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On Monday, Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher wrote that one anonymous league executive told him that Durant is “really pissed off at the Warriors” over how the team handled his return from a calf strain and his subsequent Achilles injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
“The indication from several league sources is that Durant is not happy with the team, and the presumption is that it stems from whatever role Warriors officials played in his decision to suit up,” Bucher wrote. “Coach Steve Kerr says he was told Durant could not further injure himself by playing, which obviously proved not to be true.”
Kerr refuted the report while speaking to The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on Wednesday, and said Durant’s personal specialist was just as shocked as members of the Warriors’ staff were when Durant ruptured his Achilles tendon.
“No, we haven’t heard anything like that,” Kerr said of the report. “We had not only our staff, but Kevin’s own personal specialist, and then a third independent specialist all clear him to play. All three after the fact were shocked at what proceeded with the Achilles, they all said it was the first time they’d ever seen this.”
Kerr also criticized the current media landscape around the NBA.
“What happens in this era of social media and the volume of media is that everyone suddenly becomes an expert,” he said.
Shortly after Bucher’s report on Monday, Warriors’ center Andrew Bogut took to Twitter to call attention to the insider’s questionable record.
“Nothing like a ‘sources’ from old Ricky Bucher,” Bogut tweeted with the face-palm emoji.
Among other things, Bucher speculated in 2010 that the Chicago Bulls would likely sign LeBron James and Chris Bosh (they didn’t), and in 2014 he reported that Kyle Lowry would leave the Toronto Raptors for the Miami Heat (he didn’t).
Bucher said in April he thinks Durant to the New York Knicks is a “done deal.” The Brooklyn Nets have emerged as betting favorites to land Durant in recent days (and the Warriors are given the second-best odds) so time will tell if that prediction ends up being incorrect as well.
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