With everyone expecting the worst case scenario, the reality has turned out to be the best case.
Caris LeVert did not suffer any fractures vs. the Timberwolves on Monday night, has only moderate ligament damage and should return this season, according to the team in a statement released shortly before 12:30 p.m., about 15 hours after the injury to his right foot sustained while contesting a shot by the TWolves’ Josh Okogie. The two got tangled up as they tumbled to the court and, as Brian Lewis described it, his right leg appeared to “bend and snap.” But it didn’t.
Here’s the Nets medical update from Dr. Martin O’Malley, the Nets foot and ankle specialist and the surgeon on LeVert’s last foot surgery in March 2016.
Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert returned to New York with the team last night and was evaluated today by Nets’ Team Orthopedist Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Following the evaluation, LeVert was diagnosed with a subtalar dislocation of the right foot.
“Fortunately, tests performed this morning revealed that there are no fractures and only moderate ligament damage,” said Dr. O’Malley. “While the optics of this injury may have appeared to be more severe, surgery will not be required. Caris will begin a period of rehabilitation with the Nets’ performance staff, following which he is expected to return to full strength and resume all basketball activities without any limitations this season.”
Updates regarding LeVert’s rehabilitation will be issued as appropriate.
After he was hurt, LeVert was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. He returned to New York with the team and was evaluated by Dr. O’Malley Tuesday morning.
Bottom line, it looked worse that it was...
There's real confidence within the Nets that LeVert will be able to return this season. https://t.co/Sjmi68KhPP— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 13, 2018
Those who witnessed the injury either in Minneapolis or at home or online were shocked, in a positive sense, by the medical update.
After seeing what I saw last night when the lower right leg of @CarisLeVert bent like a pretzel, I am absolutely flabbergasted—but in a good way— to hear that no surgery is required and he will return this season. Unbelievably good news for @BrooklynNets.— Greg Logan (@GregLogan1) November 13, 2018
This is as good as we could have hoped for regarding Caris LeVert’s injury. Great news for an exceptional young man. https://t.co/YkuwXVmtQ2— Chris Carrino (@ChrisCarrino) November 13, 2018
Nets announce that news on @CarisLeVert isn’t as grim as it looked last night. He will NOT require surgery. He has a subtalar dislocation of the right foot. Dr. Martin O’Malley says there are no fractures and only moderate ligament damage. LeVert will start rehab immediately.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) November 13, 2018
That Caris LeVert doesn't need surgery and didn't sustain a fracture is incredible. That they expect him to return this season is borderline unbelievable. What a great turn of events from what looked like a gruesome injury.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) November 13, 2018
The update did not indicate when LeVert might return this season, but in discussions with local media, a number of orthopedists predicted LeVert could return to two to three months.
Late Tuesday, LeVert posted his first comments on Instagram.
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I just want to thank God above all things because despite how bad the injury looked, it could’ve been a lot worse. I want to thank everyone for your prayers, messages, love and support for both my family and me. We appreciate you all! This is just a small setback but I promise y’all I’ll be back better than before! Can’t wait to get back out there with my brothers!!! @brooklynnets
LeVert referred to his injury as a “small setback.”
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