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.
Saddened by the news of @DejounteMurray's injury, but I know for a fact that he's a resilient kid. He'll come back stronger. Get well soon, DJ!— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) October 8, 2018
I know this minor setback will make you even stronger that you are now little brother @DejounteMurray. Wishing you a speedy recovery and know that we are going to be next to you every step of the way. #NBAFamily #SpursFamily https://t.co/rK9EHDnHnM— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) October 8, 2018
Prayers to @DejounteMurray !!! 🙏 You will comeback stronger 💪🏼— Marco Belinelli (@marcobelinelli) October 8, 2018
dont even know what to say injuries can be so wack. love you bro sounds cliche but minor set back for the big time comeback @DejounteMurray !! i know you and dont even gotta tell you to grind for the get back you already on it. keep your head dog!!— SLOWMO (@KyleAnderson5) October 8, 2018
Prayers up for @DejounteMurray! Long career ahead of you- stay positive, stay strong and focused on your rehab. Love— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) October 8, 2018
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 ofView this post on Instagram
Man I feared that would be the case when I saw the play! F*#% man! Lil bro you’ll be back stronger, quicker, faster and more athletic when you return. Just remain patient and confident throughout this entire process! Minor setback for major comeback. You know how to reach me and where to find me if needed. Love lil bro!! 🙏🏾💪🏾👑
"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
As for Murray, he took to social media to share a message with his fans.
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I Know God Wouldn’t Put Me Through Anything I Cannot Handle. I have Been Through Worse And Had To Fight The Devil Trying To Bring Me Down My Whole Life. I Will Attack This Process Every Single Day And Use This Time To Become Even Sharper In All Aspects. I Want To Thank The @spurs Organization, My Teammates, Family, Friends And Everyone Else Who Are Sending Prayers To Me, I Really Appreciate The Love And Thankful I Won’t Have To Go Through This Alone!!!! #AnotherChapterAddedToMyStory🙏🏽
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