Kevin Durant underwent surgery on Wednesday for a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Golden State Warriors player announced, as head coach Steve Kerr defended the decision to play the four-times NBA leading scorer in game five of the NBA finals.
Durant said the surgery, less than 48 hours after he sustained the injury on Monday against the Toronto Raptors, had been successful.
Kevin Durant drops to the court clutching his calf in the second quarter of NBA finals game five.Credit:ninevms
"Our feeling was the worst thing that could happen would be a re-injury of the calf.
"Once Kevin was cleared to play he was comfortable with that, we were comfortable with that, so the Achilles came as a complete shock."
Durant, 30, will miss at least the start of next season, because complete recovery from his type of injury can take up to a year.
Where Durant will play when he returns is another question.
He becomes a free agent at the end of the season, and before Monday's injury there had been feverish speculation about whether he would stay with the Warriors.
The injury could prompt other teams to re-evaluate plans to make a play towards acquiring him.
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