Kevin Durant is here to put the kibosh once and for all on any rumors that he left the Golden State Warriors out of spite related to his calf injury that hampered him throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
The Brooklyn Nets superstar claims that he has not hate in his heart for the Warriors medical staff, despite rumblings that his calf injury was misdiagnosed and led to his Achilles tear.
How can you blame [the Warriors]? Hell, no,” Durant said this week to Yahoo's Chris Haynes. “I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back. Nobody never said a word to me during rehab as I was coming back...It just happened. It’s basketball. [Expletive] happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game. We just need to move on from that [expletive] because I’m going to be back playing.”
While Durant is insistent that his injury did not affect his relationship with the Warriors, it could have been one of the factors that drove him towards the Nets.
The Nets' team doctor is Martin O'Malley, who also performed Durant's Achilles surgery. As we've seen with KD, Kawhi Leonard, and Isaiah Thomas, a star player having full trust in their medical staff is a necessity in today's NBA. Without it, there's no path forward.
While Warriors fans still aren't over the sting of losing KD, at least this gives them some closure, as it appears he doesn't have a lot of ill will towards the franchise.