How 5 players returned after foot diagnosis

How 5 players returned after foot diagnosis

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren has been ruled out for the entire 2022-23 season due to a Lisfranc injury to his right foot, the team announced.

Holmgren suffered the injury playing at the annual CrawsOver Pro-Am in Seattle, Washington. He was seen trying to defend a layup attempt by LeBron James, but limped away after the play and ended up leaving the game.

Thunder executive vice president Sam Presti has expressed his disappointment for Holmgren but is confident he will come back better than ever. The team expects him to make a full recovery from the injury, which will require surgery.

Lisfranc injuries occur if the bones in the middle of the foot are broken or if the ligaments in the area are torn. The ligament helps hold the midfoot in place and stabilizes the arch of the foot. It is relatively uncommon in basketball, appearing more often in football.

Injury recovery time can vary depending on a number of factors, but players usually return next season. It was once seen as a career-ending injury, especially in football, but advances in medical treatment have allowed players to successfully return.

With that in mind, Rookie Wire went back over the years and took a look at how long some basketball players needed to recover from injury and how they played afterwards.

Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat (2010)

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Date of injury: November 20, 2010

Next game back: May 9, 2011

Haslem tore Lisfranc’s ligament in just 13 games in the 2010-11 season and eventually underwent surgery to repair it. He missed much of the regular season, but returned to play at the end of the second round of the playoffs during the Heat’s run to the NBA Finals that year.

He used that offseason to get back in shape and played in all but two games during the 2011-12 campaign, shortened by the lockdown. He was a regular contributor until the 2014-15 season and has taken on a backup role since then. He will play his 20th and final season this year.

Furkan Korkmaz, Philadelphia 76ers (2017)

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Date of injury: December 15, 2017

Next game back: March 22, 2018

Korkmaz suffered a fracture from Lisfranc playing in the NBA G League during his rookie campaign. The injury did not require surgery and Korkmaz was able to return to season-ending play with the Sixers on March 22 with no further issues.

He has become one of the Sixers’ main contributors since then.

Caleb Martin, UNLV (2018)

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With a limited history on Lisfranc’s basketball-related injury, we recovered Caleb Martin during his freshman year at UNLV in the 2017-18 season.

Martin injured his left foot against Colorado State on February 3, 2018. He was diagnosed with a Lisfranc sprain and was initially ruled out indefinitely. However, Martin managed to play through the injury and would miss minimal time that season.

The injury played a major factor in Martin’s return to school for his senior year. He was thinking about getting into the NBA draft, but knowing he couldn’t live up to training expectations with an injured foot, he used that summer to recover and get back to 100%.

Martin was undrafted the following year and spent two seasons with the Charlotte Hornets before signing with the Miami Heat last year. He signed a three-year, $20 million deal last month.

Gerald Green, Houston Rockets (2019)

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Date of injury: October 14, 2019

Next game back: N/A

Green suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot in pre-season ahead of the 2019-20 season. He underwent surgery soon after and missed the rest of the season. The Rockets eventually traded him to the Denver Nuggets and he was later released.

He announced his retirement in October 2021 and joined the Rockets as a player development coach. However, he came out of retirement in January to play with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA G League. He averaged 16.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 21 games at age 36.

Jason Preston, Los Angeles Clippers (2021)

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Date of injury: 2021 pre-season

Next game back: N/A

Preston underwent surgery to repair what he deemed an injury to Lisfranc in October 2021. He suffered the injury during practice before training began and ended up missing the entire rookie season recovering from the surgery.

He returned with the Clippers last month to play in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and a steal in three games. He is healthy again and will have the opportunity to compete for playing time at the training ground.

Story originally appeared on Rookie Wire

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