Indiana Pacers Paul George is recovering from surgery this morning at a Las Vegas hospital after suffering an open tibia-fibula fracture.
“Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I’ll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y’all!! #YoungTrece,” George Tweeted late Friday night.
During Team USA’s showcase at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center on Friday night, the NBA star was blocking a layup in the 4th quarter when he landed on the basket stanchion, which caused the hair raising injury. The small forward had a successful operation at Vegas’ Sunrise Hospital, but it’s still unclear how long the player will be out.
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“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 said. “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 … This is an extremely unfortunate injury that occurred on a highly-visible stage, but could also have occurred anytime, anywhere.”
Following the injury, social media blew up with reactions, particularly from his NBA family.
“#Pray4PG,” Dwyane Wade posted on Instagram, including an image of he and George on the court.
Lakers player Nick Young also tweeted his condolences, writing:
“Praying for my dude @paul_george24 I hate seeing stuff like that man.”
Last season, Paul averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists. The Pacers wound up losing to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
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