The biggest fear for NBA and Gonzaga basketball fans may have just come true on Wednesday, with a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic indicating Chet Holmgren may have torn ligaments in his foot stemming from an injury suffered at Jamal Crawford’s Crawsover Pro-Am event on Saturday in Seattle.
Holmgren was back on defense attempting to stop a fast break from NBA legend LeBron James when the injury occurred. Holmgren tied James up at the rim, but limped gingerly off the court after that and did not return.
The game was ultimately called in the second quarter, as slippery floor conditions necessitated an exit for some of the NBA’s biggest stars.
As Charania reports, a timetable is still being determined for Holmgren, who was selected No. 2 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2023 NBA draft, after an excellent season in Spokane with the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Injuries of this nature vary wildly in recovery time, with the location and size of the ligament tear playing a key factor. A return in less than two months is possible, which could but Holmgren on a timeline to miss very few, if any, NBA games. Of course, a longer timeline extending well into the season is a possibility as well.
This story is continuing to develop.
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