The Oklahoma City Thunder revealed in a press release on Tuesday that former Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren underwent successful surgery on his right foot to address his Lisfranc injury.
“Oklahoma City Thunder frontcourt player Chet Holmgren underwent a successful procedure to address a Lisfranc injury in his right foot, the team announced today. The procedure was performed by Dr. David Porter at Forte Sports Medicine and Orthopedics in Carmel, IN with Thunder medical personnel present. As previously announced, Holmgren will miss the 2022-23 season.”
While this announcement doesn’t change the timeline for Holmgren to return to basketball, it is obviously an excellent sign that his surgery was successful. Now he begins the long road to recovery, which will take at least through April. The hope is he will be ready for the start of the 2023-24 NBA season, and barring significant setbacks or a very slow recovery period that should still be the case.
Holmgren suffered the injury during The Crawsover, a pro-am event at Seattle Pacific University earlier this month. He slipped while defending LeBron James and exited the contest in the first quarter. The game was ultimately ended before halftime due to slippery floor conditions caused by condensation from an overheated gym.
Gonzaga and OKC fans will have to wait about a year to see Holmgren back on the court in a live game setting, but right now thoughts are with him and his family as he undergoes the long road toward a full recovery.
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