Irving got cortisone shot on Christmas Eve, out another 2 months
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Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets has shared a number of photos with us during his rehab from his achilles tendon rupture and surgery. The belief is he'll
Kevin Durant (now of the Brooklyn Nets!) will spend the upcoming NBA season undergoing rehab for his ruptured achilles tendon suffered during the 2019 NBA
The Nets are happy with Kevin Durant‘s progress in rehabbing his surgically repaired Achilles, even though there are still no plans for him to play this season, writes Brian Lewis of The New York Post.© Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Durant went through a 25-minute workout this afternoon at Barclays Center and told Lewis that it went well. Coach Kenny Atkinson said seeing him on the court is having a positive effect on his teammates.
“He’s progressing. I know he’s working extremely hard,” Atkinson said. “He’s a quiet personality, but when he needs to say something, he says it. Usually what he says is spot-on. We don’t want to bother him too much because he’s locked into his rehab. He’s a guy who likes to work in the shadows. He doesn’t want all the attention, but he’s working his tail off.
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This year doesn’t matter for the Nets — except at a micro level. That’s the takeaway I left with on Saturday when Kyrie Irving addressed the media for the first time since Nov. 14: What the Nets are doing — making a playoff push with an injury-riddled roster — is cute, but this season was over before it ever began. That’s because the Nets signed franchise-altering superstar Kevin Durant knowing he’d be out for the season rehabbing his ruptured Achilles tendon. The Nets over-performed, yet again, with injuries to both Irving and Caris LeVert, before crashing down in their welcome-back-to-reality skid of six losses in their last seven games.
Kevin Durant is riding a stationary bike as part of his rehab from an injured left knee and leg and doing well, yet Golden State coach Steve Kerr says it Durant returned to the Bay Area from the Warriors' East Coast road trip after getting hurt in a loss at Washington. He hyperextended his knee early in the
Kevin Durant progressing . Reddit. Pocket. Flipboard. Email. Last week, while slinging meatless sausage biscuits at a midtown Dunkin Donuts, DeAndre Jordan told a reporter that his friend Kevin Durant ’s rehab is proceeding well. “You know obviously Kevin [ Durant ] had a tough injury, he’s
“When he walks in the room, we all become more confident even though he’s not playing — it’s just that way. I enjoy talking to him about the game and his opinions about what’s going on in the league. ‘Hey, what is this team doing? Did you see this? What do you think about this player?’ It’s a real treat for me to have a guy like that around and for our players. They love it. He’s around all the time, so it’s great.”
When the Nets signed Durant in July, they understood it was very unlikely he would be able to suit up for them this season. The ruptured Achilles that he suffered during the NBA Finals comes with a long recovery process, and both parties agreed the best way to protect Brooklyn’s four-year, $164M investment in Durant was to let him take the entire season to recover.
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Kevin Durant progressing in rehab , but no timetable for return. Kevin Durant explains how his rehab has been going since suffering a sprained MCL and expresses how grateful he is that the injury wasn't more It's the reason why I'm here now because I work extremely hard. It's nothing different.
Kevin Durant has led the NBA in scoring four times and has 10 All-Star appearances. Marks did leave the door cracked for that plan to change depending on how Durant feels about his own progress . "Ultimately, Kevin will have a large say in when he comes back and how he's feeling," Marks said.
Atkinson confirmed to Lewis tonight that the plan hasn’t changed.
“No, I think we’re all on the same page. That’s not going to happen,” he said. “Progressing. I don’t have my medical book up here. I can’t give you what stage or any of that. It’s great when you’re there every day. You see incremental progress. That’s all I can give you.”
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The NBA 2010s All-Decade team
Welcome to Yardbarker's All-Decade team, an exercise where we take the All-NBA team concept and spread it out over the 2010s, effectively answering the question: "Who were the 15 best players this past decade in the NBA?" Players are ordered from most deserving to least. Positions were not factored in (e.g., each team does not have to include two guards, two forwards and a center). Regular-season points, rebounds and assists per game are displayed as a quick reference point. Various accolades are also highlighted such as All-NBA Selections, awards and championships. A player's impact on winning was rewarded over individual statistics and accolades (sorry Carmelo Anthony and LaMarcus Aldridge) and sustained excellence was favored over peak performance to break ties between players (see Russell Westbrook vs. Kawhi Leonard). Hope you enjoy!
First Team: LeBron James, Forward
Decade averages: 27 ppg, 8 apg, 8 rpgKey accolades: three MVPs, three Finals MVPs, three championships, 10 All-NBA selectionsNo room for any argument here, as LeBron James was easily the player of the decade, making First Team All-NBA nine straight seasons before a groin injury last season caused him to fall to Third Team. James' first season of the 2010s began with an MVP in Cleveland. Then he proceeded to go on an unprecedented run that saw him often carry his team to the NBA Finals for eight straight seasons, a feat that has only been matched by Bill Russell's Celtics of the 1950s and 1960s (during which there were only eight to 10 NBA teams). His consistent athletic and intellectual dominance over the sport for all 10 years of a single decade is paralleled only by Michael Jordan's run of six titles in the 1990s.
First Team: Kevin Durant, Forward
Decade averages: 28 ppg, 7 rpg, 4 apgKey accolades: one MVP, two Finals MVPs, two championships, nine All-NBA selections, four times PPG leaderKevin Durant was perhaps the most complicated basketball figure of the decade, as he was the only player who could claim to be LeBron's equal but spent the better part of the 2010s always finishing second to him — that is until Durant controversially joined the 73-9 Warriors despite coming inches away from beating them as a member of the Thunder. In OKC, Durant developed into perhaps the most gifted scorer in league history. With Golden State he rounded out his game, especially on the defensive end, and he became one of the most complete players the game has ever seen, winning back-to-back Finals MVPs and, as some would argue, even outdueling LeBron on the brightest stage.
First Team: Stephen Curry, Guard
Decade averages: 24 ppg, 7 apg, 5 rpgKey accolades: two MVPs, six All-NBA Selections, three championships, NBA Record 402 three-pointers in a season, one-time PPG leaderWhile LeBron and KD were more dominant the entire decade, the history books will likely look back at the 2010s as the decade that Steph Curry changed the trajectory of basketball. People often refer to highly innovative players such as Pete Maravich as having been "ahead of his time" as a player. Well, Curry's prodigious shooting and ball-handling skills synced up perhaps more perfectly than any player's ever could with the NBA's analytically driven three-point revolution. His ability to shoot with extreme accuracy from literally anywhere inside half-court shifted the gravity of the defense so dramatically that it took half a decade for the rest of the NBA to catch up with him and the Warriors.
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First Team: James Harden, Guard
Decade averages: 24 ppg, 6 rpg, 5 apgKey accolades: one MVP, six All-NBA Selections, two-time PPG Leader, one-time APG leader, most PPG in a season since 1987Although he was drafted No. 3 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, James Harden's game has made a quantum leap since his rookie season, the first year of this decade, when he averaged 10 points, three rebounds and two assists per game. By the end of the decade, Harden was doing things on offense no player since Michael Jordan had done, averaging 36.1 points per game in 2018-19. He's been arguably as good as Steph Curry in regular seasons, but his inability to take down Curry in the playoffs places him a slight notch below but still easily on the First Team All-Decade.
1st Team: Russell Westbrook, Guard
Decade averages: 24 ppg, 9 apg, 7 rpgKey accolades: one MVP, eight All-NBA Selections, three straight seasons averaging a triple-double, two-time PPG leader, two-time APG leaderRounding out the First Team All-Decade is the third member of the OKC Big Three who should have been the Team of the Decade. Russell Westbrook was a perennial All-NBA performer while playing with Kevin Durant and James Harden and an MVP player on his own. He finished off the decade by breaking Oscar Robertson's triple-double records and averaging a triple-double for three straight seasons. He'll forever be a divisive player because of his visible shortcomings, but his consistent night-to-night effort and performance was a sight to behold in the 2010s.
Second Team: Kawhi Leonard, Forward
Decade averages: 18 ppg, 6 rpg, 2 apgKey accolades: two Finals MVPs, two championships, three All-NBA Selections, two DPOYs, one-time SPG leaderFrom a playoff performance standpoint, Kawhi Leonard belongs on the First Team All-Decade. However, Leonard's regular-season performances (not to mention the season where he sat out with a mysterious quad injury) must be taken into account in this exercise. While Leonard was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, his two-way performance in the playoffs, particularly in his two championship runs, where he ended the Heat and Warriors dynasties and won Finals MVP, was some pantheon level stuff.
Second Team: Chris Paul, Guard
Decade averages: 18 ppg, 10 apg, 4 rpgKey accolades: six All-NBA Selections, six All-Defensive Teams, four-time SPG leader, two-time APG leaderCP3 is a player who, had a couple of basketballs bounced his way, would have easily made his way onto the First Team All-Decade. Whether it was getting injured at the most inopportune times or Josh Smith and Corey Brewer inexplicably catching fire to swing the momentum of a series in the Rockets' favor or having a minor melt down in the final minutes vs. the Thunder, Paul always seemed to fall short in the biggest moments of his playoff career. In spite of his playoff failures, Paul spent the entirety of the 2010s as the best pure point guard in the game, and that can never be taken from him.
Second Team: Kobe Bryant, Guard
Decade averages: 25 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apgKey accolades: four All-NBA Selections, one Finals MVP, one championshipThis one probably comes as a shock — Kobe stans probably think he's a First Team All-Decade player, and the analytically driven basketball nerds probably think he doesn't belong on any of these All-Decade teams. They're both wrong. With four consecutive First Team All-NBA Selections to start the decade, and a championship and Finals MVP in 2010, Kobe absolutely belongs on the All-Decade. However, as the advanced stats would point out, Bryant's final couple of seasons in L.A. were, in fact, detrimental to his team's success as he was one of the least efficient players in the league and squeezed every ounce out of his reputation as humanly possible.
Second Team: Anthony Davis, Forward-Center
Decade averages: 24 ppg, 11 rpg, 2 apgKey accolades: three All-NBA Selections, ROY, three-time BPG leaderThough he's only 26 years old, Anthony Davis has already made three First Team All-NBA Teams. At the end of the 2017-18 regular season, Davis was starting to gain momentum as the best player on the planet (or at least next in line after LeBron) after posting a 28 point, 11 rebound, three block per game stat line. Unfortunately his trade demand backfired and damaged his status as one of the best players on the planet. Despite having a tumultuous 2018-19 season, Davis actually put up the best per-36 numbers of his career (career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals) last year. If he stays healthy, Davis should be on next decade's Firs Team, as he will be in his prime for the first half of the 2020s.
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Second Team: Blake Griffin, Forward
Decade averages: 22 ppg, 9 rpg, 5 apgKey accolades: five All-NBA Selections, ROY, Dunked over a KiaLike Chris Paul, his teammate for six seasons on the Clippers, Blake Griffin's decade will always be weighed down by a number of "what ifs." What if his body hadn't failed him at inopportune times in the season and playoffs? What if he hadn't run out of gas in the 2015 playoffs? What if he and CP3 had gotten along better? What if Donald Sterling hadn't been the Clippers' owner? Despite the injuries, Griffin should be proud of his progression from explosive, Lob City forward to a LeBron-lite, do-it-all kind of point forward this decade. His past season with the Pistons was the best statistical season of his career, as he averaged 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game.
Third Team: Paul George, Guard-Forward
Decade averages: 20 ppg, 6 rpg, 3 apgKey accolades: five All-NBA Selections, MIP, four-time All-Defense, one-time SPG leaderKudos to Paul George for remaining inevitable this decade. After flashing superstar potential in two Eastern Conference Finals against LeBron James' Heat, George suffered one of the more grotesque leg injuries anyone has ever seen during a Team USA scrimmage. He missed all but six games the next season but miraculously came back looking better than ever the season that followed, averaging a then-career high in points and assists. Then when he became the butt of jokes for his late-game failures, he turned in two superstar seasons in OKC, the latter of which he averaged 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game and led the league in steals. Had he not injured both shoulders, he may have even had a shot at the MVP Award. (He finished third.)
Third Team: Dwyane Wade, Guard
Decade averages: 20 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apgKey accolades: four All-NBA Selections, two championships, one-time All-DefenseLike Kobe Bryant, the beginning of Dwyane Wade's 2010s were incredible, as he started the decade off with a First Team All-NBA Selection, a Second Team All-NBA Selection and two Third Team All-NBA Selections. He also went to four consecutive NBA Finals, winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. Although his knees started to go during LeBron's last season with the Heat, and he had a couple of seasons hiatus from Miami, Wade was able to maintain his effectiveness by embracing somewhat of a closer role for the Heat late in his career.
Third Team: Tim Duncan, Forward-Center
Decade averages: 15 ppg, 9 rpg, 3 apgKey accolades: three All-NBA Selections, one championship, Top Defensive Rating in NBA at age 36This was originally Carmelo Anthony's spot. Then it was LaMarcus Aldridge's spot. But the more I think about it, the more Tim Duncan deserves a spot on the All-Decade Team. Duncan's raw numbers weren't all that great, but much of that had to do with the way the Spurs utilized him to maximize the back end of his prime — his per-36 numbers were 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Duncan also has one of the better championship redemption storylines working in his favor, as he overcame arguably the most heartbreaking loss in Finals history in 2013 to eviscerate the Heat in 2014 and put an end to their Big Three. Give me Duncan over Melo and LMA any day.
Third Team: Draymond Green, Forward
Decade averages: 9 ppg, 7 rpg, 5 apgKey accolades: two All-NBA Selections, three championships, one DPOY, five-time All-Defense, one-time SPG leaderAnother deserving player whose total impact rarely shows up in a box score is Draymond Green, the defensive catalyst for the fabled Warriors dynasty of the 2010s. Though he only won Defensive Player of the Year once, Green's versatility and genius ability to guard all five positions at an elite level, protect the rim and help and recover made him the most important defensive player in the league. Further, his playmaking skills on offense allowed the Splash Brothers to maximize their legendary shooting abilities. Finally, Green's abrasive confidence and leadership style gave Golden State a mental edge over nearly all of its opponents, a bark to match its already lethal bite.
Third Team: Klay Thompson, Guard
Decade averages: 20 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apgKey accolades: two All-NBA Selections, three championships, one All-Defense, Multiple single-game/quarter scoring recordsThe final member of the All-Decade Team is the Luigi to Steph Curry's Mario: Klay Thompson. Without Thompson, the Warriors never become the Death Lineup Warriors, as his Hall of Fame shooting touch created an impossible "pick your poison" scenario for opponents trying to slow down Curry, (and, for the last three years, Kevin Durant). Moreover, Thompson's severely underrated and overlooked ability to shut down opponents' point guards (and two guards) allowed Curry to focus his energy on offense. (Look no further than the way he guarded the likes of James Harden, Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving.) Thompson was also the ultimate teammate of the 2010s, as he didn't even need to dribble to have a major impact on games — like the game where he had 60 points and dribbled only 11 times.
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