Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks…
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant underwent successful surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, the team announced on Thursday.
The 26-year-old will be re-evaluated in six weeks after suffering the fracture at the base of the small toe, and he took to Twitter to let his fans know that the surgery went well.
“Successful surgery, thanks for all the prayers and concerns! Headed back to OKC. Move em,” Durant wrote as well as posting an image on Instagram showing him donning a cast.
Initially, the Thunder had considered the possibility of Durant avoiding surgery and undergoing different treatment for a recovery. However, it was later determined that surgery was the best option which included reconnecting the bones with a screw.
Fortunately for both the franchise and Durant, the injury was caught early after the reigning league MVP notified the medical staff of an aching pain in his foot during pre-season training.
As a result, he will likely only be sidelined for between six to eight weeks which will result in missing the first month of the new NBA season which starts on October 28.
Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 81 games last season while he also led the league in minutes played with 3,122.
Point guard Russell Westbrook has already responded to claims from the media and fans that he will have to step up and make up for the loss of Durant, but he insisted that the responsibility falls on the entire team.
Westbrook conceded that he “can’t win games by myself”, and so he will be looking for significant contributions around him in order to cope with the loss of Durant through the first month of the regular season.