Paul George’s gruesome leg injury during Team USA’s Blue and White scrimmage shook up the basketball world on Friday. The scrimmage was called following the injury and seemingly just about everyone in the NBA community tweeted their respects to George.
Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke about what happened following his decision to call off the game, courtesy of USA Today’s Sam Amick.
When the team got back to the locker room, “Jerry addressed (the players), and then I did,” Krzyzewski said. “A very emotional setting. There’s a brother hood in the NBA, and to me moments like this – a family or a brother hood shows its heart, shows its depth, and I though that’s what our players showed during that time.”
Director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo commented on the impact of George’s injury.
“This is a very tough blow,” Colangelo said. “It’s a first for us in USA basketball to have something like this take place. It’s a tough situation for our entire organization, our coaches and players are very, very emotional. There’s no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances.
“We need to just take a step back before we do anything at all. Our first concern, our promary concern, is Paul George. I wnate to reach out to the Indiana Pacers oragnziation, I have a call into owner Herb Simon. This is a tough blow, not only for USA basketball but for the Indiana Pacers. And so, as an orgaization, we’re just going to let a little bit of time go by here before we address rosters or any of that stuff. It seems unimportant.”
George’s Team USA run this summer is certainly done following the injury. Colangelo and Coach K made it clear that they would not discuss how the roster would be impacted.
“Everything is on hold right now, and it should be,” Krzyzewski said. “It would be so inappropriate for us to talk about anything else when there’s a serious injury like this.”
George averaged 21.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this past season with the Indiana Pacers.