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SportOpinion: Warriors' Kevin Durant buckling up for his longest year after Achilles injury

05:20  13 june  2019
05:20  13 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Warriors hope Kevin Durant will be able to play in Game 5 or 6

Warriors hope Kevin Durant will be able to play in Game 5 or 6 Kevin Durant is not playing for the first four games of the NBA Finals, but the Golden State Warriors are hoping he’ll be able to play in Game 5 or 6. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told the media before Game 4 on Friday that Kevon Looney would be able to play but Durant would be out. He said they’re hoping the two-time Finals MVP will be able to play later in the series. Steve Kerr on Kevin Durant: "We're hoping he can play Game 5 or 6." Won't give any other updated details. — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 7, 2019 Game 5 of the series is scheduled for Monday and Game 6 will be on Thursday.

— Maybe Kevin Durant reaches out to Kobe Bryant, or Bryant reaches out to Durant . Bryant has become the modern-day sage when it comes to a ruptured Achilles since tearing his in 2013. Bryant has talked to Durant ’s teammate DeMarcus Cousins and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard

Bob Myers defends Kevin Durant , accepts blame for injury . An emotional Bob Myers spoke after Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night and defended Kevin Durant as a person while saying he would accept any blame for the superstar’s Achilles injury .

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Maybe Kevin Durant reaches out to Kobe Bryant, or Bryant reaches out to Durant.

Bryant has become the modern-day sage when it comes to a ruptured Achilles since tearing his in 2013. Bryant has talked to Durant’s teammate DeMarcus Cousins and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, both of whom sustained serious Achilles injuries.

But no matter what Durant hears from others, he is in for a long year mostly away from the game he loves. Rehabbing an Achilles rupture is slow and difficult, testing a player’s mental fortitude as much as his or her physical limits.

Bob Myers defends Kevin Durant, accepts blame for injury

Bob Myers defends Kevin Durant, accepts blame for injury An emotional Bob Myers spoke after Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night and defended Kevin Durant as a person while saying he would accept any blame for the superstar’s Achilles injury. The Golden State Warriors' president spoke to the media with a shaky voice and shared why Durant was cleared for the game. “He was cleared to play tonight. That was a collaborative decision. I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand this world. If you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department,” Myers said. Durant took some criticism for not playing previously during the Finals.

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Kevin Durant 's injury could have a ripple effect throughout the NBA, from the Warriors to free agency to the record books. The NBA is looking closely at Achilles injuries because of the potential impact they have on a player’s long -term career. The league doesn’t have a large sample size to study, but it

“It’s a tough process, straight up,” Cousins said Wednesday. “Nobody will really understand that type of injury unless you go through it. It’s more mental than anything.”

Bryant once said the immediate aftermath of an Achilles tear “feels like the darkest moment.”

Durant knows that feeling right now, too.

“I’m hurting deep in the soul right now, I can’t lie,” Durant posted on social media Monday night. His mood hadn’t changed much following surgery on Wednesday, writing on Instagram, “I’m hurting deeply, but I’m OK.”

Durant has been injured before. He played in just 27 games in 2014-15 with Oklahoma City after needing two surgeries on his right foot. But he has never missed as much time as he’s going to miss now - almost certainly all of the 2019-20 season, perhaps longer.

Kevin Durant reportedly views opting into Warriors contract as ‘last resort’

Kevin Durant reportedly views opting into Warriors contract as ‘last resort’ Kevin Durant’s summer got a lot more interesting when he suffered what is believed to be a torn Achilles during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, and the injury could impact the amount of money teams are willing to invest in him. However, he may not be in nearly as much contract trouble as some people believe. Prior to the injury, it was a foregone conclusion that Durant would opt out of the final year of his deal with the Golden State Warriors.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant holds on to his calf after injuring it during Game 5 on Monday. Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA. Kevin Durant confirmed what everyone most feared: He underwent surgery for a ruptured right achilles tendon. Durant posted on social media Wednesday the severity

Durant was fortunate to come away with a mere calf strain late in the third quarter, when the noncontact injury he suffered after a baseline jumper over Houston’s Iman Shumpert sparked immediate fears, even on Durant ’s bench, that he had just suffered an Achilles ’ tear that would sideline him for months.

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At the end of the 2015 season when he needed another foot surgery – which took place at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where he had his Achilles repaired – Durant took to social media and posted, “When quit and negativity are staring me in my face, I will stay strong and disciplined. And I won’t do it on my own, my closest friends and family are here to help and that’s something I will be forever grateful for.”

He will need that similar attitude and support from family and friends because Durant will go a long time without doing any kind of physical activity he is used to doing. He will go perhaps the longest stretch of his life without shooting a basketball. The rehab process will require baby steps, and daily progress won’t be visible.

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Kevin Durant 's Achilles ' rupture amounts to a worst-case scenario for the star forward. The devastating injury struck Durant in his athletic prime at age 30. Often, athletes don’t return to full form after Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins returned in January after missing roughly a year with an

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It will be incredibly frustrating for Durant and the longest stretch of his basketball-playing life without playing basketball. But he can also use it as motivation to return and try to be the kind of player he was before the injury.

The long year ahead for Durant also includes a much different summer than he anticipated. Durant can be a free agent after this season, and he was expected to explore his opportunities. Maybe he would return to the Warriors or perhaps he would decide to team with another star and try to win a championship elsewhere.

How this injury affects his free agency and the free agency of others will play out in July, but now there are different factors to consider. Durant’s injury not only alters his future, but the future of other players, teams and the NBA.

Durant had a difficult decision to make before the injury, but it would’ve been a decision he made while looking forward to playing next season during the prime of his career.

There is no next season for Durant. Just a long year ahead.

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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

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