How 5 players came back after foot diagnosis

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren has been ruled out for the entire 2022-23 season with a Lisfranc injury to his right leg, the team announced.

Holmgren suffered the injury while playing in the annual CrawsOver Pro-Am in Seattle, Washington. He was seen trying to defend a LeBron James layup attempt, but limped off after the game and eventually left the game.

Thunder executive vice president Sam Presti expressed his disappointment in Holmgren, but is confident he will come back better than ever. The team expects to make a full recovery from the injury, which will require surgery.

Lisfranc injuries occur if the bones in the middle of the foot break or if the ligaments in the area are torn. The ligament helps keep the midfoot in place and stabilizes the arch of the foot. It is relatively uncommon in basketball, as it occurs more often in football.

The recovery time for the injury can vary depending on a number of factors, but players often return by the following season. It was once considered a career-ending injury, especially in football, but advances in medical treatment have allowed players to return successfully.

With that in mind, Rookie Wire went back over the years and took a look at how long some basketball players took to recover from injury and how they played afterward.

Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat (2010)

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Date of Injury: November 20, 2010

Next return game: May 9, 2011

Haslem tore his Lisfranc ligament just 13 games into the 2010-11 season and eventually had surgery to repair it. He missed much of the regular season but returned to play late in the second round of the playoffs during the Heat’s run to the NBA Finals that year.

He used that offseason to get back into shape and played in all but two games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign. He was a regular contributor until the 2014-15 season and has since moved into a backup role. He will play his 20th and final season this year.

Furkan Korkmaz, Philadelphia 76ers (2017)

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Date of Injury: December 15, 2017

Next return game: March 22, 2018

Korkmaz suffered a Lisfranc fracture playing in the NBA G League during his rookie campaign. The injury did not require surgery and Korkmaz was able to return to play later in the season against the Sixers on March 22 with no further issues.

He has developed into a key contributor for the Sixers since then.

Caleb Martin, UNLV (2018)

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With limited history in Lisfranc injury associated with basketball players, we recap Caleb Martin’s recovery during his junior year at UNLV in the 2017-18 season.

Martin injured his left leg against Colorado State on February 3, 2018. He was diagnosed with a Lisfranc sprain and was initially ruled out indefinitely. However, Martin was able to play through the injury and would miss minimal time that season.

The injury played a major role in Martin returning to school for his senior year. He was considering entering the NBA draft, but, knowing he couldn’t respond to practice with his injured leg, he used that summer to recover and get back to 100 percent.

Martin went undrafted the following year and spent two seasons with the Charlotte Hornets before signing with the Miami Heat last year. He signed a three-year, $20 million contract last month.

Gerald Green, Houston Rockets (2019)

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Date of Injury: October 14, 2019

Next return game: N/A

Green suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot in the preseason ahead of the 2019-20 season. Shortly thereafter he underwent surgery and then missed the rest of the season. The Rockets eventually traded him to the Denver Nuggets and he was later waived.

He announced his retirement in October 2021 and joined the Rockets as a player development coach. However, he came out of retirement in January to play with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA G League. He averaged 16.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 21 games at age 36.

Jason Preston, Los Angeles Clippers (2021)

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Date of Injury: Preseason 2021

Next return game: N/A

Preston underwent surgery to repair what was determined to be a Lisfranc injury in October 2021. He suffered the injury during a practice prior to the start of training camp and ultimately missed his entire rookie season recovering from the surgery.

He returned to the Clippers last month to play in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and one steal in three games. He is healthy again and will have a chance to compete for training camp time.

This story originally appeared on Rookie Wire

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