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Report: Kevin Durant wonders if Warriors misled him about injury

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 6/23/2019 Steve DelVecchio, Larry Brown Sports
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Kevin Durant has yet to say anything publicly about the way the Golden State Warriors handled his calf injury, and that may be because he is still trying to figure out whether or not he feels the appropriate course of action was taken.

In a recent appearance on 95.7 The Game, NBA reporter Ric Bucher said Durant is “not really happy with how things went down” in regard to his torn Achilles. Bucher said he was told Durant is still unsure if he was misled about being able to suffer a more significant injury by playing before his calf was 100 percent healed:

“There’s an element of, ‘Was I misled as far as injuring myself coming back and playing and having a catastrophic injury like this coming off a calf strain?' We don’t know, definitively, exactly what was said, how much was said, how much he was aware of that, but I can tell you that people in the KD camp, people are running for cover because they don’t want to be holding the bag on who led him astray.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Durant tore his Achilles that he was told the worst Durant could do was tweak is original calf injury, and Bucher said it would be reasonable to assume Golden State’s medical staff told Durant the same.

“If Steve Kerr was told that, I’m sure KD was told that. And now he’s looking at the prospect of not playing for, possibly, a year and having his free agency upended,” the reporter added. “I don’t see how that makes him happier with the Warriors than he was before.”

Kerr said he would not change anything about how the Warriors handled Durant’s injury, but the comments Durant’s mother made about the situation may have been more telling. If Durant’s relationship with Golden State’s medical staff is not in a great place, that could impact his free agency decision.


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