Coronavirus may allow Kevin Durant to play in 2019-20 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

If the NBA season does resume, there are question marks on if Kevin Durant will even play this year. Before the coronavirus pandemic, Durant missed the entire season.

Durant and his representatives have previously said that he would not play this season. Then, the coronavirus pandemic happened.

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant watches as his team plays against the Los Angeles Lakers
Kevin Durant watches as his team plays against the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by the Associated Press/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

He was injured last June and torn his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. He signed with the Brooklyn Nets, as a free agent last July.

Nets General Manager Sean Marks has not officially ruled out that Durant will miss the season now with this month-plus break.

“That’s a $110 million question,” Marks said. “In all seriousness, we’ve tried not to talk about his timeline a lot. He knows his body better than anybody. Our performance team and training staff have done a tremendous job getting him to this point, but I just don’t know how coming out of this pandemic will affect anybody, let alone Kevin.

“When the timing is right, he’ll be 100 percent when he gets on the court. I can tell you this though — before the pandemic, he looked like Kevin Durant and that’s a good thing.”

The NBA has been shut down since March 11th when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. If Durant is officially ready to play following this unexpected opportunity, then it’ll be up to the Nets training staff if they will clear him whenever play does resume — if it does at all.

If the Nets do have an opportunity to make the playoffs, Durant could help improve the team’s prospects if they do get that opportunity. Kyrie Irving — who also signed with the Nets last off-season — had surgery and was scheduled to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury before the pandemic hit the United States.  

“It’s not like we’re not throwing stuff on the wall, because we are,” he said. “We’re throwing stuff up there like, ‘what if this happens, what if that happens… what are the circumstances we would need to return’. Nobody quite knows what the new normal will be. The new normal we were predicting a week ago is vastly different to the one we’re predicting right now … things are changing so quickly.”

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