Kevin Durant has set the document straight about whether or not the Warriors pressured him to return from harm and play in opposition to the Raptors within the 2019 NBA Finals.
The now-Nets star opened up Tuesday in regards to the occasions main as much as the ruptured Achilles he suffered within the first half of Recreation 5. In response to him, Golden State’s workers would not deserve the blame.
“Hell, no. How can you blame (the Warriors)? Hell, no,” Durant instructed Yahoo Sports activities. “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.”
Durant had strained his calf in a second-round collection in opposition to the Rockets and missed the crew’s sweep of the Path Blazers. When Durant lastly stepped again on the court docket within the championship collection, he torched Toronto for 11 factors in 12 minutes earlier than struggling the potential career-altering harm.
Durant stated he is targeted on shifting ahead and making a comeback.
“Yeah, I still think about that night,” Durant stated. “Every experience I’ve been through in the league is obviously always ingrained in my mind, but that one is definitely always going to be a huge part of my career because it’s the biggest stage and the type of injury I had. But now I look at it as me just going out there playing basketball, and I happened to get hurt. And now I’m just waiting to get back. I know it’s a huge deal to everybody else, but I just try to take it on the chin and keep it moving.”
Durant will play alongside his shut pals Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan in Brooklyn. When Durant was requested why he joined a crew that completed 2018-19 with a 42-40 document and was eradicated within the first spherical of the playoffs, he stored his reply brief and candy.
“Because I wanted to,” Durant stated. “The basketball was appealing.”
Durant averaged 26.zero factors, 6.four rebounds and 5.9 assists for the Warriors final season and was named Finals MVP twice in his three years with the crew. Whereas he’ll seemingly miss all of 2019-20, it seems like he is content material together with his new crew.
“If I was leaving the Warriors, it was always going to be for the Nets,” Durant stated. “They got the pieces and a creative front office. I just like what they were building.”