SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) – Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant could miss up to two months with a broken foot, his team said Sunday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder star was diagnosed with a Jones fracture after telling the team Saturday he was experiencing discomfort in his right foot.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement that recent NBA cases have shown players returning from the injury in 6-8 weeks, but was unable to give a specific timeline for Durant because they were still evaluating what the next steps for him will be.
Durant, 26, scored 23 points while playing a total of around 30 minutes in two preseason games this week.
He was named MVP for the first time in May after averaging a career-best 32 points per game, joining Wilt Chamberlain, George Gervin and Michael Jordan as the only players to win four scoring titles in five years.
Durant left the U.S. national team in August before the FIBA World Cup, citing physical and mental exhaustion from the season.
His decision came less than a week after Indiana Pacers star Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury in a team scrimmage in Las Vegas, raising questions about the risks of NBA stars playing in international competitions.
Durant has appeared in 542 regular-season games in his seven-year NBA career, averaging 27.4 points and 6.9 rebounds. He has played in 73 postseason games with averages of 28.9 points and 8.2 rebounds.