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Mike Krzyzewski says 'everything's on hold' after Paul George's injury

The USA coach and director Jerry Colangelo addressed the media following George's frightening leg injury.

Ethan Miller

The USA Basketball Showcase ended with Paul George's grisly leg injury. Afterward, a visibly shaken coach Mike Krzyzewski and director Jerry Colangelo took questions from the media while players understandably skipped media availability. Both men deflected any questions about USA Basketball's future, remaining firm that it wasn't yet the time to worry about the roster while the trauma of George's injury was still fresh.


"It's a tough situation for our entire organization -- our coaches, our players. Very, very emotional. There's no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances.

We just need to take a step back before we do anything at all. Our first concern -- our primary concern -- is Paul George.

We're going to let a little bit of time to go by here before we address anything like rosters. It seems so unimportant in the scheme of things when you have something like this take place.

I haven't had time to think about anything, quite honestly, except Paul. So, ramifications and all of that stuff, that's for another time."


"Everything's on hold right now and it should be. It would be so inappropriate for us to talk about anything else when there is a serious injury like this.

There's a brotherhood in the NBA and to me, in moments like this, family or brotherhood shows its heart, shows its depth."

Krzyzewski and Colangelo repeatedly turned down questions about the game and the roster, insisting that any conclusions about George's injury would be speculation this early on. Only after George's status is clear and the team has had time to settle following such a jarring scene will the organization move forward with preparation for the FIBA World Cup in Spain.


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