French gymnast Samir Ait Said suffered a gruesome leg injury during the Rio Olympics. It is truly a heartbreaking story, and one that a current NBA superstar can relate to.
Paul George is currently playing for the men's USA Basketball team, but many remember two years ago during an exhibition game for 2014 FIBA World Cup in which George suffered a terrible broken leg injury.
When Samir Ait Said broke his leg yesterday, a lot of NBA fans probably thought of the same thing: Paul George. George suffered a similarly horrifying injury in the run up to the FIBA World Cup in 2014. Now the Team USA and Pacers superstar is hoping to get a meeting with Said, presumably to offer some much needed words of encouragement and perspective.
Ait Said, a rings specialist, shattered his leg upon landing his vault during the team preliminaries. For his part going forward, he's trying to stay positive. "Come on France. I'm behind all my pals," he said in a video posted to his Facebook early Sunday morning.
George ended up missing most of the 2014-15 NBA season, but bounced back to becoming better than ever this past year with the Indiana Pacers.