“Like I said Monday, I’m hurting deeply, but I’m OK,” Durant writes. He adds that the surgery to repair his torn Achilles tendon was a success, and “My road back starts now!”
While the sports world reels andcasts blamefor an injury that could severely impact Durant’s career on the court, Durant strikes a positive note in his post Wednesday afternoon, saying, “Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat.” He adds, “It’s just the way things go in this game and I’m proud that I gave it all I physically could, and I’m proud my brothers got the W. It’s going to be a journey but I’m built for this. I’m a hooper. I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering with Dub Nation while they do it.”
Durant is, mostly likely, going to be sidelined for most if not all of the 2019-2020 season as he recovers. As theEast Bay Times explains, “It has typically taken NBA athletes anywhere between 8 to 12 months to recover from an Achilles injury, with factors ranging on the players’ age, their talent, their role and the quality of the organization’s teaming staff.”
Durant turns 31 in September, and the East Bay Times says that “puts him in a gray area pertaining to his recovery.”
Teammate DeMarcus Cousins just came back from an Achilles injury which took him nearly a fully year to recover from.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Warriors are practicing and revving up for Game 6 on Thursday at the Roar-acle.