For the last few days, fans have been cautiously optimistic that the injury Holmgren incurred last weekend during a pro-am game was just minor.
Oklahoma City Thunder 7-footer Chet Holmgren will miss the 2022-2023 season with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot. Holmgren, the No. 2 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, suffered the injury in a Pro-Am game in Seattle on Saturday.
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It has been announced that Holmgren, the seven-foot number two pick in the latest draft, will miss the entire 2022-23 season due to a Lisfranc injury to his right foot.
This is the worst-case scenario for Holmgren and the rest of the team.
What does it mean for the immediate future of the Thunder?
Few rookies have been as exciting as Holmgren.
During his college career and his Summer League debut, Holmgren proved that he was a great pick for the second selection in the draft.
Many Thunder fans see him as the future of the franchise, along with guys like Josh Giddey.
Sadly, they will need to wait an entire year to see him perform in a regular-season NBA game.
This essentially means that the Thunder will be stuck in a holding pattern, playing with the same team they were last year.
The Thunder’s chances of having a Cinderella season have been immediately dashed by this diagnosis.
You can bet that other NBA teams are going to prohibit their players from participating in pro-am games after Holmgren’s mishap.
Pro-am games are a lot of fun and they give athletes a chance to shine up close and personal for the fans but they aren’t worth such injuries.
Holmgren’s incident and the consequences of it aren’t new, we have seen this before.
But it still hurts and is hard to stomach.
Holmgren will probably still be a terrific NBA player but it’ll be a while before we will be able to see him shine.