The Oklahoma City Thunder begin life without their star Kevin Durant for likely the next couple of months, and on Monday we heard from the Thunder head coach and another OKC star about what Durant's injury means to the team.
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks says the team will move forward and continually work each day to be the best team they can be, and hopefully be a better team by the time Durant returns from the fractured right foot which will keep him out an expected 6-to-8 weeks.
Point guard Russell Westbrook now moves to center stage as the leader of the Thunder, but he says the focus should not be on him, but as the team as a whole, and he's concerned only with making the team the best it can be while Durant is out.
Also Monday, USA Today reported Durant is still considering his options and hasn't decided if he will have a surgical procedure to repair the fracture.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Sunday the injury is typically treated with a surgical procedure that keeps athletes out 6-to-8 weeks.
Several doctors have said that part of the foot does not get a lot of blood flow, and surgery expedites the healing process.
Dr. Mark Adickes, an orthopedic surgeon and former NFL offensive lineman, has cited medical study that says 95 percent of people have a full recovery with surgery on the fracture, while only 76 percent return to full health without surgery.