Detroit Pistons rookie Killian Hayes has a labral tear in his hip, according to Shams Sharania of The Athletic. The injury was sustained as Hayes attempted to run down the floor in transition and took an awkward stride reaching for the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
There is no official timetable for his recovery or word from the team at this point. There is no sugar coating that this is a bad injury and puts some key phases of Hayes’ development for this season and the offseason in jeopardy. He’s almost certainly not going to play again this year and a potential six-month recovery window puts next Summer League in question as well.
Detroit Pistons rookie Killian Hayes has suffered a labral tear in his hip, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Hayes, the No. 7 pick in the NBA Draft, sustained the injury on a drive to the basket in Milwaukee on Monday.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 6, 2021
For a player who was drafted as one of the youngest in his class just over one month ago who didn’t have a traditional Summer League, offseason or training camp that is obviously less than ideal.
That youth, though, will hopefully serve him well. A lot of people on Twitter are bringing up the most recent high-profile hip labral tear in Isaiah Thomas. His injury greatly impacted his career and he’s now out of the league attempting to fight to get back in.
Thomas was 27 when he suffered his hip injury as a member of the Boston Celtics, and his injury was joined by a series of compounding issues that made the injury worse and the recovery longer.
There are surgical and non-surgical treatment options for this type of injury, and we will let you know what the steps forward will be once they are revealed by the Detroit Pistons.
More to come, now time to drink in sadness.