If there is anybody in the NBA who can relate to what Gordon Hayward is going through this week, it’s Paul George.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star suffered a gruesome leg injury of his own during a Team USA scrimmage back in 2014, missing six months before finally returning at the tail end of the 2014-15 NBA season.

George was watching the season-opener between the Cavs and Celtics on Tuesday, and he was clearly moved by Hayward’s injury.

On Wednesday George spoke to members of the media ahead of the Thunder’s season opener against the Knicks. When asked for his thoughts on Hayward’s injury, George said it made him sick to his stomach.

“It just brought me back to Vegas, and what happened to me, my incident,” George said. “Immediately I felt devastated. I was nauseous watching it, just going back to that place. Immediately after it happened, I texted Gordon. We talked last night. I just tried to give him words of encouragement. I just tried to be there for him.”

The good news for Hayward is that George was able to make a full recovery and become the elite player he was prior to his gruesome injury. He averaged a career-best 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Pacers last season.

Hat Tip – [theScore]

Via totalprosports.com