Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has received an outpouring of support since suffering a gruesome leg injury in Friday's Team USA scrimmage, including from the world's most famous boxer, Floyd Mayweather.
The undefeated welterweight took to Twitter and posted a picture of him hanging out at George's bedside in Las Vegas:
"Appreciate the champ @floydmayweather visiting me in the hospital," George wrote on his Instagram page with a post of the same photo. "Gave me some great advice and kept my spirits high!! Appreciate you once again big bro! #TBE #TMT."
George, 24, suffered a compound fracture of the the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg during the fourth quarter of Team USA's blue-white scrimmage, per Candace Buckner of The Indianapolis Star. Going up in an attempt to challenge a James Harden layup, George's leg was caught on the stanchion and his momentum carried him in the opposite direction, snapping the bone through his skin.
Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski canceled the game after a lengthy delay as the training staff attended to George. The white team was leading 81-71 at the time of his injury, which took place with 9:33 remaining in the fourth quarter.
After being rushed to the hospital, George, a two-time All-Star, underwent what doctors deemed a successful surgery.
Buckner reported that a minimum recovery time is six months. That could bring him back to the Indiana lineup somewhere around the February All-Star break, but given the graphic nature of the injury and his importance to the franchise, it's highly likely that he will miss the entire 2014-15 season.
George averaged a career-high 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game last season. He was honored with his second All-NBA selection on the third team and was a first-team All-Defensive forward. He also led the Pacers to their second straight Eastern Conference Finals appearance.
Mayweather, a Las Vegas resident, is due to fight Marcos Maidana on Sept. 13.
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