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Paul George Injury: Larry Bird, USA Basketball react with concern for Paul George not basketball

Following Paul George's brutal leg injury, the Pacers president along with Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo focused on Paul George the man, not the basketball player.

Ethan Miller

Paul George suffered a devastating knee injury in the second half of USA Basketball's showcase scrimmage which was to end the team's training camp in Las Vegas. Coach Mike Krzyzewski didn't wait long before addressing the crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center to let them know basketball was over for the night.

From the reaction of the players, there was no way to resume play. Who could possibly run and jump after witnessing something like that injury? None of the players addressed the media, but Coach K and Jerry Colangelo took questions but deflected  any questions related to basketball and essentially said the whole program is on hold until everyone has time to recover emotionally.


"It's a tough situation for our entire organization -- our coaches, our players. Very, very emotional. There's no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances.

We just need to take a step back before we do anything at all. Our first concern -- our primary concern -- is Paul George. I want to reach out to the Indiana Pacers organization, I have a call in to owner Herb Simon. This is a tough blow,not only for USA Basketball, but also for the Indiana Pacers.

We're going to let a little bit of time to go by here before we address anything like rosters. It seems so unimportant in the scheme of things when you have something like this take place.

I haven't had time to think about anything, quite honestly, except Paul. So, ramifications and all of that stuff, that's for another time."


"Everything's on hold right now and it should be. It would be so inappropriate for us to talk about anything else when there is a serious injury like this.

There's a brotherhood in the NBA and to me, in moments like this, family or brotherhood shows its heart, shows its depth."

Pacers president Larry Bird also issued a statement shortly after the injury occurred, essentially acknowledging the injury and then deferring further comment until more details are known.

"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."