Caris LeVert knows from injury recovery. He had three surgeries at Michigan which derailed, then delayed his NBA dreams. But he’s always stayed positive. And Monday’s re-introduction got the Nets beat writers proved no exception. He arrived on crutches and in a walking boot, but he was all smiles about the prognosis, calling himself “blessed” that he only suffered a foot dislocation.
LeVert didn’t say much about his rehab or his timetable for return. The Nets PR staff cut off questions about a timetable, as Michael Scotto tweeted out after the meeting with press...
Caris LeVert on a timetable for his return: "I don't really know. We're not really talking about dates right now or recovery time. We're just, like I said, focused on each day, maximizing each day, get better each day. Um, but uh..."— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) November 19, 2018
Nets PR interjects. "Ok guys, thank you." pic.twitter.com/io5mTsNsfp
LeVert did say that he considers the foot dislocation a less than a “very, very, very serious injury” and thinks he will come back better than ever.
Caris LeVert: "It's not a very, very, very serious injury to the point where the way I play basketball will be different. I feel like I'll still be the same player. I'll be a better player when I come back." pic.twitter.com/4gikJhNzNj— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) November 19, 2018
The big story of the short meeting with the press was LeVert’s retelling of what happened and how he felt after going down in the second quarter of the Nets loss to the Timberwolves.
“I think the first thing I thought was like, ‘Man, that’s a bad sprain,’ “ LeVert said. “ ‘I probably won’t be able to play any more today.’ [That was] before actually looking at it, because the pain of it just felt like a regular sprain and knew I kind of fell on the side of my ankle. Obviously, when I looked at it, I was like, ‘That’s messed up.’ “
But after a visit to a local emergency room and a simple but painful procedure, he grew optimistic that he was going to be alright.
“When they carried me off and then we went in the back, they kind of had to put it back in place,” LeVert said. “That was actually really painful. That was the most painful part of it all.
“And then they took me to the hospital . . . and then they told me that they didn’t see anything major aside from the dislocation and they would let me know the next day [after] some more tests at the hospital back in New York. So I was pretty relieved. Then obviously the next day I was very relieved.”
LeVert was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Nets official hospital, and specifically by Dr. Martin O’Malley, the Nets orthopedist and the surgeon who performed his third surgery.
“I remember that night, when I got to the hospital [HSS], I didn’t get any sleep because I was just thinking the whole time, hoping it wasn’t as bad as it looked and how it felt,” he said. “But obviously I’m very blessed because it could have been a lot worse.”
- Caris LeVert feels ‘blessed’ his foot injury didn’t require surgery: ‘It could have been a lot worse’ - Anthony Rieber - Newsday
- BROOKLYN NETS’ CARIS LEVERT READY TO WORK HIS WAY BACK - Tom Dowd - Brooklyn Nets
- As Nets stay tight-lipped on Caris LeVert’s recovery timeline, he prepares to return an even better player - Michael Scotto - The Athletic New York