Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has shared a positive update on his condition as he claims he is feeling good but underlined that he is not rushing with anything. Durant, a two-time NBA champion, suffered an Achilles injury in the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
Durant, who signed with the Nets in the summer of 2019, missed all of last season recovering from his Achilles injury. "I feel good playing," Durant said, per ESPN. "I am just taking it a day at a time."
Durant, the No. 2 pick of the 2007 NBA draft, has dealt with injuries throughout his career but never before it took so long for him to recover from an injury or a surgery. "I have been through surgeries and injuries before but the longest recovery was three months," Durant acknowledged.
"The first phase of the Achilles [recovery] was three months. You can't walk around, you have to use a scooter."
Durant won't be backing down on the court
Durant has been one of the most dominant players in the league for the last decade as he is a 10-time NBA All Star, four-time NBA scoring champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP and one-time league MVP.
"I've worked as hard as I could," Durant said. "I've been in the league 14 years; even if I didn't have an Achilles, I wouldn't be at 100 percent. It's just wear and tear over time. [But] I feel solid."
Durant, 32, has suggested that he will go out and play as hard as he can when he officially makes a comeback. "I just try to play and not worry about it," he said. "Sometimes you tend to focus too much on not getting injured and you probably go out there and get injured.
So, I try to go as hard as I can and live with the results." Meanwhile, Nets coach Steve Nash admitted it's unlikely that Durant and star guard Kyrie Irving would play in all of 72 regular season games this upcoming season.
"It's been such a layoff for both of them and in particular Kevin, with coming off one of the toughest injuries to deal with as a basketball player," Nash said. "We have to be very careful with him and his adaptation process back into the game.
Kevin has done everything you could ever have asked to put himself in this position. Perhaps we have to protect him from himself in a way because he brings so much joy and passion to the sport."