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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has shared some words of wisdom with Kevin Durant after the Oklahoma City Thunder star was sidelined with a fractured foot.
Durant is set to be re-evaluated in about four weeks after suffering a small fracture in his right foot which required surgery last month.
The Thunder are struggling in his absence after starting the season 1-4, with point guard Russell Westbrook also sidelined with a fractured hand sustained in the game against the Los Angeles Clippers last week.
Coach Scott Brooks is also dealing with various other injury problems and so there are real doubts over whether the Thunder have enough to cope without their stars before making a push for the top half of the Western Conference ahead of Christmas.
Nevertheless, Durant is in a more positive mind-set after speaking with Bryant, with the Lakers veteran playing in just six games last season due to a fractured knee.
“Kobe reached out to me at one point right after I got out of surgery,” Durant told ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” on Tuesday.
“We played a preseason game, and I was sitting on the sideline, and I was just wanting to get into the game. I just asked him, how’d he do it? What was his thought process? He just told me, he tried to learn the game as much as he can from the sideline and be the best teammate he can be and support all the guys.
“From a guy like Kobe that stood out to me, just knowing he’s at the top of his game, but always trying to get better in all aspects, I learned a lot just from that conversation. It was big for me.”
Durant has missed a total of 16 games in his seven-year NBA career and so this significant setback will undoubtedly have been difficult for him to adjust to.
Nevertheless, he believes he has “put everything in perspective” after talking to Bryant and will try to play as much of a leadership role from the bench during his injury spell.
In addition, Durant insisted that he wasn’t thinking about his pending free agency in 2016, with speculation suggesting that he could consider a return to his hometown and play for the Washington Wizards.