'Devastated' Paul George spoke with Gordon Hayward after getting 'nauseous' seeing his gruesome broken ankle
If anyone can relate to Gordon Hayward right now it's Paul George.
The all-pro small forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a gruesome injury himself back in 2014. That summer, George sustained a compound fracture of both bones in his lower right leg in service to the USA Basketball Men’s National Team during the fourth quarter of an intra-squad scrimmage in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"It just brought me back to Vegas and when it happened to me, in my incident," George told reporters Wednesday. "I immediately felt devastated. I was nauseous watching it just going back to that place. Immediately after it happened I texted Gordon. We talked last night. I just tried to give him some words of encouragement. Just tried to be there for him."
George credits his own mental toughness as much as his physical rehab in his return to the court and believes Hayward will have to do the same.
"It's both," George said of the mental/physical balance. "Gordon has never dealt with something as bad as that, especially game one of the season. It's just unfortunate. It's a little bit of everything. It's physical. It's mental. I'm sure emotional. He's in a different state of mind. Just a bad timing for that. Honestly, it's hard to get over that. For me, it was just hard to see that.
"It will always be a part of his story."
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