The Nets emerged as one of the biggest winners in the free agency when they signed both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to four-year contracts. Unfortunately for Brooklyn fans, only one of these stars will fit in for the team this season.
Durant is unlikely to hit the floor during the 2019-20 campaign after suffering an Achilles injury during the 2019 NBA Finals. The Nets knew this before they offered Durant a deal, of course, and they hope the 31-year-old will regain his old form over the last three years of his contract.
What’s next for the MVP of the two NBA Finals Finals? Here is all we know about Durant’s injury and the latest news on when he may return to court.
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What is Kevin Durant injury?
Kevin Durant broke his Achilles tendon in his right leg during Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Surgery was performed two days later, initiating a rehabilitation and rehabilitation procedure that would reduce him for an entire year.
How Long Will Kevin Durant Come Out?
Durant is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season after surgery to restore Achilles’ rupture. In September, Nets general manager Sean Marks said Durant’s rehab was “going very well” but the networks were not planning to play him this year.
In the episode of 31st Century First Take, Durant made his most definitive statement, telling ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that he “doesn’t plan” to play even if Brooklyn reaches the playoffs.
Based on a list of eight NBA players who suffered from a torn Achilles that drafted FiveThirtyEight, the average recovery time was almost nine months, but these injuries occurred at different points in each player’s career. Rudy Gay was a productive role with the Spurs, for example, but Kobe Bryant didn’t fully return with the Lakers. It is case by case.
Duration of Kevin Durant injury
Durant initially injured his right calf in the semifinals of the 2019 Western Conference, forcing him to sit for all of the Western Conference finals. The Warriors swept the Trail Blazers to advance to the NBA Finals, setting Durant up for a much-awaited return to Game 5 of the league series against the Raptors.
KD dropped 11 points in the first 12 minutes of action before the tragedy struck. At the beginning of the second quarter, Durant collapsed on his right foot and sat on the sideline, suddenly realizing he wouldn’t get out of this injury. He had broken his Achilles’ head, causing controversy over the Warrior’s staff pressing him to play before he was really ready to fight.
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In a chat with Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Durant said he doesn’t blame Golden State for what happened.
“Hell, no, how can you blame (the warriors)?” I heard the Warriors were pushing me to come back, no one ever told me a reason during detox as they were just me and (the director of sports medicine and performance) Rick (Celebrini) works daily. the series started, I aim for Game 5. Hell, nah … That happened, it’s basketball, the S-happens, no one was responsible for it, it was just the game, we just have to move on from this s – because I’m gonna be played again …
“Yeah, I still think about that night .. Every experience I’ve had in the league is obviously always rooted in my mind, but that will definitely be a huge part of my career because it’s the biggest stage and now I see it as go out there playing basketball and it hurt and now i’m waiting to come back knowing it’s a huge deal for everyone else, i’m just trying to get it on my chin and keep it moving. “
With the 2018-19 season and Achilles’ surgery behind him, Durant decided to join the Nets last summer. He considered signing with the Warriors again, but eventually felt it was “time for a change”.
“I felt like it was time for a change. I wanted to play for a new team and just put it on, I did just that.”
– Kevin Durant on his decision to quit the Warriors pic.twitter.com/cvwmNo53WO
– NBA on ESPN (@ ESPNNBA) September 27, 2019
Kevin Durant Injury Updates
– Kevin Durant explains the decision to join the Nets, leave the Warriors
– GM nets confirm that the team does not expect to play this season
– Kevin Durant says “no one” in the Warriors pushed him to play in the NBA Finals
– Kevin Durant responds to Raptors fans who managed to injure game 5