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LAS VEGAS – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard spoke to CSNNW.com for the first time since witnessing Paul George succumbing to a brutal right leg fracture that shook the basketball world Friday night.
He says the scene was unlike anything he’s ever seen before.
“Any time you have a superstar in this league go down like that, it’s something you don’t ever want to see again,” Lillard said to CSNNW.com via phone Saturday night. “It was tough to see, very emotional. Unreal, but out of respect for P.G. and his family, I think we just need to stay away from that topic. We don’t want them reliving that terrible incident.”
The incident has escalated the discussion to the point where some league executives and agents are seriously questioning if their players should continue competing in international play.
Despite George’s gruesome leg fracture that will likely keep him out the entire 2014-15 season, Lillard says he has given thought of removing himself from consideration for Team USA’s 12-man roster headed to the World Cup in Spain at the end of the month.
“Nah, It’s a part of the game unfortunately,” he said. “It’s a risk any time you step out on the basketball court. I haven’t thought about stepping away [from Team USA]. I’ll stay in.”
Lillard flew back home to Portland this morning with a heavy heart. He says George’s condition has been on his mind constantly. Some players went to the hospital to see George while others opted to give him and his family some space.
“I wanted to give them their time so I sent him some texts messages to let him know that I’m praying for him and to stay strong,” Lillard revealed. “I told him don’t be afraid to let others hold you up in a time like this. I just pray that he has a speedy recovery.”
So does the rest of the basketball community. Get well, Paul.