Paul George Injury: Will The Injury To Pacers Star Affect Others Playing For USA?
How Paul George's Injury Affects The NBA
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Indiana Pacers star player, Paul George, broke his leg Friday night in a USA scrimmage in preparation for the FIBA tournament, and he’s likely to miss the entire 2014 NBA season. This is an unfortunate situation for not only George, but also the Pacers who just watched their best player go down, somebody who is scheduled to make close to $16 million this season.
The news now is that NBA teams are going to start trying to resist their star players from competing for their country. Yup, because it only takes one freak injury for teams to start pointing fingers and freaking out.
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I call nonsense.
Yes, this is an absolute terrible situation for all parties involved and it could happen again if FIBA doesn’t move those stanchions back further. I’d also be a little worrisome about one of my players participating in games that didn’t bring me any closer to winning an NBA championship, especially if I’m shelling out millions beyond millions. However, a player can get hurt doing just about anything.
If NBA teams stop guys from playing in the Olympics or FIBA, then they would have to stop them from playing pickup games or playing at charity events. There are countless players who play highly competitive pickup games across the country. Whether it’s just to stay in shape, scratch that basketball itch or just for fun, basketball players are constantly playing the game throughout the year.
Guess what? The odds of one of those guys getting hurt in those meaningless games are the same as them injuring themselves playing for their country.
George’s injury was a freak accident that we see very rarely, and it probably wouldn’t have happened if the basket wasn’t so close to the court.
Sure, it’s scary watching your star players participate in games outside of an NBA court, but if they’re not doing this, they’ll be playing the game somewhere else. Look at Kevin Durant playing street basketball and LeBron James showing off in meaningless games against his friends.
Everybody just needs to relax and realize this was a rare circumstance.
Good luck telling NBA players they can’t have fun during the offseason. Better yet, good luck telling them they can’t put on a USA jersey.