Kevin Durant, initially told he’d miss rest of season, ‘just burst out crying’

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Kevin Durant hurt his knee Feb. 28 — an injury that struck fear into the Warriors and his camp.

Durant on The Bill Simmons Podcast:

The first diagnosis we got was that I broke my leg, fractured my tibia. And that’s a four-, five-month recovery.

I just burst out crying.

And I’m like, “Man, not again.” Know what I’m saying? First of all, this is my first year with the team. We’re playing very well at the time. I was playing well individually. It was definitely a good time for our team, you know what I mean? And we were on an East Coast road trip, back home, playing in front of my family.

And then on top of that, I knew that’s what everybody wanted to see, first of all.

Not everybody, but a lot of people.

That timeline would have kept Durant out for the entire postseason. Thankfully for Golden State and Durant, a second look revealed a much shorter recovery period. He might even return in the regular season.

Durant said the belief he’d miss the rest of the season lasted about a half hour. When he and his camp got the updated prognosis, they fist pumped and hugged. Durant:

That emotional roller coaster that hour, it was something out of a movie.

This should be a lesson about the perilousness of a championship chase — that, no matter how talented the team, nothing is guaranteed.

But, if the Warriors win the title, the prevailing narrative will undoubtably be about how signing Durant to a 73-win team preordained the banner.