The basketball world rallied around San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray after the news broke that he’ll miss the season with a torn ACL.
San Antonio’s starting point guard of the future suffered the season-ending injury on Sunday evening’s preseason loss against the Houston Rockets. Dejounte Murray has built an incredible rapport within the basketball community for his work ethic, dedication, passion and huge two-way potential.
For a young player’s career to be interrupted so abruptly by something so dangerous leaves a real lasting impact on the people who’ve witnessed his growth. Spurs fans aren’t the only groups left shocked and saddened by Murray’s injury. Players such as Murray’s mentor and friend LeBron James have taken to social media to share their thoughts and reactions on the injury.
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Murray was on track for a breakout season as a new era begins in the Alamo City. Joined by All Stars LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio was ready to welcome a new Big Three including the defensive menace. The dream remains in focus, but it’ll take a bit longer than expected to come to fruition.
Even Murray himself used social media to share thoughts on his injury. This doesn’t come as a surprise, considering his extensive social media presence. There’s a solid chance that Murray documents his rehabilitation on his YouTube channel or elsewhere.
The NBA community has a track record of supporting and uplifting each other in times of need and the compassion of the basketball world has been evident on social media today. Here are some of the most notable reactions to Murray’s injury.
— Dejounte Murray (@DejounteMurray) October 8, 2018
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
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
Prayers to @DejounteMurray!! Kid put in a lot of work and impressed me daily in training camp! Bright future ahead! Minor setback
— Quincy Pondexter (@QuincyPondexter) October 8, 2018
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) 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
Crazy as it sounds, you are built for this. Nothing in your life has ever come easy, but NO DOUBT will look back and this will be a minor bump in the road! Love @DejounteMurray
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) October 8, 2018
Oh no. My heart breaks for @DejounteMurray. The work ethic of this young man is second to none. Thinking of him during this tough time – a minor setback in what is a BRIGHT future for the PG in the league. https://t.co/Yit4y1Vczr
— Cayleigh Griffin (@cayleighgriffin) October 8, 2018
Ugh, I hate this.
Dejounte Murray was going to have a big season.
With today's knowledge on ACL surgery and recovery, though, he'll be all the way back to his old self by the time he returns. https://t.co/KFCPgDRUG5
— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) October 8, 2018
Pop, Rudy Gay & Patty Mills react to Dejounte Murray's ACL injury.
"Adversity in the camp for us, but hopefully this makes us stronger as a team."
— Chase Shannon (@chase_shannon) October 8, 2018
The West was already fairly unpredictable after the Golden State and Houston, but between Dejounte Murray's ACL and Andre Roberson's setback, the race is setting up to be a lot more open than it was even a week ago.
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) October 8, 2018
Murray is a warrior built to survive no matter what circumstances are thrown at him. As unfortunate as this may be, he’s going to give this battle everything he’s got to offer.
The Spurs will travel to Atlanta for a preseason matchup against the Hawks on Wednesday evening. With the current point guard rotation shrouded, this game should provide some clarity about who’ll take over as the starting point guard and how the team will react to the latest shakeup.