Don't Let a Choked Up Bob Myers Distract You From the Fact That Kevin Durant Shouldn't Have Been Playing Last Night
Well, that was...a lot. That's not to call into question the sincerity of Bob Myers' words, as he went above and beyond effusive in expressing his respect for Kevin Durant as both a player and a person. Still, that was a lot. Especially so when you consider that it managed to do very little to convince anyone that an athlete who was likely on the verge of testing free agency should have been on the court out of desperation when he was apparently one minor misstep away from a career-altering aggravation, exacerbation, or byproduct of an already existing injury.
There were plenty of knowledgable people that still remained skeptical that what spent the last four weeks hampering KD was more achilles-related than calf-related, so it would be quite the untimely and unfortunate coincidence for the former to tear if only the latter was thought to be at risk. Whether that miscalculation made by the Warriors' medical staff was influenced by them working on behalf of the best interests of the organization that employs them, as opposed to the best interests of its most talented player, we'll probably never know. What we do know, however, is that it absolutely was a miscalculation.
At the end of the day, it was KD's decision to give it a go in a pivotal Game 5 with his team's season on the line. That much is certain. Why that go was 'full' and without any sort or minutes restriction, despite him being entirely unable to compete in the NBA Finals as of three days prior, with one of those days being devoted to a practice he couldn't complete, I'm not sure I understand. However, it was his decision to play.
I just don't think I can take Bob Myers' seriously when he's lashing out at the internet's most obnoxious idiots as if leaks from his own locker room don't paint a picture of internal aggravation that one of the most thin-skinned superstars in the NBA would have to be blind not to see...
The fact of the matter is that there absolutely is blame to be passed around, as this wasn't some entirely unrelated freak setback for someone who, Drake be damned, went 0 to 100 real quick. Now, I'm not quite sure how it to accurately divvy it up, but the Golden State Warriors should feel guilty, since they did no better a job looking out for the long-term well-being of their back-to-back Finals MVP than he, an emotionally manipulated competitor, did.