The Oklahoma City Thunder's dream season looks to be all but over before the team was even able to take the court for the NBA Finals. Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced this morning that star forward Kevin Durant will miss the entire NBA championship series due to injuries sustained in repeated Durant Family hugs.
"It's an injury he's been dealing with for a while because of all the hugging. A chronic issue," said Presti. "Bruising, cracked ribs. Over a long season, he's been hugged thousands of times. But he's been playing through it. Unfortunately, the amount of hugs he was given following our win over the Spurs aggravated everything."
Durant sustained a punctured lung when he was engulfed by the loving, yet very tight, embrace of his mother, relatives and friends. After Durant reported severe pain and lightheadedness following his postgame press conference, he was rushed to a nearby hospital where internal bleeding was discovered. Doctors believed they had the situation under control to the point where Durant would be able to play next week. But then his mother came to the hospital to comfort her son.
"She couldn't contain herself and rushed to her son to hug him," said Presti. "There went the other lung and also a kidney was ruptured."
The Thunder players insist they still have a chance to win the Finals without Durant, but the team will now be heavy underdogs against the Eastern Conference champions.
Durant's mother has been sedated until her son fully recovers.
"She was unable to stop hugging him," said Presti. "It was the only option."