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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

Report: Kevin Durant had surgery to repair ruptured Achilles

Report: Kevin Durant had surgery to repair ruptured Achilles Report: Kevin Durant had surgery to repair ruptured Achilles

Now what for Kevin Durant ? His latest injury sustained in Golden State’s win – and the concern is Though there have been some serious Achilles injuries across the NBA in recent years , including Game 5: Warriors forward Kevin Durant reaches for his leg after dropping to the floor with an injury

Durant ’s Achilles ' injury shakes up the NBA’s upcoming free-agency landscape, and some other stars may not be so patient. TORONTO — In the immediate aftermath of Kevin Durant ’s devastating Achilles ’ injury , suffered during Monday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals, questions abounded.

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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.

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) walks off the court after sustaining an injury as he is consoled by Toronto Raptors center Serge Warriors general manager Bob Myers, choking back tears, told reporters during a postgame news conference that Durant had sustained an Achilles injury .

Assigning Blame for Kevin Durant ’s Achilles Injury Isn’t That Simple. The aftermath of Kevin Durant ’s torn Achilles —suffered during Golden State’s rollercoaster win in Game 5 The undercurrent to the Durant story is the Warriors training staff. Remember, both Looney and Cousins were ruled

“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.

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What's next for Kevin Durant after Achilles injury? Breaking down his options When Kevin Durant went down with what the Golden State Warriors fear to be an Achilles tear in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the future became murky.

Warriors star Kevin Durant limped off the floor with an Achilles injury and is scheduled to have an MRI exam on Tuesday. Warriors general manager Bob Myers fought back tears and choked up as he spoke about the devastating, spirit-crushing injury following his team's 106-105 victory over the

Kevin Durant sits on the court after suffering an Achilles injury . Flip through the gallery to see Kevin Durant through the years . Stephen Dunn, Getty Images. Game 5: Warriors forward Kevin Durant reaches for his leg after dropping to the floor with an injury during the first half.

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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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'Devastating' Kevin Durant injury leaves Warriors GM holding back tears despite Game 5 win – video. Myers said Durant ’s first injury of this postseason was a calf injury , as the Warriors have insisted throughout. Myers also said that he is willing to accept the blame for the decision to play Durant in

Kevin Durant was consoled by Drake after his injury .CreditCreditChris Young/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press. “It’s always about what we can do between those lines,” said Cousins, who returned to the court this season after sitting out for a year with a torn Achilles ’ tendon.

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.

Follow USA TODAY Sports' columnist Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter @JeffZillgitt

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.

It was determined to be an Achilles injury , and an MRI test will occur Tuesday afternoon. Durant is flying to New York for further evaluations, The Athletic's Tears flowed from Durant 's teammates, and Warriors general manager Bob Myers had trouble speaking during his press conference where he

Kevin Durant could be sidelined for as long as a year if his injury turns out to be a torn Achilles . But according to former NBA veteran Raja Bell, even if the While Kanell and Bell agreed that blame can be passed around regarding Durant 's injury , which followed up a month- long absence for what the

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Kawhi Leonard Provides Encouraging Advice for Kevin Durant Following Achilles Surgery.
The Golden State Warriors (and a number of potential suitors this summer) received the worst news imaginable for Kevin Durant. The two-time NBA Finals MVP suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during Game 5, which will sideline him for quite a while. Kawhi Leonard knows all too well about how brutal a significant long-term injury can be after he dealt with a troubling quad issue for a majority of last season. The Toronto Raptors star sent some words of encouragement Durant's way, letting him know that his play won't diminish and that he'll return stronger than ever. Based on his own experience, Kawhi shared what advice he'd give KD. pic.twitter.

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