Kevin Durant is reportedly close to returning to the floor after a scary knee injury that turned out to be “only” a torn MCL and a bone bruise. However, Durant’s future wasn’t immediately clear when the injury took place back in February during a game against the Washington Wizards, and the Golden State Warriors forward opened up about the time period following the contest on a recent episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast.
Durant’s original diagnosis was (much) worse than what actually transpired, and he indicated that to Simmons.
“The first diagnosis we got was that I broke my leg, fractured my tibia, and that’s a four or five month recovery,” Durant said. “I just bust out crying. I’m like not again.”
From there, Durant sheds light on the fact that he began to consider his timetable of recovery and the rough journey ahead before hearing that his issue was much less severe.
“That reaction in the car was like second to none. That emotional roller coaster that hour, was something out of a movie.”
It is impossible to fully understand what would pass through a top-tier athlete’s mind in a situation such as this but Durant does a phenomenal job of opening up his thoughts for the world to hear in this situation. As you might expect, that was not the only interesting tidbit from Durant during the lengthy sit-down, and he even spoke extensively about his relationship with Russell Westbrook. Still, Durant’s thoughts on his injury are a reminder that even the best of the best are human and experience the fear and emotion that anyone would during a period of uncertainty and fear.