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Paul George wants to meet Samir Ait Said after horrific Olympic leg break

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There is something about tragic injuries that inspires competitors to unite together and support a downed peer.

According to a report by USA today, Indiana Pacers and Team USA star Paul George is trying to set up a meeting with injured French gymnast Samir Ait Said.

George, of course, suffered a similar injury only two years ago when he sustained a compound fracture of the right tibia and fibula during a Team USA scrimmage ahead of the FIBA World Cup.

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The 26-year-old small forward spent almost an entire year on the sidelines before playing the final six games of the next season for the Pacers, so he has a level of empathy most sympathisers cannot give Said.

It was his idea to meet with Said, according to USA Basketball spokesperson Craig Miller. However, it is uncertain when or if that meeting can occur. Miller confirmed Said was not yet accepting visitors as of Sunday afternoon, but George is ready and waiting when he does.

George returned to have a career year last season with an average of 23.1 points a night along with 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals. He proved he could return better than ever and Said will surely draw inspiration from his story.

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The California-born star a tweeted out his support for the French gymnast as well. He assured him that he will come back stronger and publicly offered his support through this ordeal.

The break itself was one of the most gruesome in Olympic history. The snap was heard loud and clear during as the Frenchman attempted to land a vault and the injury has been doing the rounds on social media ever since.

It's a touch of class from George to want to make this meeting happen. Let's hope he can make it happen.

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