NBA sensation Kevin Durant, who hasn’t played since he ripped his Achilles tendon a year ago, said he wouldn’t make his Brooklyn Nets debut when the season resumes at Orlando in late July.
“My season is ending. I don’t plan on playing at all. We decided last summer that I was just going to wait until the next season when it first happened. I had no plans to play this season at all,” Durant said in a Friday interview with The Undefeated during the 2019-2020 season.
As the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, the NBA suspended its season on 11 March, leaving the professional sport in North America at a standstill.
The board of governors of the league on Thursday gave the green light to a plan to restart the season on July 31 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, without spectators.
Following up the news was speculation as to whether Durant would appear. Durant, who in his 2017 and 2018 championship runs was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the Golden State Warriors, ruptured his right Achilles tendon in last June’s NBA Finals. He then left California to join Brooklyn, where fans hoped he would form a formidable duet with Kyrie Irving, who also arrived last summer.
“Waiting is just easier for me. I don’t think I’m able to play this level of pressure over the next month right now, “Durant said.
He said his rehab was going well, however. “I’m doing very well. Working out every single day. I’m on a run. I feel like an ordinary player again,” he told The Undefeated.
Plans to revive the league were accepted Friday by the players’ association, although some specifics remain to be ironed out.