When Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant went down in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals grasping his right foot, everyone around the NBA world immediately feared the worst. Those fears have been confirmed by Durant himself on Instagram, who announced that he already has undergone surgery for a ruptured Achilles. A rupture is also known as a complete tear, which is the same injury DeMarcus Cousins had in 2018.
Achilles injuries can take anywhere from six months to a year to recover from, so it's entirely possible that we won't see Durant for the 2019-20 season.
Durant's injury came during his first game in a month following a serious calf injury. While Durant looked mobile and comfortable on the floor, he clearly was not 100 percent.
It goes without saying that this changes the whole dynamic of the league, as his free agency destination was going to be the talking point of the NBA offseason. Given the possibility he might have to sit out a year, will teams still fork over all that money for a 31-year-old with an Achilles injury?
Durant is arguably the best player in the league, but had to suffer the most debilitating injury known to a basketball player. If there is any justice in the world, he'll bounce right back from this and return to the same KD we know and love.