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Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant doesn’t want any fans to expect to see him on the floor this season.

The Kevin Durant era has begun for the Brooklyn Nets. Well, sort of. The team is entering their inaugural campaign with him a part of the organization. However, Durant is still nursing a ruptured Achilles suffered in June’s NBA Finals.

There was some speculation from fans that maybe, just maybe, Durant could be ready to go earlier than expected. That if the team was lucky enough, their new star forward would be healthy enough by at some point this season. However, Durant doesn’t want fans to get there hopes up for an early return.

“I’m still human,” Durant said of the possibility of returning faster than expected during an appearance on “Ebro in the Morning” on Hot 97. “It’s taking a lot of time. [It’s an] everyday process. It’s tough to dive into it every day, 2 to 3 hours of just rehab, just trying to get back strong. But, there’s no accelerated process. I’m working just like everybody else whoever tore an Achilles.”

Durant then answered “yes” to if Nets fans should go into this season expecting to not see him play.

It’s the right move for Durant. Despite the great player he is and what he’d add to this Nets team, rehabilitation comes first. Brooklyn absolutely cannot rush him back and must allow him to take his time with this process.

The Nets will begin their three-game preseason slate this coming Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30 a.m. ET.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.