The one name that constantly came to mind of many fans and players in the wake of Gordon Hayward's horrific leg injury was Paul George. The Thunder forward suffered a similar gruesome broken leg injury after colliding with the basket stanchion during a Team USA scrimmage in the summer of 2014. George missed 76 games of the 2014-15 season while experiencing a grueling recovery process from two compound fractures in his lower right leg.
George spoke to reporters in Oklahoma City on Wednesday about witnessing Hayward's injury and reaching out to the All-Star forward on Tuesday evening for support.
"It just brought me back to Vegas and what happened to me, my incident," George said. "Immediately I felt devastated. I was, like, nauseous watching it, just going back to that place. Immediately after it happened, I texted Gordon. We talked last night. I tried to give him words of encouragement and just be there for him."
George was also asked about the challenge that Hayward has waiting for him during the recovery process and whether the mental or physical aspect of that recovery is the toughest part.