Kevin Durant voltou à ação num jogo da NBA mais de ano e meio após a lesão sofrida pelos Warriors, nas finais de 2019.
Uma boa exibição do “former MVP“, a deixar água na boa para o que se aproxima. Na folha estatística, e com os minutos contados, KD fez 15 pontos em 12 lançamentos tentados, e mostrou estar ainda em busca de ritmo competitivo, mas sempre com muita vontade no comando do jogo ofensivo dos Nets, a par de Kyrie Irving.
No final, Durant falou sobre a estreia:
“I was anxious, nervous,” Durant said afterward. “I visualized this moment for so long — nine, 10 months of thinking about how it would be, this next phase of my career. I felt like I was chomping at the bit, especially once COVID hit because I didn’t see a future — when the season was going to start in the future. I was going through it.
“So to go through this felt solid.”
“When you have that type of injury,” Steve Nash said of Durant after the game, “it is kind of remarkable he’s at the level he’s at.
“It’s amazing. This is an injury that very few people have conquered, so to speak. … It’s beautiful to see him back on the basketball court. I think the world missed him — I certainly did.”