Golden State Warriors general manager and president of basketball operations Bob Myers fought back tears during a press conference in which he revealed that Kevin Durant suffered an Achilles injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Durant returned after being held out of the playoffs since May 8 due to a calf injury, but collapsed on a routine play, and a visibly upset Myers confirmed that the superstar forward damaged his Achilles, taking responsibility for the decision to play him.
The Warriors believe Kevin Durant’s MRI on Tuesday will confirm a torn right Achilles’ tendon, league sources tell me and @wojespn
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“Kevin, it's an Achilles injury. I don't know the extent of it. He'll have an MRI tomorrow. Prior to coming back he went through four weeks with a medical team, and it was thorough and it was experts and multiple MRIs and multiple doctors, and we felt good about the process,” Myers explained.
”He was cleared to play tonight; that was a collaborative decision. I don't believe there's anybody to blame, but I understand in this world and if you have to, you can blame me. 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.”
President of Basketball Operations Bob Myers delivers an emotional and sobering update on Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury. pic.twitter.com/rBoQe5lnu1
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