Kevin Durant has stated that he didn’t know he was at high risk for re-injury in the NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors.
It was a moment that had NBA fans all over the world holding their breath. After being sidelined for over a month, Kevin Durant made his triumphant return to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. This heartwarming moment didn’t last long as Durant fell with a torn Achilles before the end of the first half.
This has led to rampant speculations. Fans question if Durant was truly ready to return to the court. Many assumed the Warriors front office pressured KD to rush his recovery in order to get him back into the lineup. Durant’s newest teammate and best friend, Kyrie Irving, has even stated his opinion on the matter.
“We all know K (Durant) was not ready to play in that environment,” Irving told reporters. Irving reiterated the idea that so many of us had about Durant’s return.
However, it seems that KD is of a different opinion. In a recent interview with Hot 97 radio in Brooklyn, Durant stated that he had no idea he was of high risk for injury when he returned. This matches the statements he told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports earlier in August when he said “How can you blame? Hell, no.” referring to the idea that the Warriors were to blame for his injury.
Durant went to explain that he planned on playing in the Finals regardless of what anybody said to him. He is a competitor and was eager to perform on the biggest stage in all of basketball. It’s unfortunate that he fell with an injury. As Durant said himself, “Sh** happens.”
Hopefully, this injury will not have a longterm effect on the two-time Finals MVP career. At 31-years of age, Durant still has plenty of time to add to his impressive resume.