08/01 22:12 CDT George suffers serious leg injury in US exhibition
George suffers serious leg injury in US exhibition
LAS VEGAS (AP) --- Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome
right leg injury late in the U.S. national team's intrasquad scrimmage Friday
George leaped to contest a fast-break layup by James Harden with 9:33 left in
the fourth quarter and his leg smashed against the bottom of the backboard
Trainers immediately ran onto the floor and after roughly 10 minutes of
stoppage, George was taken out of the arena on a stretcher. With players
looking visibly upset, coach Mike Krzyzewski then announced to the crowd that
the scrimmage would not be finished.
"There's no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances," USA
Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said.
The White team led George's Blue team 81-71.
George was considered a lock to make the final 12-man roster for the World Cup
of Basketball that starts later this month in Spain.
The Americans planned to reduce the 20-play pool to 14 or 15 players Saturday,
but put off those plans after George's injury.
"Everything's on hold right and it should be," Krzyzewski said. "It would be so
inappropriate for us to talk about anything else when there's a serious injury