Tuesday, October 9, 2018

NBA Players React to Rising Star Dejounte Murray's Devastating ACL Injury

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 10:51 AM

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The 2018-2019 season is all but over for Dejounte Murray.

In a Sunday matchup against the Houston Rockets, the 22-year-old point guard drove past James Harden to make a shot. Murray's knee gave out, and he spent the next minute writhing in pain underneath the basket before getting himself up and walking off the court.

The San Antonio team confirmed Monday that the starting point guard's MRI showed that he has a torn ACL in his right knee. As of now, the Spurs haven't said when Murray will have surgery nor when he will return to the court.

Typically, ACL reconstruction and rehabilitation takes about a year, according to NBA.com.

Following the news, Murray's current and former teammates and other stars in the league, including his mentor LeBron James, have spoken out about his devastating injury.
Many speculated what the injury means for the Spurs. Fans were excited to see Murray build a new era for the team alongside powerhouses LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan. Coach Gregg Popovich was supportive of Murray, but focused on the big picture with a positive note.

"Devastating injury for him, for the team," he said. "But life goes on. Everybody will pick up and do the best job we can to carry forward without him."

The Spurs essentially have two possible routes for carrying forward: recruiting help from outside of the organization, or having a current Spur step up to the plate. With rookie Lonnie Walker IV out with a torn meniscus (his recovery is much shorter at 6-8 weeks) and many saying Patty Mills is better suited in a bench role, the general consensus in the sports analyzer world is that 24-year-old Derrick White will come into the starting position. White was drafted by the Spurs in 2017.
"We were already confident in Derrick," Popovich said. "He's done a good job for us and he was improving quickly, just like Dejounte had. Whether Dejounte was healthy or not, Derrick was going to play."

As for Murray, he took to social media to share a message with his fans.

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