San Antonio Spurs announced that their rookie guard Lonnie Walker was diagnosed with a right medial meniscus tear and will have to undergo a surgery in the coming days. Walker, who was taken 18th overall in 2018 NBA Draft, suffered the injury in the 117-93 win over Detroit Pistons on Friday.
Although the Spurs declined to give a timeline on Walker’s return, according to ESPN‘s sources, the 19-year-old will be out for six to eight weeks.
Lonnie Walker spent five minutes on the court against the Pistons, contributing with six points and one assist. He also had one turnover.
Walker’s injury, unfortunately, wasn’t the end of Spurs’ troubles. In Sunday’s game against Houston Rockets, their starting point guard Dejounte Murray was also injured and might be facing with a longer recovery period. The full extent of Murray’s injury will be revealed after an MRI on Monday.
“He’s our starting PG, and he’s worked hard over the summer to get better, and I think it was showing,” – said Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge after the game. “You just feel for him because he’s worked so hard to be ready for this season.”
If Dejounte Murray’s injury turns out to be more serious one, that will be a big blow for San Antonio Spurs who hoped that the 22-year-old could make a step forward this season and continue his development. Murray took over as Spurs’ starting point guard halfway through the 2017-18 season in which he averaged 8.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.