For the first time since he left Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant spoke about his calf injury which separated him from the court during the playoffs. The former Warrior stated that the franchise from Oakland had nothing to do with his injury in any way. He also added that GSW didn’t make any pressure on his premature return.
Durant spoke openly for the Yahoo Sports this Wednesday and stressed out that Steve Kerr and the rest of the Warriors franchise never forced him to get back on the court before planned.
After he picked up a calf injury against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals, the two-time NBA Finals MVP went through a process of recovery which was a bit quick according to the majority of the experts.
For most of them, Durant’s career was endangered when he came back on the floor against the Raptors in the NBA finals. The Warriors’ medical staff shouldn’t have allowed him to play the game.
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Still, one of the best players in the league doesn’t see the whole situation like that. According to his words, he wasn’t under any kind of pressure from the team, and the decision to appear against Toronto was solely his.
“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 Rick Celebrini working out every day.”
Durant doesn’t want to hear any wrongful comments going towards the Warriors’ organization. The injury he picked in the Finals was the result of the unlucky turn of events.
“It just happened. It’s basketball. S— happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game.”
Durant’s injury was maybe the biggest reason for the Warriors’ defeat in the finals. KD was unstoppable in until he played and was by far the best player of the reigning champions at the time. In 12 games during the postseason, Durant averaged 32.3 points, 4.9 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 1 block per match, along with a fantastic 51.4% from the field.
His presence on the court was vital for GSW’s title ambitions. Eventually, without him and with injured Klay Thompson, Steve Kerr’s guys didn’t stand a chance against the motivated Raptors.
After the season ended, KD decided to leave California and to replace it with Brooklyn, where he teamed up with Kyrie Irving. Them two will try to make history and bring the first title to this franchise.
Durant probably won’t play in the upcoming season, due to his injury. Torn Achilles is one of the most devastating injuries one professional athlete can have, and Durant is currently healing from the same. The doctors are saying that his recovery goes fine for now, but that they can’t make any prognosis about the potential return date.
Even though they knew his state, Nets wanted KD so bad that they offered him a $164 million deal for the upcoming four years, which the player accepted.
Just to remind you, Durant is a 10-time All-Star and a 2014 NBA MVP. Besides that, he is also a 6-time All-NBA First-Team and a Rookie of the Year back in 2008.
During his stint with the Golden State Warriors, he won two titles and crowned his talent. But he also became one of the most unpopular players in the league following his decision to leave Oklahoma City Thunder.
Many fans across the globe didn’t forgive his so-called betrayal. At the time of his departure, OKC was the biggest rival of the GSW.
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