OKC Thunder Trivia: uncovering 50 fun, surprising and random facts

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LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 01: Paul George #29 of the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s National Team is tended to as he lies on the court after badly injuring his leg defending a play during a USA Basketball showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The rest of the exhibition was cancelled after the injury. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Paul George once destroyed his leg.

Do you remember that night back in 2014? During a USA Basketball scrimmage, one of the players landed awkwardly after trying to block a shot, and his leg was injured in the most gruesome way. Did you know that was Paul George?

Then-Pacers star, George suffered a tibia/fibula fracture. He told Sportingnews:

"“The pain was tough…As soon as the air hit my bone, where the open wound was, it just shot through my whole body. Everything just slowed down. Like, I could hear every individual in the arena talking.”"

George ended up with a rod in his leg – a permanent feature – and spent days in bed because he couldn’t stand. The healing and rehab process was extensive, but George returned to play in six games of the 2014-15 season.

Pundits wondered if the injury would limit his production or potential. The opposite was proven as each season he’s surpassed his pre-injury production. Most impressively that includes last season despite playing beside another superstar in Westbrook.

RelatedScared Money don’t make none; Thunder cash in with Paul George

PG13 loves to defy the odds and surprise people which is precisely what he did this summer when he inked a four-year term with the OKC Thunder. With two superstars locked down the Thunder’s future is bright.