Durant speaks to the media for the first time since undergoing surgery…
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has insisted that he will not rush his comeback from foot surgery as he learns more about the game during his time on the sidelines.
Durant underwent surgery on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture last week after complaining of an “aching” during pre-season. Fortunately for the 25-year-old, the Thunder were able to identify the issue early before it became more problematic.
Nevertheless, both the player and organisation decided that surgery was the best option and Durant will now miss the next six to eight weeks during his rehabilitation process. The league MVP arrived at the press conference on a scooter, but he was in good spirits despite his setback.
“It’s definitely a different experience for me,” Durant said Tuesday.
“I’ve never been injured before, but the Thunder’s been great to get me to the best surgeon, and rehab has been going well so far. Everything is progressing, and I’m looking forward to these next few weeks of getting better.”
Durant insisted that he has no concerns over team-mate Russell Westbrook, with the point guard expected to step up and become a leader of the team in his absence. Durant faced a similar situation last season with Westbrook ruled out for 36 games due to a knee issue, and he was able to carry the Thunder to a 20-7 run which helped him secure his first MVP award.
However, Durant backed Westbrook’s claims last week that they will have to do it as a team rather than putting everything on the point guard, and he is confident that they will cope without him for the first month or so of the new season.
Meanwhile, the Thunder star insists that he will not rush back despite his desire to play, as he is aware that it could end up leading to another setback.
“I’m not going to rush it all. That’s the one thing I don’t want to do,” he said.
“I’m sure I’ll feel better in two or three weeks, but definitely don’t want to rush it and wind up hurting it even more. I’m taking my time with it. I’m just blessed it happened early in the season where I can get past it, and hopefully by December I’ll be ready to play.”