The Nets have actually done their best to temper expectations surrounding Kevin Durant, who has yet to play a game for the team after suffering an Achilles injury in the 2019 NBA Finals as a member of the Warriors. Durant himself stated back in October that he didn’t strategy to take the court even if Brooklyn made a playoff berth, and the front office has actually regularly been on the very same page as Durant.
However then a global pandemic tossed a regular NBA schedule out the window and unlocked for a KD return later on this summer season. The 10- time All-Star is approaching the 1 year mark given that he went through surgical treatment to fix his burst Achilles, and every exercise picture or video that strikes social media increases enjoyment about the possibility of Durant wearing in a playoff environment.
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So … will he be all set to go if the 2019-20 season resumes in the near future?
“That’s a $110 million question,” Nets general manager Sean Marks informed New Zealand’s Newshub. “In all seriousness, we’ve tried not to talk about his timeline a lot. He knows his body better than anybody. Our performance team and training staff have done a tremendous job getting him to this point, but I just don’t know how coming out of this pandemic will affect anybody, let alone Kevin.”
The truth that Marks didn’t totally dismiss Durant is a little twinkle of hope, however he likewise made it clear the long-lasting health of Durant is the leading concern. The two-time NBA Finals MVP signed a four-year, $164 million agreement with the Nets last offseason, that includes a gamer choice for the 2022-23 season.
“When you’ve got enough invested in a player like Kevin, we’re never going to push him to come back,” Marks stated. “When the timing is right, he’ll be 100 percent when he gets on the court. I can tell you this, though — before the pandemic, he looked like Kevin Durant and that’s a good thing.”
Throughout a look on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” in March, Durant’s representative and manager Rich Kleiman was more direct, stating the concept of Durant being playing in June or July is “not very realistic.”
” It feels like [Durant playing in the 2019-20 season] plainly was not something that remained in the cards prior to all this,” Kleiman stated. “And now, I think just like the rest of the world, it’s hard to take anything more than day by day.”
Durant stepping out to the court and trying to lead the Nets past an Eastern Conference competitor in the first round would be a great playoff story, however the Nets won’ t put him because position unless they are positive he is psychologically and physically prepared to contend at that level.
Plus, there are lots of obstacles the NBA requires to clear prior to it can think about holdinggames The decision might be out of Durant’s hands.
At this moment, the very best strategy might be to continue presuming Durant is not available this season– even if it is method more enjoyable to picture him scoring all over the flooring when again.