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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thunder Injury Update: Kevin Durant in no rush to be back, says injury is a 'win-win'

By on 10/23/2014 11:30:00 AM

Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant spoke with media Tuesday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot.
The reigning league MVP rolled into the conference on a scooter, and said, "It's definitely a different experience for me. I've never been injured before."

Although he isn't happy to be missing the start of the season, Royce Young of ESPN reported Durant said he's trying to look at the positive aspect of sitting out. "I feel like Nick Saban, just rolling around in my scooter from court to court giving advice and trying to help out as much as I can," he said. "I'm looking at the positive side of it. It's a win-win, basically, because I'm learning a lot while I'm out about the game, and my teammates are getting lots of opportunities because there are a lot of minutes out there to help the team."

One of the biggest opportunities will be given to point guard Russell Westbrook, who last season missed 36 games because of complications following surgery to repair a torn meniscus. It was noted that Durant went above and beyond his usual game in Westbrook's absence, and carried the team to a 20-7 record from Christmas to the All-Star break.

"Nothing has to change. Just stay who he is and continue to play the way he plays, and everybody is going to follow. He's going to to a great job. I'm not worried about Russ," Durant said of Westbrook. "[He] may get more opportunities now, but you don't have to change what you do. He knows that. He's a smart player. He knows we all have to do it as a team, and it's going to be fun. Im excited to see the team play."

The 26-year-old also took the time to tell media he isn't in any hurry to get back on the court. "I'm not going to rush it all. That's the one thing I don't want to do. I'm sure I'll feel better in two or three weeks, but definitely don't want to rush it and wind up hurting even more. I'm taking my time with it. I'm blessed it happened early in the season where I can get past it, and hopefully by December I'll be ready to play."

Durant is going to be re-evaluated in about five weeks, when a timetable will be established.

By Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons
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