The nightmare season for Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant continues, as the team announced that the reigning MVP will miss the rest of the season due to a setback in his twice surgically repaired right foot. The even worse news is that Durant needs another surgery on that foot, and he’ll be sidelined four-to-six months.
Here’s the full statement from the Thunder:
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) March 27, 2015
Durant initially underwent surgery prior to the season to repair a Jones fracture in his foot. He missed a little over a month of the regular season before coming back, but he was in and out of the lineup after returning.
Durant underwent another procedure on that foot just over a month ago in an attempt to alleviate some soreness. Not long ago, he returned to practice, but there was still soreness in the foot, and the Thunder finally made the decision to just shut him down. And now, after further evaluation, he’s officially done for the year because of the setback from the initial surgery.
Not only does this torpedo the Thunder’s already slim title chances this year, but this is something that could be an issue the rest of his career. While Oklahoma City is confident in a full recovery, a foot injury like this is tricky, and we can only hope he’s not negatively affected too much moving forward after this bone graft procedure. There are also sure to be questions about his impending free agency in 2016, but the most important thing for him now is to get 100 percent healthy.
As for the Thunder team on the court, nothing much will change for the time being. Durant has been out awhile and Serge Ibaka is on the shelf for most of the rest of the regular season, so Russell Westbrook will continue to shoulder the load while he makes his MVP push. Oklahoma City has a three-game lead for the No. 8 seed, but even if the Thunder get in, they’ll likely be little match for the top-seeded Golden State Warriors.