Paul George suffered one of the worst injuries that a basketball player could possibly face two weeks ago.
The USA basketball star was preparing for the FIBA World Cup at an in-team exhibition game in Las Vegas when he suffered his horrific injury.
As you all know, The Indiana Pacers stars leg was stopped by the stanchion behind the basket while coming down from an attempted block. George's right leg stayed with the stanchion while the rest of his body traveled past it thanks to the motion from his defense.
The leg broke instantaneously and everybody watching at home, browsing twitter, or at the game in UNLV's arena knew the injury was a bad one. So did the rest of the USA Basketball team, some breaking down after what they witnessed.
George went into surgery immediately in Nevada where Team USA was holding training camp. Whilst the small forward is expected to recover, the injury will cost him the whole 2014/15 season as well as possibly more.
George has spoken about the injury for the first time and what it was like after the impact. From Marc Spears of Yahoo:
Paul George: "I was in shock. I couldn't believe this happened to me. That was the only thing that was going through my head. When I looked down and saw my bone sticking out, I knew it was bad."
Gasoline on Fire
George then went on to describe the pain, and it sounds like something i would never wish on my worst enemy.
"It felt like gasoline was on my leg and someone set a match," the 24-year old former Fresno State said. That's too gruesome to even think about.
George averaged 21.7 points per game last season, to go along with 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals per while shooting 42.4% from the field. The Pacers will be sorely missing their star man next year and the rumors are circulating if Frank Vogel will dissemble his team in order to tank till the main man gets back.