According to the Canadian Press on Saturday, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers broke his leg on Friday evening and there is a possibility he could miss the entire 2014-15 NBA season. However it is the event that George broke his leg in that could be a huge concern for people who are hoping that top professional athletes will continue to participate at future Olympic Games.
George broke his leg in an American intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas as the United States men's basketball team was preparing for the 2014 Basketball World Cup in Spain from August 30-September 14. George's leg hit the bottom of the pole of the basketball net as he was defending a layup by James Harden of the Houston Rockets. The timing of George's injury actually could not be worse for those who would like to see future basketball stars represent their country in future international events.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, George's injury may be a huge reason why NBA owners might be reluctant to allow their superstars to participate in global events. There is a possibility that the players may be a little more reluctant too because of the high personal risks involved. It also cannot be ignored that the George injury may have huge implications for the Indiana Pacers who are now no longer an elite team in the NBA's Eastern Conference this season without the services of their superstar.
However the George injury may have implications when it comes to other sports, especially hockey. The International Ice Hockey Federation, who is making every effort possible to keep NHL stars in future Olympic Winter Games, starting at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, may be very concerned with Friday's unfortunate circumstance.
The National Hockey League, who has shown hesitancy in recent years of sending their very best to future Olympic Winter Games, will probably take note of the George injury, and tell representatives from the International Olympic Committee, National Hockey League Players' Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation that the freak injury that happened to George may happen to their stars too. Quite simply, the George injury may have huge future consequences.