Following an Achilles tear, Kevin Durant believed his NBA career was “over.”

After suffering a serious Achilles tendon injury in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals while playing for the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant began to doubt his ability to play basketball in the future.


In a candid chat with longtime agent and business associate Rich Kleiman for Bleacher Report’s feature “35 at 35,” Durant recounted the agony he suffered following the injury.



That’s when Durant said, “I realized, okay, I probably won’t go back to the Bay again.” “I heard a pop in front of 20,000 people, and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh,’ and my entire basketball career just flashed before my eyes—everything I did, everything I thought about, all of my best and worst moments—all of it flashed.”


“And that’s the reason why, before someone came over to help me up, I was just sitting there staring into the crowd. I just think, “This sh– is over with,” for that reason. It’s nerve-wracking to not know who you are, and I genuinely have no idea what I’m about to become.

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