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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’ 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

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Kevin Durant went through the morning session and is a Jay Williams, who had dinner with Kevin Durant last night, said on Get Up this morning he “would be Shortly after Kerr listed Durant as a game-time decision , Monte Poole of NBC Sports revealed the

And to tell you something about Kevin Durant , Kevin Durant loves to play basketball, and the Durant got hurt on a dribble on the right wing, coming up lame on a crossover move and falling to the He grabbed the back of his leg, appeared to grab below the calf and more toward the achilles

Steve Kerr opens up on decision to play Kevin Durant: ‘The Achilles came as a complete shock’© European Press Photo Association European Press Photo Association

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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Steve Kerr was clearly shook after Kevin Durant 's injury despite the Warriors winning in Toronto to extend the NBA Finals to Game 6. After getting off to a wildly hot start, Durant suffered what would later be revealed as an Achilles injury that would send him off the court for good.

Warriors star Kevin Durant limped off the floor with an Achilles injury and is scheduled to have an MRI exam on Tuesday. TORONTO — Golden State’s Kevin Durant sustained an Achilles injury at 9:46 of Warriors general manager Bob Myers fought back tears and choked up as he spoke about the

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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“ Kevin Durant loves to play basketball, and the people who questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team are wrong. After Kevin Durant went down with an injury in the second quarter, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson stepped up . Is Steve Kerr doing a Steph Curry impression here?

Steve Kerr played small ball, using Draymond Green as his starting center with superstar Kevin Durant back in the fold. The unknown fan who sent flowers to the Warriors apologizing for Toronto Raptors fans cheering Kevin Durant 's Achilles injury might want to amend their accompanying note.

"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."

Report: Kevin Durant likely to be ‘full go’ for Game 5 tonight

Report: Kevin Durant likely to be ‘full go’ for Game 5 tonight A new report indicates that Warriors star Kevin Durant will suit up and play tonight as Golden State faces an elimination game in the NBA Finals. Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reported Monday that multiple sources expect Durant to be a “full go” for the Warriors’ do-or-die Game 5 against the Raptors. Though the Warriors are saying Kevin Durant (calf) is ‘a game-time decision’ for Game 5 Monday night, he’s expected to be a full go, according to multiple league sources.

Kevin Durant sits on the court after suffering an Achilles injury. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Though Golden State president of basketball operations Bob Myers tearfully came into a postgame Durant didn’t break his arm or suffer a concussion or even tear up his knee. During a non-contact

But the decision to play Durant , who suffered what might very well be a serious Achilles injury, is one that should haunt everyone associated with the Durant hadn’t played or done significant basketball activity for a month. It’s hard to view dropping him into the middle of the Finals at that intensity and

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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Kerr: It's 'feasible' that Durant may play after 1 practice.
The waiting game for Warriors star Kevin Durant will continue through at least Tuesday. Warriors coach Steve Kerr says it is "feasible" that the two-time NBA Finals MVP may only need one practice before he can jump into this year's title series against the Toronto Raptors. Golden State has been without Durant since he strained a calf muscle in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston. Game 2 is Sunday night and Game 3 is Wednesday night. Golden State has Monday off.

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