One of the big dominoes of the NBA offseason was Kevin Durant leaving the Golden State Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets. In the weeks leading up to that move, some questioned why KD even played in the NBA Finals, if he was rushed to the court and most were upset at how everything went down.
Months following his move to BK, Durant opens up about the Achilles injury and whether we should place the blame on Golden State in the first place.
He told Yahoo Sports!:
“Hell, no. How can you blame [the Warriors]? Hell, no. I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back. Nobody never said a word to me during rehab as I was coming back. It was only me and [trainer] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day. Right when the series started, I targeted Game 5. Hell, nah. It just happened. It’s basketball. S— happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game. We just need to move on from that s— because I’m going to be back playing.
“Yeah, I still think about that night. Every experience I’ve been through in the league is obviously always ingrained in my mind, but that one is definitely always going to be a huge part of my career because it’s the biggest stage and the type of injury I had. But now I look at it as me just going out there playing basketball, and I happened to get hurt. And now I’m just waiting to get back. I know it’s a huge deal to everybody else, but I just try to take it on the chin and keep it moving.”
That wasn’t it though, he also made sure to throw a shot at Toronto Raptors fans who cheered for him when he was down on the court:
“It will probably be the last time they will be in the Finals.”
Could it be the last time KD makes it to the NBA Finals as well? Only time will tell.