DeMar DeRozan was doing what the Toronto Raptors have come to expect from their All-Star at the Team USA Blue and White scrimmage, he was leading all scorers with 16 points on 6-9 shooting from the field and had collected 4 rebounds. A much improved jump shooter since he came into the league in 2009, DeRozan quickly found the range in this game and took advantage of his opportunities.
It was important for DeRozan to make an impression in this setting. He is one of a handful of players that John Schuhmann described as one of ‘the redundacies’ on Sekou Smith’s Hang Time Blog.
In answering a question about Gordon Hayward on Thursday, Colangelo said, “We have a lot of redundancy at certain positions and body types and sizes,” and put Hayward in the same category with Chandler Parsons and DeMar DeRozan.
“This will be very competitive for a number of guys because of the redundancy,” Colangelo said. “You could go one way or another.”
However, the attention of the Blue and White scrimmage instantly moved from deciding on roster spots to concern over the Pacers All-Star Paul George as George suffered what could only be described as a gruesome right leg injury early in the fourth quarter.
The game was halted and all attention turned to concern for George.
“There’s no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said.
“Everything’s on hold right and it should be,” Krzyzewski said. “It would be so inappropriate for us to talk about anything else when there’s a serious injury like this.”
Prayers go out to my bro @Paul_George24 & his family. Sad day!
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) August 2, 2014
The best guesses being put forth after the injury suggest George could miss 9-12 months with concerns it could be worse. George later tweeted his thanks for everyone’s concern.
George had surgery on his broken leg almost immediately and Brian Windhorst tweeted that some of the worst fears had been avoided.
Paul George is currently in surgery on his right leg. Team USA & Brooklyn Nets surgeon Dr. Riley Williams is with him.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 2, 2014
Pacers got some good news: surgery on Paul George’s leg revealed no ancillary damage and that will greatly help recovery, source said — Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 2, 2014
In the post scrimmage media availability with Colangelo and Coach Krzyzewski they asked that all questions about roster decisions, future practice sessions and Team USA’s future plans be put on hold until after they knew more about George’s condition and had time to reflect.