Golden State forward Kevin Durant is currently going through a bad patch after suffering an injury. After ages, he made his triumphant return to the basketball court, only to limp away yet again, this time with a right Achilles injury. Without a doubt, it will deal a massive blow for the All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP. In addition to that, Kevin Durant is possibly three weeks away from becoming a free agent, as well as a long rehabilitation process.
When he broke the news to the media, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was very emotional. According to the latest reports, Kevin Durant will undergo an MRI to determine the seriousness of the injury. Unfortunately, it is more than likely that Durant’s season is over. Recovery from the injury will also possibly take several months if the Achilles is indeed torn.
“He’s one of the most misunderstood people,” Myers said. “He’s a good teammate, he’s a good person, it’s not fair. I’m lucky to know him. I don’t have all the information on what really the extent of what it all means until we get a MRI, but the people that worked with him and cleared him are good people, they’re good people.”
According to Myers, Kevin Durant initially suffered a calf injury in the postseason, and was willing to shoulder the blame for deciding to play him in Game 5. The good news was that Golden State won 106-105, cutting Toronto’s lead in the NBA Finals to 3-2.
“I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand in this world and if you have to, you can blame me,” Myers said. “I run our basketball operations department. And to tell you something about Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant loves to play basketball, and the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong.”
As it turned out, a dribble on the right wing, was what led to Kevin Durant getting injured. He appeared to grab the back of his leg, below the calf and close the Achilles area. The 30-year needed help to limp to the bench area and later to the Warriors’ locker room.
Initially, Kevin Durant had been cleared by the Warriors’ medical staff after Game 4, and participated in a practice session and a shootaround practice. The Warriors cautioned against him coming on court too early, after a monthlong absence. Naturally, they did not want Kevin Durant to aggravate the injury and stand no chance of returning this season. Unfortunately, the very thing that they were afraid of, came true.