Devin Booker might need a little more time than normal to get going this season, which is completely understandable.
Devin Booker recently underwent hand surgery, and according to Shams Charania he will miss about six weeks of action. That’s a silver lining in this unfortunate news for Phoenix Suns fans, who should have their star guard back right around the start of the regular season.
Hopefully that’s how Booker’s recovery goes, and he’s back and raring to go by Phoenix’s first game on October 17. Either way, his recent surgery will be something that has to be kept in mind when discussing Booker’s season, especially the start of it.
The injury and subsequent surgery was to Booker’s right hand, which is his shooting hand. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the surgery happened when it did because of some unexpected swelling in that dominant hand. That’s obviously far from ideal.
Even when the sharpshooting guard is cleared to play again, Booker will likely take a while to truly be back to his former self. A slow start to the NBA season shouldn’t be any true cause for concern for Devin Booker in 2018-19.
The Suns have added some good players this summer, both for the now and the later, but it’s pretty obvious Phoenix wasn’t really going to compete anyway. There’s no reason to rush Booker back, and it’s not going to completely ruin the Suns’ season if it takes him a while to get his form back.
The most important thing in this and any injury situation is patience. As tempting as it can be to throw hot takes out about a player who just signed a huge deal, the context of this surgery means Booker should get some slack on the coming season.
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