Often times a severe and brutal injury to a sports athlete will put into perspective the fact that, at the end of the day, the sport is just a game and the outcome truly does not matter in the grand scheme of things.
This was of course evident in the most recent horrific injury in sports, which was Paul George’s leg breaking in two at a recent USA basketball scrimmage. A game that was meant to display the talent of the USA basketball team ended in horrific and abrupt fashion when George went up to block a James Harden layup, missed and came down with his foot getting stuck between the stanchion and the floor. The impact immediately broke George’s leg, and in a flash the entire complexion of the game and FIBA World Cup tournament changed.
No longer did anyone care about who would start for the USA team, or other pointers regarding the scrimmage itself. Instead, all eyes were on George’s injury and the NBA as a group sent well-wishes to the Indiana Pacers All-Star guard. From his closest of friends to his bitterest of rivals, George was enveloped with love and support.
One athlete that knows a thing or two about suffering a catastrophic leg break similar to that of Paul George is the former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. In his highly anticipated rematch with current UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman at UFC 168, Silva broke his leg nearly in half when Weidman perfectly checked Silva’s leg kick.
Silva persevered, went through rehab, and will be returning to the Octagon in January to take on Nick Diaz, just 12 months after his injury. Today he sent out a message to George via Instagram:
Silva’s message to George:
I had the same injury champ, I know what you are going trough right now, but just stay calm and strong, you’ll be back soon. #PrayForGeorge