Paul George suffered a horrific broken leg during a game of The Team USA showcase Friday and the tape of the break has left viewers cringing in sympathetic pain for the basketball star.
As the Indiana Pacers star chased down opposing player James Hardena as he went in for a shot, he slid into the base of the the basket and the leg literally snapped before the eyes of fellow players, viewers, and later, the world.
In a statement released after surgery was completed, USA Basketball said George suffered an open tibia-fibula fracture and will remain remain in the hospital for about three days.
George's poor parents were at the game and joined him on the court as he was being helped by medical personnel. Silence was the only sound at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center as medical personnel worked on him. George then left on a stretcher to a standing ovation, and the game was subsequently called off.
According to ESPN, there was no additional damage apart from the fractures, but doctors believe George likely will miss all of next season. However, no official prognosis has been released.
Meanwhile, George tweeted his thanks for all the love and support:
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
His parents and Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard accompanied George as he was transported to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Las Vegas.
"He appeared quite stoic (as the medical team was attending to him)," said Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski. "They allowed his father to touch him and to comfort him. I thought our trainers did a good job right away making sure that emotionally he was as good as possible."
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