Nets F Caris LeVert opens up about scary foot injury: ‘I’ll be a better player when I come back’

Caris LeVert is staying positive.

The 24-year-old Nets forward suffered what appeared to be a gruesome foot injury in a game against the Timberwolves earlier this month. LeVert, however, was diagnosed with a dislocated right foot that doesn’t require surgery and he is expected to return at some point this season.

LeVert opened up about the injury when he met with reporters Monday.

“The first thing I thought was like, ‘man that’s a bad sprain. I probably won’t be able to play anymore today’ before actually looking at it,” LeVert said (via the New York Post). “Obviously, when I looked at it I was like, ‘wow, that’s messed up’

“When I heard (the diagnosis) I was pretty relieved and obviously the next day I was very relieved.”

The 2016 first-round pick has been a breakout player for the Nets this season. He has averaged a team-high 18.4 points and 1.2 steals in 14 games.

LeVert said he’s unsure when he will be back on the floor and is focused on “getting better each day.”

“Everything happens for a reason,” LeVert said. “It’s not a very, very, very serious injury to the point where the way I play basketball will be different. I feel like I’ll still be a good player. I’ll be a better player when I come back.

“I feel like maybe the time off is the best thing for me, maybe it’s the best for the team. I just try to find the positives out of every situation and hopefully come out of this stronger mentally and physically.”

The Nets enter their game against the Heat on Tuesday with a 7-10 record.