Doctors say the athlete’s late-night surgery was a “success” and no ancillary damage was found. USA Basketball announced early Saturday that George is expected to remain in the hospital for three days. Sources say the guard will likely miss all of next season.
The injury occurred as George was in transition defense. He leaped to challenge a layup by James Harden when he landed awkwardly on his right foot. The scrimmage was discontinued due to the severity of the injury, much like that of former Louisville guard Kevin Ware in March 2013.
George seemed to be in pretty good spirits following the injury. On Friday, he hopped on Twitter to thank his fans and supporters during this difficult time.
“Thanks everybody for the love and support..I’ll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y’all!! #YoungTrece,” he wrote.
Larry Bird, the Pacers president of basketball operations, also chimed in. In an official statement, he said: “It is way too early to speculate on his return as the No. 1 priority for everyone will be his recovery. Our initial discussions with our doctors and the doctors in Las Vegas have us very optimistic.”
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