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SportKawhi Leonard Provides Encouraging Advice for Kevin Durant Following Achilles Surgery

10:50  13 june  2019
10:50  13 june  2019 Source:   12up.com

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Knicks could prefer Kawhi Leonard over Kevin Durant in free agency The Toronto Raptors and forward Kawhi Leonard are two victories away from an NBA championship. Meanwhile, Leonard's star counterpart for Golden State remains sidelined. These are the two biggest stories heading into Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night. While Leonard’s team is coming off an impressive Game 3 victory in Oakland, Kevin Durant remains sidelined with a calf injury. Within the next month, both players will become free agents. Linked more to the New York Knicks than any other team, it was previously a near certainty that Durant would be heading to the Big Apple. We’re not sure where that stands at this point.

Leonard knows what Durant has been through. Kawhi Leonard was on the receiving end of some very harsh criticism last season when he requested a Considering his history with injuries, it's no surprise that he would be sympathetic to Kevin Durant who just received surgery on a ruptured Achilles .

Kawhi Leonard addresses the media following the Raptors Game 5 loss to the Warriors and touches on the final possession and Kevin Durant 's injury. -

Kawhi Leonard Provides Encouraging Advice for Kevin Durant Following Achilles Surgery© Gregory Shamus 2019 NBA Finals - Game Five

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.

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It's official: Kevin Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He had surgery to repair his Achilles on Thursday, and posted an Since his initial injury during the Western Conference Semifinals, there has been speculation that Kevin Durant 's health was much worse than the Warriors

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That's extremely thoughtful to send well wishes to his opponent

If Leonard has shown NBA fans anything, it's that a player in his prime can overcome such a brutal setback. Durant should take solace in that as he looks to return to form on his road to recovery, regardless of what team he ends up on.

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Steve Kerr denies that Kevin Durant is unhappy with Warriors’ doctors.
Kevin Durant has yet to comment publicly about whether he feels he was misled by the Golden State Warriors’ medical staff, but head coach Steve Kerr says he has no reason to believe that is the case. NBA reporter Ric Bucher said this week that Durant is still unsure if he was misled about being able to suffer a more significant injury by playing before his calf was 100 percent healed. In an appearance on Tim Kawakami’s “The TK Show” podcast Wednesday, Kerr said he has not gotten that impression and noted that Durant’s own specialist also cleared him to play.

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