Wichita Thunder

Duda heading for back surgery

Wichita Thunder star Jason Duda, the franchise leader in nearly every offensive category, has decided to have back surgery — a move that would end his season and put his career in jeopardy.

Duda played the first five games this season, scoring five points, before the chronic back problem forced him to injured reserve on Oct. 30. While on IR, the 14-year pro has served as the teams interim coach.

The back pain has persisted, so Duda resigned himself to the fact that surgery was necessary. Duda will have more information after seeing his doctor, but he said there is no timetable yet for the operation.

"I still want to play, obviously," he said. "But its to the point now that I have to do something. I can't get up in the morning; I can't help my little girl get dressed in the morning.

"We've tried everything — epidural shots, therapy. You name it, we tried it. Nothing has worked."