Paul George tried to challenge a layup attempt in transition and came down on the basketball hoop support, seemingly shattering his lower leg. It was among the most gruesome injuries I’ve seen, in the Shaun Livingston, Kevin Ware, Joe Theisman realm.
There are no words, and I’ll spare you the images for now. (UPDATE: There are some here.)
Here is more info from Ben Golliver of SI.
The injury occurred with 9:33 remaining in the fourth quarter with Team White leading Team Blue 81-71. George’s right leg bent sharply against the basket stanchion as he attempted to contest a layup attempt by James Harden.
The Thomas & Mack Center crowd began chanting “U-S-A” and “Paul! George!” to show their support for George, who remained down on the ground for some time as medical personnel attended to him. His teammates circled around him, clapping their support as he was lifted onto the stretcher. George’s hands covered his face as he was transported off the court.
“There’s a brotherhood in the NBA,” USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said afterwards. “In moments like this, a brotherhood shows its heart and it shows its depth.”
Here are reactions from the NBA Twitter world. More on the Paul George injury situation as it develops.
George got his leg caught on the basket standard at the end of a fast break. Players really upset.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 2, 2014
The players are literally sick watching Paul George on the court. Stretcher is out. What a horrible scene here in Vegas
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) August 2, 2014
Paul George is down & it looks really bad. Players are looking away in disgust. Some are burying their heads in towels. Stretcher coming out
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) August 2, 2014
Paul George taken off on a stretcher. The scrimmage has been called, rightfully so. pic.twitter.com/DFX1GM0nu6
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) August 2, 2014
No joke. Paul George's leg just folded below the knee. Trust me, you DO NOT want to see the replay. Praying for him.
— Michael Grady (@Grady) August 2, 2014
Man… Paul George….
— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) August 2, 2014
— FOX59 News (@FOX59) August 2, 2014
Hate to see that happen to anyone
— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) August 2, 2014
Prayers out to PG. Hate to see not only a great player get hurt. But he's a good dude.
— Kemba walker (@KembaWalker) August 2, 2014
I thought I could take watching the replay of Paul George's injury. I was wrong. Literally shouted. So awful.
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) August 2, 2014
It looks like ESPN isn't showing this replay again. Good move by them. It was awful.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 2, 2014
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) August 2, 2014
Players left the bench, gathered to huddle & pray. Fans have started chanting, "USA! USA!"
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) August 2, 2014
— Brandon Rush (@BRush_25) August 2, 2014
I've never watched the Kevin Ware or Livingston injuries. Do yourself a favor and don't watch this one.
— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) August 2, 2014
UPDATE: They ended the game given the gravity of the what was clearly a Team USA-ending injury for Paul George and probably much, much worse. You can only hope it wasn’t as bad as it looked, but that seems like a very optimistic outlook at this point.
https://twitter.com/ScottAgness/status/495400199033200640 https://twitter.com/rudygay22/status/495401368849375234 https://twitter.com/exhoopsPRguy/status/495401410998337536 https://twitter.com/andre/status/495399709939601408 https://twitter.com/poormanscommish/status/495403039444844544 https://twitter.com/KCJHoop/status/495402982238728192
“We don’t know.” Colangelo on the severity of Paul George’s injury. Spokesman says formal announcement will come later — Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 2, 2014
Sick to my stomach for Paul George. He's tough as nails though. He'll be back big time.
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) August 2, 2014
Coach K was courtside for the Kevin Ware injury, and now once again for Paul George.
— Max Bretos (@mbretosESPN) August 2, 2014
"Our primary concern is Paul George." – Jerry Colangelo. Adds roster moves seem unimportant when something like this happens.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) August 2, 2014
“Paul’s family is with him. [Pacers GM] Kevin Pritchard is with him. He’s hopefully at the hospital right now.” Coach K
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 2, 2014
Minor setback for a major comeback PG.
— Kevin Ware (@5Juice) August 2, 2014
Thoughts and prayers going out to @Paul_George24. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) August 2, 2014
Damn! Happen to a good kid & a good person. Stay strong form the OG paul_george24 http://t.co/zyMMsubYYb
— TJ Ford (@tj_ford) August 2, 2014
Damn I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy prayers to the homie @Paul_George24 we going to win this gold for you bruh!!
— Kenneth Faried (@KennethFaried35) August 2, 2014
— ChicagoSports (@ChicagoSports) August 2, 2014
Paul is strong. He will be back. Surrounded by family and friends. @Pacers
— Kevin Pritchard (@PacersKev) August 2, 2014
@paul_George24 strong guy, strong will, strong family. Thoughts and prayers to one of the best individuals, period, I have ever dealt with.
— David Benner (@PacersDMB) August 2, 2014
— Baron Davis (@Baron_Davis) August 2, 2014
.@Paul_George24 I'm praying that you have a speedy recovery from your leg injury! I'm sure you will come back better than ever!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 2, 2014
Prayers go out to one of our leagues best young talents @Paul_George24! Get well my brother!!!!
— Jermaine O'Neal (@jermaineoneal) August 2, 2014
— USA Men's Basketball (@USABMNT) August 2, 2014
God bless u my brother @Paul_George24. Im hurt, praying for you. Praying for peace. Praying that God heals you in a supernatural way.
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 2, 2014
Pray for my teammate…..brother……friend pg we go get thru this fam
(This post has been updated repeatedly to include more reactions from the NBA community.)