The Oklahoma City Thunder announced on Thursday that Chet Holmgren, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, will miss the entire 2022–23 campaign. Holmgren’s right foot sustained a Lisfranc injury.
Chet Holmgren’s Injury
Here’s a video where Chet Holmgren probably suffered his right foot Lisfranc injury:
Holmgren once went up to defend LeBron James at the basket while competing in Jamal Crawford’s “The Crawsover Pro-Am” in Seattle last weekend. He attempted to make his way back down the court while limping and appearing to land awkwardly. Following that play, he left the game, and shortly after, the entire event was canceled due to condensation on the court.
Sam Presti: OKC THUNDER
Sam Presti, the general manager of the Thunder, issued a statement saying, “We are certainly disappointed for Chet, especially given the excitement he had about getting on the floor with his teammates this season.” We are aware that Chet has a promising future in both our company and the Oklahoma City neighborhood. His perseverance and focus were two qualities that particularly stood out to us as we were choosing Chet. As we collaborate and support him throughout his rehabilitation, we anticipate that the same tenacity will see him through this time.
It goes without saying that he and the Thunder are both disappointed by this news. During Summer League games in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, Holmgren made an impression on both ends of the court, heightening anticipation for his eventual NBA debut.
He recorded 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and six blocks in his first game in Salt Lake City. Over the course of three games in Vegas, he averaged 12 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 steals, and two blocks. Even though you can only infer so much from Summer League statistics, the Thunder were eager to select him with the second overall pick due to his ability to have such a wide range of effects on the game.
One of the few issues with Holmgren going into the draft was his physique. Many questioned whether his frail 7-foot, 195-pound frame could withstand the demands of the professional game. Some might point to this injury as evidence that they were correct, but it’s important to remember that this was just a fluke play and that anyone could land on their foot under the basket.
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