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.
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What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way. Like I said Monday, I'm hurting deeply, but I'm OK. 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. Its 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.
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.