Kevin Durant Doesn’t Blame His Injury On Golden State: Nobody Was Responsible!
As the former NBA MVP recovers from his devastating season ending injury from the NBA Finals, newly signed Brooklyn Nets guard, Kevin Durants breaks his silence on his former team, the Golden State Warriors. Golden State was criticized by some, for allowing the 10-time All-Star player to return to the game, from a Grade 2 right calf strain. In his first interview since tearing his right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Durant says that he isn’t blaming the Warriors at all. Durant strongly says,
“Hell, no. How can you blame the Warriors? Hell, no.”
“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.”
He continues, saying he is ready to move on from his injury,
“We just need to move on from that s— because I’m going to be back playing.”
Durant says about signing with the Nets over the Warriors,
“If I was leaving the Warriors, it was always going to be for the Nets. They got the pieces and a creative front office. I just like what they were building.”
After signing his four-year, $164 million deal with his new team in Brooklyn, he change his jersey number to 7. He recently shared the news via his business, 35 Ventures, as he explained the significance of his now former number, 35.
“35 took my family and me from Seat Pleasant, MD and showed us the world. 35 allowed me to meet people that I never would’ve had the chance to meet, experience things I would never have had the chance to experience, and achieve things that I never would have been able to achieve. 35 allowed me to go to the University of Texas to play basketball, 35 allowed me to achieve my dream of playing in the NBA in Seattle.
35 allowed me to play basketball in Oklahoma City and form bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime. Lastly, 35 allowed me to go to the Bay Area and win two championships and form brotherhoods that no time or distance will ever break. 35 was chosen in honor of someone very near and dear to me. I will always honor him and honor the number 35.
But as I start this new chapter in my basketball life, the number I’ll be wearing on my back is the number 7 next time you see me on the floor. One time Brooklyn.”
It’s unclear when Durant will make his debut in Brooklyn, with many projecting he will miss all of next season to recover from the injury that has ruined so many NBA careers.
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