George underwent surgery for over two hours and is expected to be hospitalized for the next 2-3 days.
George reportedly went up in the air to attempt to block a shot, but came down awkwardly, with the end result being two fractures in his leg.
It’s a gruesome injury that involves at least one of the bones protruding through the skin of the leg and is not believe to welcome a quick recovery time. A normal broken leg would already be cause for concern and could have potentially put George’s 2014-15 season in question, but a compound fracture could crush any hopes of him playing this year, altogether.
The good news is that George is said to have experienced no additional structural or ligament damage anywhere in his leg, so he will be looking at a rehab that just pertains to healing his bones and improving his leg strength.
ESPN Medical Analyst Dr. Michael Kaplan called George’s injury “similar” to Louisville college basketball player Kevin Ware, who sustained a compound fracture in his leg in the NCAA tournament a couple of years ago.
“He’s certainly going to need surgery,” Kaplan said, “He’ll be out for nine to 12 months with this.”
That’s just the estimate to get George back onto the playing court. Getting him back to an elite level and playing starter minutes? That could take even longer.
No one should bet against George, though. One of the top up and coming talents in the league, George has proven to have the mental edge needed to rise above the next to impossible.
Warriors guard Shaun Livingston, who dealt with a similar catastrophic injury years ago, suggested George has what it takes to make it back to where he was before.
“He will be able to bounce back because he has a warrior mentality”, Livingston said.
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