Kobe Bryant recently shared his thoughts on the rehabilitation process for the Brooklyn Nets’ F Kevin Durant.
Durant is expected to miss most, if not all, of the 2019-2020 NBA season due to an Achilles tear. Prior to his injury, which occurred during Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals, Durant was in the midst of a postseason for the ages, averaging 32.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1 blocks, 1.1 steals on 66.1% true shooting.
“Well, I think it’s a lot of patience. I mean, it’s different, you know, Achilles you’re not dealing with a muscle where you can, you know, work it back into shape. You have to let the tendon heal and you can’t rush it at all. So it’s a lot of being patient and then paying attention to what the doctors are saying. You have to do the physical therapy every single day and it’s boring. I mean, it’s really boring.
Bryant continued, “But you have to be able to find the small little challenges, you know, and kind of the everyday boring stuff because that is what will get you to where you wanna go.”
Kobe suffered the injury as an elder player (34) and still returned to action in eight months. Coming off one of the worst possible basketball injuries at 35 years old, Bryant saw his statistics decline greatly from 27.3 points on 46.6% from the field to 18.9 points and a 36.6% shooting percentage.
Given that Durant, 30, is much younger and has a 7-foot body that may be better suited to dealing with the setbacks, there is a chance he bounces back better than the Black Mamba.
If KD were to return to the floor within the same amount of time as Bryant, we could be looking at an early March comeback for the Nets’ best player.