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Nets fan has interesting theory about Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury

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The Brooklyn Nets took a risk by acquiring Kevin Durant on a four-year, $164 million contract.

There’s simply no telling how the two-time Finals MVP will recover from the ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered during his dramatic comeback in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but the Nets are paying him like he’ll be in All-NBA contention from the moment he returns to the floor regardless. Of course, they didn’t have much of a choice if they wanted to land free agency’s biggest fish. It was always inevitable an injured Durant was going to get a max-level offer. He’s still in the thick of his prime, and given exceedingly rare combination of length and skill is primed to age more gracefully than the vast majority of others played who have reached his esteemed level of play.

More potential reason for optimism? As a Brooklyn fan pointed out on Nets Daily, Durant is the rare right-handed star who tore the Achilles in his right foot rather than his left, leading to speculation he’ll return from injury retaining a greater degree of explosiveness than other players who suffered the same injury.

The general premise is here is that most right-handed players are left-foot dominant, meaning they frequently push and jump off of their left foot while playing. Will Durant’s prospective return to superstardom be aided by the fact his left Achilles is still in pristine condition? Perhaps. But it’s also worth reminding that he sustained the injury while pushing off his right foot to drive left, and his comfort penetrating with both hands is one of the reasons why he’s among the most devastating scorers in league history.

Bottom line: Durant may never be the player he once was, irrespective of which Achilles was surgically repaired. But if he quickly re-stakes his claim as a perennial MVP candidate, that his non-dominant foot was injured could be one of the many reasons why.