When it was announced that Kevin Durant was going to go under the knife for a third time in the past year, terminology like “persistent soreness” and “signs of regression” were used to describe his injured right foot. It turns out that the foot had broken again, according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.
Ding talked to Durant in Las Vegas during the USA Basketball minicamp, and the 2014 MVP revealed why he needed to undergo a special bone-graft surgery that isn’t even FDA approved:
“It had a crack in it,” Durant told Bleacher Report.
Durant talked in some detail about the procedure:
“They stuffed some bone-graft thing in, and they pasted over the top of the area. That healed up in a couple of weeks,” Durant said. “But then they stuck something else in there just to smooth it out and make sure it was thick. They did a lot.”
“I got like an extra layer of bone on the side of my foot that they put in there,” he said. “That’s why it took longer to heal. Keep it firm. I could’ve gone another route with surgery. That was the longest, and that was the safest.”
Durant is playing it safe with his rehab, which makes sense given the fact that he broke his foot again and needed this special surgery, which is a bit troubling. However, he progressed enough that he was able to take the practice court in Vegas this week, and he should be ready to go in advance of what will be a huge season for him and the Oklahoma City Thunder.