In an interview with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports yesterday, the two-time NBA champion discussed his Achilles tear and said that he did not blame the Warriors for it.
“Hell, no. How can you blame [the Warriors]? Hell, no. I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back. Nobody never said a word to me during rehab as I was coming back. It was only me and [director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day.
Right when the series started, I targeted Game 5. Hell, nah. It just happened. It’s basketball. S- happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game. We just need to move on from that s- because I’m going to be back playing.”
Kevin Durant declined his $31.5 million player option for next season and became an unrestricted free agent in June before signing a four-year, $164 million deal with the Nets on June 30.
Back then, Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher said that KD was not happy with the Warriors and how the situation with his injury played out.
“But the indication from several league sources is that Durant is not happy with the team, and the presumption is that it stems from whatever role Warriors officials played in his decision to suit up. Coach Steve Kerr says he was told Durant could not further injure himself by playing, which obviously proved not to be true. If Durant was told the same, it would give credence to the notion that, as one league executive claims, “He’s really pissed off at the Warriors.” “
KD suffered a ruptured Achilles and underwent successful surgery on June 12. He helped the Warriors beat the Raptors 106-105 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, scoring 11 points on 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in 12 minutes before going down again with 9:46 left in the second quarter.
Durant headed straight back to the locker room and didn’t return after re-injuring his right leg and in a postgame interview, Myers was visibly emotional, holding back tears as he announced that the star forward suffered an Achilles injury. He had been out with a strained calf since Game 5 of the second round series against the Rockets.
Achilles tears take a while to recover from. According to a list compiled by ESPN Stats and Information and Basketball-Reference.com, players typically needed almost nine months to recover. Here’s the recovery time for notable NBA players who suffered a torn Achilles tendon:
DeMarcus Cousins (2017-18): 357 days
Dominique Wilkins (1991-92): 283 days
Rudy Gay (2016-17): 273 days
Elton Brand (2006-07): 243 days
Kobe Bryant (2012-13): 240 days
Wesley Matthews (2014-15): 237 days
LaPhonso Ellis (1996-97): 222 days
His injury may or may not have contributed to his decision to leave the Warriors but it does not sound like Durant is upset with them because of it.
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