There’s excellent news and dangerous information in Tuesday’s anxiously awaited replace on Kevin Durant’s progress in his restoration and rehab from a sprained MCL suffered two weeks in the past. The excellent news is that Nets long-time medical director, Dr. Riley Williams III is “very happy” with Durant’s progress. The dangerous information is that, as had been predicted by a number of sources, Durant will miss at the very least a month of motion. He’ll be re-evaluated in one other two weeks, that means he’ll miss at the very least one other six video games on high of the six he is already missed.
Things began with the Nets launch of their medical replace…
Following Brooklyn’s press launch (in addition to your typical wow vs. Shams spins on the information), each Jacque Vaughn and Kevin Durant spoke with the media after observe. Vaughn, per standard, was upbeat in primarily reiterating the PR assertion that Durant’s rehab was progressing as anticipated.
“It appears like every thing’s headed in the proper route, actually inspired from the report from the physician. We’ll see what that appears like two weeks from now,” stated Vaughn.
Vaughn did not weigh in on the replace way more than that, although. He did not feed any crumbs to these questioning about Durant’s standing for the All-Star Game on February 19, which might be his first look as a Net:
“Not going to speculate past the two weeks. Last time we spoke it was going to be two weeks, sort of shut my thoughts off from there. [We] received the report yesterday, and we’ll do it once more two weeks from now.”
“I would like to play tomorrow if I can,” Durant stated in speaking to the media Tuesday afternoon, his first feedback since struggling the harm earlier this month. “So that is what my sense of urgency is. Obviously, I do not need to rush something. I would like to make certain I’m 100%. But yeah, I would like to play. I would like to be part of all these occasions.”
Durant, a bit surprisingly, took some accountability for the seemingly freak harm: “I’ve been by way of [someone falling on my legs] 3 times and just about each time I used to be in no man’s land, not guarding my man or not even in a assist place. I attribute all of that to principally me not being locked in at that second.”
But simply because it could have been avoidable does not imply it is simpler for the long run Hall-of-Famer to cope with. The quote of the day got here from his response to a query on if he shot round with the bum knee in the early levels of rehab: “Nah, I do not wanna tease myself like that.”
Durant additionally gave a extra critical, considerate reply on his basketball FOMO when requested if he actually desires to play in the All-Star Game, versus having extra day without work:
“I would like to play tomorrow if I can. So that is what my sense of urgency is. Obviously I do not need to rush something…however yeah, I would like to play.” He would add “I would like to be part of all these occasions, I missed going again to Golden State, my earlier house. It’s been three years since I did that; you see all these things go you by once you get injured.”
If there’s a constructive, irrespective of how small, to this harm scenario, it is that we get to hear the league’s foremost basketball addict overtly ponder what the sport, each nook and cranny of it, means to him. And the quotes from at this time’s look exemplify Durant’s late-career transition right into a basketball sage.
He continued, “I wasn’t feeling sorry for myself, or ‘why me?’ I used to be similar to ‘s**t, one other yr not enjoying in opposition to my previous teammates, one other yr, at that time, perhaps lacking the All-Star Game, not enjoying in opposition to LeBron James once more at house, stuff like that that I look ahead to to On high of simply enjoying each sport; I look ahead to that stuff as nicely.”
If there’s one factor Nets followers do not have to fear about or query, it is how their all-everything star assaults rehab, his want to get again on the court docket and proceed enjoying. In a sea of uncertainty, that is received to be the slightest of calm waters for Brooklyn supporters to navigate.
And, lastly, we ended with a enjoyable tidbit about Durant’s persona whereas watching video games from house: “No disrespect, I really like Meghan [Triplett] however it’s on mute. I really like my guys, Sarah [Kustok]I really like all y’all, however it’s often on mute, I’m not too animated, simply enjoyable I suppose.”
Last season, Durant went down across the similar time in the season and missed 21 video games. Brooklyn went 5-16, together with an 11-game shedding streak. Durant declined to examine this yr’s rehab with final yr’s though varied experiences have indicated that this yr’s MCL sprain is just not as dangerous.
Durant stated there have been too many variables to examine this season to final, when the Nets collapsed after he was damage final January.
“I’m not even taking a look at it like that,” Durant stated. “It’s a special yr, a special time. It seems like the identical scenario, however it’s a special time. It’s arduous to examine something.
“It’s all the time powerful when one in every of your major guys goes out of the lineup and also you’re making an attempt to readjust on the fly like that. It’s going to take a while. It took us 4 video games. Luckily, we have been nonetheless 12, 13 video games over .500, so it was cool to take that little stretch and be taught so we might get higher transferring ahead. It was powerful to undergo, however it was a lot wanted to take these lumps.”
Durant was initially identified with a sprained MCL again on January 9, with the Nets saying their All-everything ahead would be re-evaluated in two weeks. With the Nets having traveled on Monday, this was the primary time followers discovered about Durant’s progress … and when he would possibly return.
For Vaughn and perhaps Sean Marks, the extra two weeks will present time for planning issues out. Vaughn advised reporters in San Francisco that he hasn’t been asking for updates, spending his time on who’s obtainable now.
“Yeah, I actually sort of stated in two weeks let me know one thing,” Vaughn stated. “So in addition to that, I have not requested for an replace and I’m wanting ahead to the two-week replace.”
Durant didn’t journey with the group out West, selecting to rehab again in Brooklyn. But in accordance to a report Thursday by TNT’s Jared Greenberg, quoting Marks, Durant was nonetheless in a knee brace. That would appear to point out that there’ll be no fast return … and there have been experiences on the time of the harm that lacking 4 weeks was the most definitely situation.
KD was seen Saturday evening at a Drake live performance at New York’s Apollo Theater.
The Nets play once more on Wednesday in Philadelphia the primary time since final season’s massive commerce that James Harden and Ben Simmons will face off. Then, following a return house to face the Pistons on Thursday, the Nets have numerous massive video games on the schedule. In order: the Knicks on Saturday, the Lakers on Monday, then a visit to Boston to meet the Celtics on the next Wednesday, February 1, which might additionally mark 4 weeks since KD’s preliminary analysis. It will get a little bit simpler after that: Brooklyn has a five-game, nine-day house stretch. Then, February 19 is the All-Star Game in Utah.