Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George is on the road to recovery after having a successful operation at the Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.
The NBA star sent a thank you to all well-wishers late Friday night, after he went in to the hospital for an open tibia-fibula fracture.
“Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I’ll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y’all!! #YoungTrece,” George tweeted.
The athlete’s tweet is the latest development to occur since he suffered the open tibia-fibula fracture during a Team USA showcase at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center on Friday night. George’s open tibia-fibula fracture was the result when he landed on the basket stanchion after he blocked a layup in the fourth quarter.
According to reports, George’s healing and rehabilitation is expected to take up to 18 months.
“It is way too early to speculate on his return, as the No. 1 priority for everyone will be his recovery,” Pacers team president Larry Bird said in a statement. “Our initial discussions with our doctors and the doctors in Las Vegas have us very optimistic. We are hopeful at some point next week Paul will return to Indianapolis to continue his recovery.”
“Any discussion regarding the future of our team would be inappropriate at this time,” Bird continued. “Our focus is solely on Paul and doing whatever we can to help. We still support USA Basketball and believe in the NBA’s goals of exposing our game, our teams and players worldwide … This is an extremely unfortunate injury that occurred on a highly-visible stage, but could also have occurred anytime, anywhere.”
News of George’s injury immediately triggered reaction on social media as NBA players and sports fans posted their reactions.
Dwayne Wade took to Instagram with his thoughts as the Miami Heat player simply wrote “#Pray4PG,” to go along with image he posted of him and George on the court.
George averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season, despite the Pacers losing to the Heat in the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The L.A. Lakers’ Nick Young followed suit on Twitter, writing “Praying for my dude @paul_george24 I hate seeing stuff like that man.”
The following is footage of Paul George’s fracturing his leg Friday night. Warning the video is graphic.