Kevin Durant, one of the NBA’s biggest stars and the reigning MVP, will likely not step foot on the parquet until sometime in December. The cause is a “Jones fracture,” a broken bone at the base of his small toe.
Durant complained about a pain in his foot after playing in two preseason games. Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti said that there’s a great chance the superstar will need surgery. Similar injuries have caused players to miss six to eight weeks of play.
“We’re really fortunate to be catching it when we’re catching it,” Presti said. “Very fortunate that Kevin notified us yesterday, and we’re catching it kind of on the front end, before this became a little bit more of an acute issue.”
Considering that this will be Durant’s first extended absence–he’s never missed more than eight games in a season and has missed just 16 regular season games in his seven NBA seasons–the Thunder will depend on their other star, Russell Westbrook, to carry the team for about 15 games.
The Thunder play against Portland in their season opener on October 29. Best case scenario, Durrant returns in time to play LeBron James and the Cavaliers on December 11.