The entire basketball community was stunned when Kevin Durant tore his Achilles in the NBA Finals. Many people questioned if the Warriors pressured him to return for the final few games of the series.
Golden State received loads of criticism for allowing Durant to return for Game 5 of the Finals. However, all the negative remarks made toward the medical staff were potentially out of line.
With the offseason fairly quiet at this point, Durant decided to open up about this past season.
Durant spoke to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports! about his injury in the Finals, his decision to leave and what factors went into his decision.
Before discussing his future in Brooklyn, he quickly cleared the air on whether or not Golden State forced him to return in the postseason.
He’s not blaming the Warriors’ medical staff for his devastating injury.
“Hell, no. How can you blame [the Warriors]? Hell, no,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back. Nobody never said a word to me during rehab as I was coming back. It was only me and [director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day. Right when the series started, I targeted Game 5. Hell, nah. It just happened. It’s basketball. S— happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game. We just need to move on from that s— because I’m going to be back playing.”
It was a wise move on Durant’s part to share his feelings on what took place in the Finals. Throughout the offseason there was speculation as to why he decided to play in Game 5.
The current expectation is that Durant will miss most, if not all, of next season.
When he officially returns to the hardwood, it’ll be interesting to see how he handles being the face of the Brooklyn Nets.
You can read Durant’s full comments on everything that’s transpired in the NBA’s craziest offseason ever in the link below.