Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash has revealed that there is a strong chance Kevin Durant returns from a hamstring strain this coming week. Durant, who has missed the past seven weeks due to a hamstring injury, could return as early as Monday against the New York Knicks.
"I am not certain on Monday," Nash said, per ESPN. "I think it's an outside possibility, but I also couldn't say he's in any stretch probable for Monday. I think it's just wait and see. But it does look positive that this week sometime, there's a high probability he can return."
After suffering an injury, Durant didn't think he would be this long absent. "Initially, I didn't think it was that bad, just a regular strain," Durant said. "Then we got a second scan and they say it was a little deeper than that.
It was one of those things where I'm not feeling a ton of pain, but you don't want to force one of these injuries and make it worse." Nets head coach Nash also acknowledged that playing without Durant wasn't easy, "I think a lot of first-year teams struggle to compete for a championship if for no other reason than that collective history and experience," Nash said.
"So, that's something we have to accept and have to overcome."
Durant has a new teammate
After LaMarcus Aldridge decided to split ways with the San Antonio Spurs, he decided to sign with the Nets. "I'm not here to be an All-Star," Aldridge said, per ESPN.
"That's not what I'm trying to do. I'm just trying to bring the value, try to bring the things I'm good at and trying to help this team win. I'm not worried about being an All-Star anymore." Nets coach Nash is thrilled to have Aldridge on the team.
"He has the ability to make 3-pointers, so that opens the floor up," Nets coach Nash said. "He understands that this is a different role and a different team. I want him to find that natural balance between the way he has traditionally played and the way we play."
Aldridge is comfortable with whichever role given.' ' Aldridge is comfortable with whichever role given. "I mean, if you could start, you're always going to start," Aldridge said. "I think anyone that's competitive will say, yeah, they want that and they're going to fight for that, so I'm definitely trying to do my job and hopefully I get it."