Kevin Durant’s injury has set him back a season. In Kevin Durant’s first interview since rupturing his Achilles tendon, he said that the Warriors are not to blame.
Initially, after Durant’s injury, many fans and players took to social media to discuss how Durant could’ve gotten injured again. Many thought that the Warriors pressured Durant into playing through his injury. Others assumed that the medical staff had just missed something. Now, Durant has finally spoken out against those statements.
In an interview with Yahoo Sports Durant said, “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 [trainer] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day.”
This is good news for Warriors fans because there does not seem to be any bad blood between the two parties. Durant backing up his former team’s staff even when he didn’t have to is a good sign.
Durant then went on to say, “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.”
Durant is expected to miss the next season with rehabbing his injury. But, it seems as if he is ready to put his injury behind him.
When he returns he will join Kyrie Irving on the Brooklyn Nets after signing a 4-year contract with them.
Durant turns 31 in September, when he returns to the NBA he will be 32 years old. There are many questions surrounding how much longer Durant will be able to play at such a high level with his age and injury history. Coming off of another historic offensive performance many fans think Durant will need to change his playstyle in order to stay competitive. Many fans speculate whether switching to a catch-and-shoot style of play might be able to add some longevity to his career.
Now that Durant has cleared the air surrounding this small controversy it is time for fans to get ready for a season without one of the best players ever and wait in anticipation for his return.