How 5 basketball players came back after diagnosis

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

Holmgren was injured while playing at the annual CrawsOver Pro-Am in Seattle, Washington. He was seen trying to defend a lay-up attempt by LeBron James, but came limping after play and eventually left the game.

Thunder executive vice president Sam Presti expressed disappointment for Holmgren but is confident he will return better than ever. The team expects him to fully recover from his injury, which will require surgery.

Lisfranc injuries occur if the bones in the middle of the foot are broken or the ligaments in the area are torn. The ligament helps hold the midfoot in place and stabilizes the arch of the foot. It is relatively rare in basketball but occurs more frequently in football.

Recovery time from injury depends on various factors, but players often return the following season. He was seen once like a career ending injuryparticularly in football, but advances in medical treatment have allowed players to return successfully.

Rookie Wire looked back over the years and looked at how long some basketball players needed to recover from injury and how they performed afterwards.

Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat (2010)

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Date of injury: November 20, 2010

Next return game: May 9, 2011

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

He used this off-season to regain form and played in all but two games in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign. He was a regular contributor until the 2014-15 season and has been in a reserve role since then. He will play his 20th and last 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 while playing in the NBA G League during his rookie campaign. The injury did not require surgery, and Korkmaz returned to play with the Sixers on March 22 with no further issues.

He has since become a key Sixers contributor.

Caleb Martin, UNLV (2018)

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With limited history on Lisfranc’s basketball-related injury, we accelerated Caleb Martin’s recovery during his junior year at UNLV in the 2017-18 season.

Martin injured his left foot against Colorado State on February 3, 2018. He was diagnosed with a Lisfranc sprain and was initially ruled out indefinitely. However, Martin played through the injury and missed minimal time this season.

The injury played a major role to Martin going back to school for his senior year. He considered entering the NBA Draft but, knowing he couldn’t live up to expectations during practices with his injured foot, he instead used that summer to recover and get back to 100%.

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 to his left foot in pre-season ahead of the 2019-20 season. He underwent surgery soon after and 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 for 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: Pre-season 2021

Next return game: N / A

Preston underwent surgery to repair what he considered a Lisfranc injury in October 2021. He injured himself while training before the start of training camp and missed his entire rookie season to recover from 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 the opportunity to compete for playing time in training camp.

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