Last week, while slinging meatless sausage biscuits at a midtown Dunkin Donuts, DeAndre Jordan told a reporter that his friend Kevin Durant’s rehab is proceeding well.
“You know obviously Kevin [Durant] had a tough injury, he’s going to be out for a while, but he’s progressing great, he’s recovering fast, we’ll be even better when we get him back and healthy.”
While the Nets are not issuing any medical updates —or providing any schedule on his return — KD has been seen regularly on his friend and brand manager Omeez Jones’ Instagram page rehabbing his right leg in Los Angeles. Here’s the latest from Monday.
The big news from this posting is that Durant is no longer using two crutches! Not an authorized orthopedist’s report, but a positive piece of news nonetheless. In fact, there’s been ample evidence of the 10 time All-Star’s improvement with each of the posts from @iamomeez, whether they show Durant working out in the pool or testing his surgically repaired Achilles tendon while walking.
Here’s a number of posts, all from the last week or so. In this one, uploaded three days ago, KD’s brace looks smaller. And yes, that’s him playing video games with Allonzo Trier of the Knicks. (Too bad, kid!)
Here, he’s playing what appears to be a game of water polo ... using a basketball. That was posted five days ago.
And here, a day earlier, he’s shone working out with weights and gingerly testing his gait.
A week ago, it was simpler work in the pool.
If you’re looking for real progress, here’s how KD looked on his arrival two weeks ago, his leg supported on scooter.
And in this one, posted around the same time on KD’s own Instagram two weeks ago, you can see him flash what sure looks like a victory sign to us!
For the record, Durant ruptured his right achilles on June 10 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He underwent surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York two days later.
- A glimpse into Kevin Durant’s long Nets recovery - Brian Lewis - New York Post