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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thunder Injury Update: Kobe Bryant reaches out to Kevin Durant


By on 11/06/2014 08:23:00 AM

After Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant's surgery ended successfully on his injured foot, he got a call from a certain future Hall of Famer who also had to recently sit on the sidelines for an extended period of time—Kobe Bryant, according to ESPN. Durant spoke with ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning about their conversation:

Kobe reached out to me at one point right after I got out of surgery. 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 will be re-evaluated in about four weeks to see how his surgery went—one that repaired a small fracture in his right foot. Before this injury which will cause him to miss a significant amount of time this season, Durant had only missed 16 games in his seven-year NBA career.
Even though [Bryant's] injury was worse than mine—he was out for longer—every time I don't play, I still feel as though something is missing from yourself. It was good to hear from him and put everything in perspective. 
With the particular fracture KD experienced, a Jones fracture, the timetable for his recovery is six to eight weeks following surgery. In addition to Russell Westbrook being out for at least a month with a fractured hand, the Thunder certainly have their work cut out for them until their two All-Stars return to action.

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