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SportSteve Kerr opens up on decision to play Kevin Durant: ‘The Achilles came as a complete shock’

01:30  13 june  2019
01:30  13 june  2019 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

Warriors running low on time for Kevin Durant’s return

Warriors running low on time for Kevin Durant’s return Nearly a month after the Warriors dubbed forward Kevin Durant’s right calf strain “mild,” they have yet to clear Durant to scrimmage — much less play an NBA Finals game. The lingering uncertainty surrounding the two-time Finals MVP’s health has left some within the organization questioning whether they’ll see Durant — an unrestricted free agent this summer — in a Golden State uniform again. Asked Thursday when he expects Durant to participate in a scrimmage, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was vague, saying only, “I think that’s something that will happen in the coming days.

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Kevin Durant confirmed what everyone had suspected today - he suffered a ruptured achilles tendon during the Warriors' Game 5 victory over the Toronto Raptors. At that point once Kevin was cleared to play he was comfortable with that so the achilles came as a complete shock ."

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We now know that Kevin Durant indeed ruptured his Achilles tendon in the second quarter of Monday's Game 5. The Warriors star underwent surgery on Wednesday and faces a long road back to an NBA floor.

In the aftermath of the devastating injury, it was easy to point fingers at the Warriors. Charles Barkley blamed the Warriors. GM Bob Myers was willing to accept the blame. But if we go back to Monday's postgame, head coach Steve Kerr deferred his thoughts on the decision-making process to Myers.

On Wednesday, though, Kerr offered his perspective on what went on behind the scenes to lead to Durant coming back a month after the calf strain.

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Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that Kevin Durant 's Achilles injury came as a " complete shock " to everyone involved. Kerr told the media Durant met with both Warriors doctors and an independent medical team before deciding to play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.

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According to Kerr, it was a collaborative decision that determined a re-aggravated calf injury was the worst-case scenario. He feels awful about that mistake.

Kerr said in full, via ASAP Sports:

"I completely understand the world we live in. As Bob mentioned the other night, there's going to be blame. There's going to be finger pointing. We understand that and we accept that. This is kind of what you sign up for when you get into coaching, general management, in the NBA. There's all kinds of coverage, judgment, criticism, and it's all part of it. So we accept that. The main thing is our concern for Kevin and these last couple of days just checking on him. Obviously, everybody feels horrible for what happened. As Bob mentioned the other night, this last month was a cumulative collaborative effort in his rehabilitation. And that collaboration included Kevin and his business partner, Rich Kleiman, our medical staff, his own outside second opinion doctor, outside of our organization. Kevin checked all the boxes, and he was cleared to play by everybody involved.

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"Now, would we go back and do it over again? Damn right. But that's easy to say after the results. When we gathered all the information, our feeling was the worst thing that could happen would be a re-injure of the calf. That was the advice and the information that we had. At that point, once Kevin was cleared to play, he was comfortable with that, we were comfortable with that. So the Achilles came as a complete shock. I don't know what else to add to that, other than had we known that this was a possibility, that this was even in the realm of possibility, there's no way we ever would have allowed Kevin to come back.

"So it's devastating, mostly for Kevin, obviously. But I feel horribly for Rick Celebrini as well, who is one of the best people I've ever been around and one of the smartest, brightest minds that I've ever been around. He's devastated. Bob, the team, we all are. But we made the decision collaboratively with all the information that we had and we thought it was the right one."

Warriors’ Kevin Durant has surgery on torn Achilles; Kerr explains playing him

Warriors’ Kevin Durant has surgery on torn Achilles; Kerr explains playing him Two days after Kevin Durant suffered a torn right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr detailed the rationale that went in to clearing Durant. About 15 minutes later, a picture of the consequences emerged: Durant, in a hospital bed in New York, confirming in an Instagram post that his surgery was a success. “I’m hurting deeply, but I’m OK,” Durant wrote. The devastation hit all across the Warriors’ organization, but no one saw this coming, Kerr said, as he explained to reporters in Oakland on Wednesday what preceded the decision to play the 10-time All-Star: On Sunday, Durant practiced for the first time in more than a month without any i

Kerr said the decision for Durant to play was a joint one between Durant , his agent Rich Kleiman, the Warriors’ medical staff and Durant ’s independent The Achilles connects the calf muscle to the heel bone, and there is plenty of evidence that the health of one of those structures can impact the other.

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Knowing what he knows now, Kerr said that holding Durant out would have been the only decision.

Earlier in the day, Durant shared a message from his hospital bed. He's now expected to face between a nine and 12-month recovery.


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