Oklahoma City Thunder have had a tough week after it was revealed that superstar baller Kevin Durant will miss the start of the NBA season. But things could be about to get worse, with the NBA MVP unsure of how to approach his fracture foot treatment.
It is understood that Durant and OKC are still not decided on what course of action to take on Durant's fracture foot, according to sources who spoke to USA Today.
"Durant is still considering treatment options for the Jones fracture in his right foot and a decision about whether or not to have surgery won't likely be made on Monday, according to two people with knowledge of the situation," USA Today reported.
The suspense is getting too much for some Thunder fans as some reports have even suggested that Durant may miss the first two months of the NBA season.
An actual formal update has not been given by the Thunder on the situation yet, with USA Today Sports' sources only speaking on the condition of anonymity. Thunder's general manager Sam Presti did speak on Sunday and explained that "traditional treatment" of the injury usually would include surgery and a recovery time of six to eight weeks.
Durant's injury has been labelled as a 'Jones fracture' and it's possible that the NBA MVP can recover from the injury without surgery. However, it's unlikely that he would want to do that considering the fact that there is only a 76 per cent chance of recovering with no surgery, compared with 95 per cent if Durant goes under the knife.
Westbrook needs to step up
Sooner rather than later Durant and OKC will surely make the decision to take the surgery, but in the meantime, the Thunder have equally pressing matters regarding the hole that Durant will leave at the start of the NBA season.
Many so called experts believe that All-Star baller Russell Westbrook will have to step up to the plate and dictate the game more, but it is understood that OKC don't have a new role planned for him yet while Durant is out of action.
"It's not about me. It's about our team. I can't win games by myself. I can't do anything by myself," Westbrook told ESPN on Monday. "I kind of want to take the attention off me and put it more on the team. Everybody keeps asking what I'm going to do and how I'm going to change. I think it's more about our team and what we can do."