Report: Warriors’ Draymond Green flew to New York to visit Kevin Durant during Achilles recovery
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green flew to New York over the weekend to meet with a recuperating Kevin Durant, who is fresh off Achilles surgery performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley, who also operated on Durant to repair his Jones fracture in 2015.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Green was visiting Durant as “a friend’’ and not a business associate looking to convince him to return to the team.
Durant and Green have had plenty of experiences together, from the parking lot phone call that ultimately helped push him to venture into a three-year stint with the Warriors to their infamous incident at Staples Center, one that could have eroded their relationship.
Yet it seems like Green’s concern for Durant is human and genuine, much like his fellow teammates Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry expressed after he suffered a season-ending Achilles tear upon coming back for Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Durant played in 12 of the first 14 minutes of action upon returning from a 32-day layoff after suffering a mild calf sprain, one the organization was mighty careful in nursing before declaring him fit to return to the floor.
As fate would have it, Durant would suffer more than just a re-injury of his calf, but rather a daunting injury that has been known to render players a shell of themselves upon returning.
The Warriors will look a lot different next season, whether Durant is still with them or not, but Green seems to be doing what he feels is right by his friend, giving him the emotional support he needs in this testing stretch of his career.