Once the gravity of the injury suffered by Paul George at Friday night’s USA Basketball Showcase had set in, all that was left was to wait for the doctors to go in and assess the damage.
George suffered what can only be described as a catastrophic right leg fracture early in the fourth quarter of the exhibition contest, when he was flying in to contest on a fast break and landed awkwardly with his leg getting caught on the basket stanchion. He was carted off on a stretcher, and the game was stopped at that moment due to the severity of the situation.
USA Basketball released a brief statement stating that George had suffered a “right leg, open tibia-fibula fracture,” and underwent successful surgery that would require him to remain hospitalized for three more days.
If there’s any good news to report, it’s that doctors didn’t find any ancillary damage during the surgery — but George is expected to miss the entire NBA season.
From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:
Pacers guard Paul George had a “good surgery. No ancillary damage” but likely out for next season, a source told Yahoo Sports.
From Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star:
Paul George is indeed out of surgery & anyone who loves bkb should rest a little easy: I’m told everything went well. No new damage found.
From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com:
Paul George is out of surgery. Word is it went well and there’s hope he could return before end of next year, but probably miss season
That’s the best that could have been expected under the circumstances.
Everything LeBron James does and says gets magnified and scrutinized.
So when he put out this photo on Instagram standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Tristan Thompson and the caption “get it done” it seemed a message to the Cavaliers.
LeBron clarified that on Sunday, saying this has become a distraction, and the message was for both sides to bend, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN and Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.
When Thompson didn’t sign the qualifying offer he surrendered a lot of leverage, the Cavaliers don’t have to raise their five-year, $80 million offer — but reportedly they still would, a little. Thompson and his agent Rich Paul have pushed for a max contract, but that’s not happening.
At some point, the two sides will come to an agreement. For the Cavaliers, this is a distraction, their star is unhappy with that, and ultimately if they are going to make a title run they need the energy and rebounding Thompson brings (even if it is just off the bench). For Thompson, he can’t make up a year of lost salary, he has to come in and start getting paid at some point.
The two sides will get it done. Eventually. Likely before the season tips off.
China has secured the ninth and final Olympic men’s basketball berth awarded this year.
China earned the bid to the 2016 Rio Games with a 78-67 win over the Philippines. 2016 first-round draft prospect Qi Zhou had 16 points and 14 rebounds, setting up the Olympics to be his big introduction to American fans.
Former NBA player Yi Jianlian won tournament MVP by averaging 16.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.
This will be China’s ninth straight Olympic appearance.
The Philippines, who got 17 points from Andray Blatche in the final, will still go to an Olympic Qualifying Tournament next summer with a chance to reach Rio.