Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant has suffered a massive blow after sustaining an Achilles injury which will rule him out for a lengthy period of time.
The perennial All-Star and two-time NBA finals MVP could be as little as three weeks away from free agency.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers gave the news about Durant’s injury after Game 5 of the NBA finals on Tuesday morning.
The results of an MRI test will reveal the status of the Achilles injury, with fears that a full tear will leave Durant in rehabilitation for months.
“He’s one of the most misunderstood people,” Myers said. “He’s a good teammate, he’s a good person, it’s not fair.
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“I’m lucky to know him. I don’t have all the information on what really the extent of what it all means until we get an MRI, but the people that worked with him and cleared him are good people, they’re good people.”
Myers said Durant’s first injury of this post-season was a calf injury, as the Warriors have insisted throughout. Myers also said that he is willing to accept the blame for the decision to play Durant in Game 5. Golden State won 106-105, cutting Toronto’s lead in the NBA finals to 3-2.
“I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand in this world and if you have to, you can blame me,” Myers said.
“I run our basketball operations department. And to tell you something about Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant loves to play basketball, and the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong.”