KD’s injury came at an inopportune time. But as he shares on Boardroom’s “The ETCs” podcast, he’s getting back in the swing of things.
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No matter the sport, it’s always scary watching a superstar limp off the court or field, favoring their knee. But after a few tense moments, Kevin Durant escaped serious injury and now he’s on the relatively short road back to the court.
“I’m feeling good, man,” KD said on this week’s episode of Boardroom’s “The ETCs” podcast. “It stung for a couple of days but now I’m getting back in the swing of things.”
For Kevin, there is a hint of similarity to this injury. Back in February 2017, a strikingly similar play occurred, with a teammate crashing into his left leg. An almost identical scenario played out, as he initially thought the injury was much more serious than it ended up being.
“The uncertainty was driving me crazy,” he said.
In 2017, he was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and a bone bruise. Kevin returned before the playoffs that year, and the rest is literally history as the Warriors went 16-1 in the playoffs on the road to the championship.
This year, his diagnosis was similar — a sprained MCL — and while there is no announced timetable, there is optimism about his eventual return.
“You kind of know the ones, especially if you had a few injures before so I know it was a little deeper. This one felt like alright I maybe need to go walk to the back,” Kevin said of his immediate reaction to the injury. “But I’m glad it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”
Now, as Kevin recovers, the Brooklyn Nets look forward to the stretch run of the season. And as most of the league seems bogged down in the grind of the midseason and typical January NBA swoon, they must find a way to gel as their championship aspirations remain.
“It’s annoying, but it’s a part of the game,” he said of the injury, particularly given the timing. This came right as Kyrie Irving returned in a part-time role and starting guard Joe Harris began working his way back onto the court.
“You cherish those little moments that we had with each other out there,” KD said. “And once we get back on the floor together you go back to those moments and pull from that so we can make adjustments and figure stuff out on the fly. But we had a few test runs with this group and we can lean on that.”