Kevin Durant’s mom revealed her son is “having a rough time right now” in the aftermath of the serious Achilles tendon injury that knocked him out of the NBA Finals.
“Emotionally, it’s a little tough for him,” Wanda Durant said about her son Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “He’s having a rough time right now.”
Durant suffered the devastating injury early in the second quarter of the Warriors’ eventual Game 5 victory on Monday.
“It’s still kind of hurtful to see the anguish in his eyes,” Wanda said when recalling the moment her son went down on the court in Toronto.
Shortly after his injury, though, Durant had some comforting words for his mother.
“He just told me not to cry,” Wanda said. “He just told me he was going to be OK and don’t worry.”
"He just told me not to cry. … He just told me he was going to be okay and don't worry."
— ESPN (@espn) June 12, 2019
Neither the Warriors nor Durant’s camp have released the results of an MRI he reportedly had in New York on Tuesday. The fear is that Durant, who battled for a month to recover from a strained right calf, ruptured his Achilles tendon in the same leg.
“With the love of our faith and our God and our family, we’re going to be OK,” Wanda said when asked about the prognosis of her son’s injury.
However, she had an interesting reply when asked if perhaps the Warriors and their team doctors may have erred in allowing Kevin to play on Monday.
“They said that he could play,” Wanda said. “And, so we still have to analyze that and see if they made the right decision. That’s kind of up in the air right now.”
Kevin Durant has a big decision to make in about three weeks about his future. He’s expected to opt out of the final year of his two-year, $61 million deal with the Warriors by June 29 and become a free agent. Despite his debilitating injury that likely sidelines him for most if not all of next season, the Warriors and many other NBA teams are expected to offer him a max contract.