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Non-regulation basket stanchion may have caused Paul George's injury

The stanchion that Paul George collided with was closer to the court than it typically is during regulation NBA play.

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Paul George suffered a serious leg injury during the USA Basketball Showcase, colliding with the stanchion that supports and holds up the rim and backboard. When George landed his leg was wedged into the corner of the stanchion, which appeared to be closer to the court than it is in NBA regulation, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Here's Windhorst's full statement he gave regarding the positioning of the stanchion during ESPN's Sportscenter immediately following the injury:

"This is the stanchion where Paul George got his foot stuck. This is closer than the normal NBA regulation should be. I have to admit: I don't know what the actual definitions are, but I know from just eyeballing it that it may be a foot or two closer to the baseline than you'd normally have at an NBA arena. We'll obviously hear from Paul down the line, but [he didn't think] he'd have to worry about landing on the basket stanchion because he wouldn't have had to worry about it. He's landed many, many times without worrying about it. That's one of the issues with this arena. It's why the NBA won't have a team back here and it's why they haven't' brought the All-Star game back here. Even if they wanted to take the stanchion back even further, the stanchion as is is almost in the tunnel."

Here's a look at the stanchion where George suffered the injury, via Windhorst:

And here's a comparison between the stanchions at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, and the stanchion at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers:

Jared Dudley also took notice of the stanchion's location on the court, tweeting the basket was closer than usual:

While other current and former players are making a call for the stanchion to be pushed further away from baseline:

Many are asserting that the stanchion was closer than regulation, though no official statement has been made regarding the dimensions of the basketball court at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Update: From ESPN's Ramona Shelburne:


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