If there is any positive spin to put on this devastating injury, it is that Paul George was cognizant enough within about an hour to tweet out a message. He thanked everyone for the support they have shown and said he would be back — better than ever.
Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I'll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y'all!! #YoungTrece
— Paul George (@Paul_George24) August 2, 2014
It’s great to see that he wasn’t in so much shock or so emotionally distraught that he couldn’t focus on anything but his own pain, not to mention the heartbreak that athletes sometimes say is even worse — that awareness that everything you have worked for so hard may now be gone.
Good to see that Paul is looking forward this soon.
Still, when you look at his last two tweets together, it’s hard not to feel a huge weight in your stomach.
And now he is one a stretcher, reacting to all the many reactions his NBA fraternity brothers and fans had to watching him shatter his leg on national television.
The sadness just gets sadder.
As for the Indiana Pacers, the team put out the following statement from team president Larry Bird. “We are aware of the injury sustained by Paul George in Friday night’s Team USA game in Las Vegas and we are obviously greatly concerned. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with Paul. We are still gathering details and will have an updated statement Saturday.”
Larry Bird's unofficial statement is, of course, unprintable.
— Russ Bengtson (@russbengtson) August 2, 2014
UPDATE: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement. This news really is shaking the whole league. Everyone is stunned and sickened, just hoping he can recover as quickly as is possible.
Adam Silver statement in Paul George injury pic.twitter.com/pkT4ZG9M0x
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) August 2, 2014