The Oklahoma City Thunder remain snake-bit. Just days after finding out they will be without Serge Ibaka for the remainder of the regular season, OKC got hit with more bad news. Reigning MVP Kevin Durant is now out indefinitely and removed from all basketball activities with a nagging foot injury.
Durant underwent surgery in late February to alleviate discomfort in the same foot that he had a Jones fracture in. Apparently the surgery hasn’t worked and now Russell Westbrook might be left to finish the season without his partner in crime. The Thunder currently hold a one game lead over Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans for the final playoff seed in the Western Conference.
BREAKING: Thunder remove Kevin Durant from all basketball activities. There is no timetable for his return. pic.twitter.com/IPrZzYuxZu
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 20, 2015
Kevin Durant had missed a total of 16 career games prior to this season. He’s missed 42 this season. — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 20, 2015
If I were running OKC I would
have never ever ever ever ever traded James Harden hold KD out for the season as painful as that may be. Foot injuries can destroy promising careers in a heartbeat just ask Yao Ming. Durant has one more season remaining on his deal and will be hitting the open market in 2016, so I can see the Thunder’s persistence to get the most of KD while they have him, but sitting him out the remainder of the season does just that.
Whatever happens this year will rely on Westbrook and the supporting cast. A healthy Ibaka and Durant is what OKC brass should be worried about. If KD does intend on leaving in 2016 then why not go for broke next season instead of trying this season and putting a whole career on the line?
UPDATE: 3/27/15 3:17 PM, KEVIN DURANT OUT FOR SEASON
Thunder GM Sam Presti and Kevin Durant let logic prevail. Durant will miss the remainder of the season and undergo bone graft surgery to heal that ailing right foot. The news comes just a week after the team removed the reigning MVP from basketball activities.
The fate of OKC now lies squarely on the shoulders of Durant’s longtime running mate Russell Westbrook. Hopefully this procedure cures the foot that refuses to be healed and the Thunder can go all out next season perhaps one final ride to the title with a healthy KD, Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.