The former UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva knows exactly how Indiana Pacers’ forward Paul George felt Friday evening when his leg unfortunately got caught on the base of the basket and suffered a gruesome leg break during Team USA’s scrimmage game.
Anderson Silva suffered a similar injury last December at UFC 168 in his UFC middleweight title fight against Chris Weidman, which he is continuing to recover from to this date. Silva’s leg broke as he threw a leg kick that was checked by the champion, and collapsed in pain–forced to be stretched out of the octagon while screaming in agony.
Paul George’s freak injury happened as he jumped in attempt to block James Harden’s lay up on a fast break, and with the base of the basket—at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas—closer to the baseline than usual, the landing came unexpectedly and horribly for the All-Star Pacer. His right leg landed on the base and snapped
Anderson Silva is expected to return in January of 2015, a full calender year since suffering his injury. While Paul George is expected to miss the entire 2014-2015 season after having surgery to repair his broken leg.
Anderson Silva tweeted and posted an Instagram message encouraging Paul George as he now begins his road to recovery.
I had the same injury champ, I know what you are going trough right now, but just stay calm and strong, you’ll be back soon. #PrayForGeorge