Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant confirmed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon and has undergone surgery to repair it.

The announcement, which was posted on Instagram, came after coach Steve Kerr declined to provide an update Wednesday.

Now we’re finding out just exactly what the expectations will be when KD actually gets healthy, and heads back on the court. 

Via B/R

“It’s hard to return to an elite level of play following that type of injury,” Stotts said, “especially in basketball, with the constant, sudden, start-stop jumping motion that the calf and the Achilles are critical and vital to.”

“He’s not going to be an 82-game-a-year,” said a doctor.

“I think you’re going to likely see at least a step back,” added trainer Jeff Stotts. “At least, that’s what the studies show—that there is going to be a dip in productivity.”

So here’s the deal…

A player cannot use the injured leg while recovering from the surgery. Regaining the full strength is nearly impossible according to the experts. 

That being said, KD’s strong suit was never his legs. 

They’re like toothpicks. 

He’ll still be able to create open looks for himself whenever he wants. 

He was never Michael Jordan when it came to explosiveness. 

We’ll all just have to wait and see what happens. 

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