After a promising performance in Wednesday's preseason game against the Hawks, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich announced that new starting point guard Derrick White was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks due to a left plantar fascia tear. Rookie Lonnie Walker IV sustained a meniscus tear on his right knee followed by starting point guard Dejounte Murray, who tore his right ACL in a preseason game against the Houston Rockets.
The original prognosis seemed dark, but Popovich has updated his comments saying White may only miss two-to-four weeks according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.
There has been a string of bad news for the Spurs just before the start of the regular season. Murray became the Spurs' starter last season, inheriting the role that Parker held for the better part of two decades. Rookie Lonnie Walker IV underwent surgery the following day to fix a torn right meniscus and is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks.
San Antonio's season begins next Wednesday with a home date against the Minnesota Timberwolves (8:30 ET, NBA League Pass).
White was expected to take the starting point guard job with Murray sidelined for the season. "Now it's going the other way".
That is obviously a much brighter outlook than Pop provided this morning, and it gives San Antonio some hope that White can return to the floor soon.
White is a bigger guard at 6-foot-5 and has a scoring mentality that is ideal for him since he can score from anywhere on the floor.
The injury to White likely means veteran guard Patty Mills will see a serious uptick in minutes as well.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.