“I Got Emotional… I Bust Through Security”: Former NBA Champion Reveals A Shocking Story About His Reaction To Kevin Durant’s Injury

Published 01/12/2022, 10:54 PM EST
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 10: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles and high fives Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) after hitting a three pointer and getting fouled on the play during the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets November 10, 2016 at Pepsi Center. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


For a long time, no team came close to having a dominating stretch in the NBA. However, in 2015, the emergence of the Golden State Warriors changed the course of history. They won three titles in four years and broke several records along the way. However, the one thing that remains a chip on their shoulder is how they were kept from achieving a three-peat due to injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Recently, Isiah Thomas spoke about how he felt when Durant picked up the injury in the finals.

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The Warriors were on a role beating the Cavaliers in back to back finals. This time, they came across new opponents in the Toronto Raptors. Led by Kawhi Leonard, Toronto came in ready. But when it came to a talent matchup, the Warriors were always the better team. However, they turned shorthanded when Durant and Klay both picked up injuries during the series.

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 21: Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant (35) question a call to a referee during the first half agains the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

While on ‘The Etcs’ Podcast, Thomas revealed how he got emotional after watching Durant’s injury.

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Thomas broke through security to meet up with Kevin Durant

NBA Hall of Famer, Isiah Thomas revealed his emotions after watching KD go out in the finals. Thomas knew what had happened when he saw Durant walk off the court. Hence, he revealed how his emotions got him to break through security and go talk to Durant.

He narrated saying: “I was hurt for Kevin that night.” Thomas continued, “You limped off the court and I think only athletes kind of feel this way sometimes where you know what the other person is going through. I actually got like emotional and I busted through the back, I like bust through security. I knew I wasn’t supposed to be in the moment But I was like a fan, but I was also somebody who wanted to personally let you know like ‘Man, I know what you going through, I appreciate you, I love you and just comeback from this’.”

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In that dominating stretch, Durant was the man for the Warriors. the Slim Reaper was coming off winning back to back Finals MVPs. But before his ACL injury, Durant was dealing with a calf injury which kept him out in the finals. However, he returned to the team and started off well. But with luck not on his side, he picked up an ACL injury that kept him out for an entire season after that.

Likewise, the Warriors lost the series which kept them from a three-peat. they would have become the first team to pull that off since Kobe Bryant and Shaq’s Lakers. Hence, it would have impacted history in a big way. However, it wasn’t meant to be, and the Raptors won their first ever championship in franchise history with Kawhi as the Finals MVP.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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