All-Star Paul George suffers gruesome leg injury in U.S. scrimmage
Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team’s intrasquad scrimmage Friday night.
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LAS VEGAS — Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a grisly broken leg Friday night during the USA Basketball scrimmage.
George came down hard while trying to contest a basket, and when he landed, his right leg clearly broke below the knee.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the rest of the Team USA scrimmage was canceled due to the incident.
George averaged a team-best 21.7 points this past season for the Pacers along with 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
“This is a first for us in USA Basketball, to have something like this take place,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said. “It’s a tough situation for our entire organization, the coaches, the players. Very, very emotional. There’s no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances.”
The White team led George’s Blue team 81-71.
George was considered a lock to make the final 12-man roster for the World Cup of Basketball that starts later this month in Spain.
“Thanks everybody for the love and support,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’ll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y’all!!”
The Americans planned to reduce the 20-player pool to 14 or 15 players Saturday but put off those plans after George’s injury.
The San Antonio Spurs signed Tony Parker to a multiyear contract extension, ensuring the six-time All-Star point guard will be in the fold whether Tim Duncan and Manu Ginóbili are able to continue their careers or not.
The Spurs did not disclose the deal, but Yahoo! Sports first reported it was a three-year extension worth $43.3 million that will start in 2015.
“So happy,” Parker told the San Antonio Express-News. “Spurs for life!”
Parker has spent all of his 13 NBA seasons with the Spurs, blossoming from an erratic 19-year-old from France into one of the elite point guards in the game. He has helped the Spurs win four of their five NBA titles, the last one coming in June with a dominating victory over the defending champion Miami Heat.
Parker turned 32 in May but has shown little sign of slowing down. He averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists in 29 minutes last season.
Duncan will turn 39 next season and Ginóbili just turned 38, seemingly putting their careers much closer to the end than Parker’s.
HOLLYWOOD — Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade had a hunch LeBron James was leaving.
When he and James shared a flight from Las Vegas last month, he could tell there was something different about his teammate.
All it took was noticing James’ body language.
“Yeah, I went to sleep knowing,” Wade said. “He called me the next day. But I knew then. Obviously he still had to say the final yea or nay, but I knew. I could tell.”
• The New York Knicks signed forward Cleanthony Early, their first draft pick under Phil Jackson. Early, from Wichita State, was taken 34th in the second round.
• Forward Shawne Williams, who spent part of last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, signed with the Miami Heat.