Kevin Durant visits Nets team physician Martin O’Malley for Achilles examination
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant recently went to New York to get examined for his recently-suffered torn Achilles tendon, as he planned to visit a Brooklyn Nets physician to look at his injured leg, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post.
“It is noteworthy he went to New York for exams — perhaps a sign he doesn’t trust the Warriors medical staff as much after it cleared him to play. Durant planned to visit Tuesday with Dr. Martin O’Malley, an associate attending orthopedic surgeon at HSS, who operated on Durant’s foot in 2015. O’Malley doubles as the Nets team physician.”
Durant received a pre-imaging examination after he first suffered the injury in the second quarter, later departing the arena wearing a walking boot and on crutches.
Berman is quick to point out the trust factor with the Warriors medical staff, but it’s not uncommon for players to go outside or their organizations to seek out a specialist, especially when it comes to a major injury such as an Achilles, which can prove career-threatening if treated and rehabilitated incorrectly.
Furthermore, Durant visiting O’Malley likely has very little to do with the Nets as a team, and more from a place of comfort, as it was he who operated on his foot when he suffered a Jones fracture in 2015 — a very frustrating time for Durant.
Already comfortable with the surgeon/physician and given the success, it’s likely Durant feels rather at ease going that same route, hoping for the best possible results at a vital point of his career.