Paul George has made his first public comments (via Twitter) following the terrible leg injury he suffered during Team USA’s Blue and White scrimmage on Friday.
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
As George notes, he received an enormous amount of support after the injury that resulted him being carted off the court and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski calling the scrimmage early. It seemed just about every NBA player with a Twitter account paid their respects to George via the social media site.
Man just landed and got a message about @Paul_George24. Made me immediately sick to my stomach!! Praying for u a speedy recovery homie!!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 2, 2014
Praying for @Paul_George24 for not only the player he is but the person he is. Injuries are thee toughest part of sports
— THREE (@DwyaneWade) August 2, 2014
Prayers go out to @Paul_George24 and his family! Keep ya head up G!
— James Harden (@JHarden13) August 2, 2014
George suffered the injury at the start of the fourth quarter while trying to defend a James Harden layup following a fastbreak. George’s leg buckled after the block attempt.
Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird and NBA commissioner Adam Silver were among those that released a statement as a result of George’s injury.
“We are aware of the injury sustained by Paul George in Friday night’s Team USA game in Las Vegas and we are obviously greatly concerned. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with Paul. We are still gathering details and will have an updated statement Saturday.”
“It was difficult to watch the injury that Paul George sustained tonight while representing his country.The thoughts and prayers of all of us at the NBA are with Paul and his family.”
ESPN’s Dr. Michael Kaplan estimated that George will miss 9-12 months due to the injury. He averaged 21.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this past season.