Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant had surgery on his fractured right foot yesterday. Durant sent out a tweet around 7:00 pm eastern last night announcing that the surgery was a success.
“Successful surgery, thanks for all the prayers and concerns!” he wrote. “Headed back to okc. Move em.”
ESPN reports that Durant had surgery on a Jones fracture, which is a foot fracture at the base of the small toe. The surgery was performed by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who often performs operations on elite athletes. Andrews past clients include the likes of Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, and Albert Pujols.
Thunder General Manager Sam Presti says the operation is “the most common surgical procedure performed on NBA players as of late.”
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“We’re really fortunate that we’re catching it when we’re catching it,” Presti told ESPN. “We are very fortunate that Kevin notified us Saturday and that we’re kind of catching it on the front end, before this became more of an acute issue.”
The Thunder currently expect Durant to miss roughly six weeks before returning, though they admit the timeframe isn’t concrete. In the meantime, expect Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook to jack up about 60 shots per game.