Latest Kevin Durant Update From Doctor and Trainer Proves He May Never Be the Same Again

Golden State Warriors v Toronto Raptors - Game Five
Golden State Warriors v Toronto Raptors - Game Five / Claus Andersen

The Warriors' decision to medically clear Kevin Durant for Game 5 of the NBA Finals may have permanently altered the career of arguably the best and most consistent player in the game.

Following the surgery to repair his torn Achilles, both a doctor and trainer agree that Durant will never be the same again.

"He's not going to be an 82-game-a-year," said a doctor.

"I think you're going to likely see at least a step back," added trainer Jeff Stotts. "At least, that's what the studies show—that there is going to be a dip in productivity."

It's a tough pill to swallow. It seems unlikely that fans will ever get to see Durant's true dominance again.

Approaching the age of 31, the road to recovery is likely to be an arduous one for Durant. After all, rehabbing an injury of this magnitude is difficult at any age.

We shouldn't count Durant out entirely, but the odds are decidedly against him given his age and the severity of his injury.