One of the top players in WVU basketball history suffered another setback in his path to playing in the NBA. According to Geoff Coyle of WVIllustrated, Da’Sean Butler underwent a third surgery on Monday to repair the ACL in his left knee.
Most of you reading this know of this injury. It came against Duke during the Final Four in 2010 midway through the second half. We remember the images. They are forever ingrained in our hearts and minds.
Butler blew out his left knee and soon afterwards had reconstructive knee surgery. The Miami Heat took Butler in the second round of the NBA Draft a few months later based upon what his potential could be if the knee healed successfully. After doctors cleared Butler to play, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs and was sent to their D-League affiliate, the Austin Toros.
Butler played most of last season before the team let him go with a few weeks remaining in the regular season. The reason they let him go was “due to injury” although the type of injury was not disclosed. He averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game with the team. His coaches praised him for being a leader on the team.
While he was with the Toros, he felt some pain in his knee, and thought he strained his ACL. He had some tests done, and doctors eventually told him his ACL had disintegrated. If he kept playing on it, he could damage his the bone and MCL.
After meeting with his agent, they decided if Butler still wanted to pursue an NBA career, he needed to have a third surgery.
“I want to play basketball, so I had to do this now,” Butler told WVIllustrated. “If I waited any longer, I would prolong the process and push back trying to get back to my career and I may not play. We came to the decision to have the surgery.”
Butler is in Cincinnati recovering from the surgery. He will begin rehab soon. Butler hopes he will be recovered enough by January or February to start working out to get back in the D-League or going overseas.
“I have to move on, take it as an experience and keep going,” Butler said. “There’s nothing to dwell on. It happened again, it sucks, so what? My leg is still attached to my body and I can walk. All I can do is just move on.”