How long will it take Kevin Durant to recover from his Achilles tear injury?

If you’re an NBA fan then you certainly are aware that Golden State Warriors superstar forward Kevin Durant exited Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday with 9:46 remaining in the second quarter in what looked like a re-aggravated calf injury.

Even before we had an official announcement as to the extent of his injury was, multiple replays showed that it was most-certainly something serious– specifically a tear to his Achilles tendon. He left the arena on crutches even before the game ended.

The MRI confirmed that Durant had suffered a ruptured Achilles and due to a right Achilles injury, he underwent an MRI yesterday in New York. As a result of the injury, the Warriors All_Star underwent surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley and the surgery was successful and Durant is recovering well.

How long will it take Durant to recover from his Achilles injury?

As superhuman as Kevin Durant may seem on the court, he is human after all. Now that his torn Achilles has been repaired surgically, Durant will be in a cast and will begin a long road to recovery.

According to The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, the expected timeline to full activity is approximately six months:

At six weeks patients are usually allowed full weightbearing out of the cast or boot. Physical therapy is started and is aimed at restoring ankle range of motion. Strengthening of the calf muscles and Achilles is gradually allowed as the tendon heals. Patients are usually able to return to full activity by six months.

WebMD goes even further with a timeline that projects out your first couple weeks all the way out to six months.

The Achilles is what helps us walk, run, jump, and move our foot in every direction so it’s especially critical to basketball players.

With that knowledge, the likelihood of the two-time NBA Finals MVP coming back in six months —  which would be around January — is highly-unlikely. With the rigors and intensity of the NBA, it’s more likely that Durant will miss 8-10 months and many NBA commentators and former players predicting Durant will miss the entire 2019-20 season as he rehabs his Achilles back to full-strength.

Durant’s Injury Changes Everything

As he works through the next several months, there are already huge ripple effects and implications of the injury. Not just from the Warriors’ chances in the NBA Finals and not just Durant’s future, but this impacts the entire league. Durant was set to be the big free-agent prize this summer with several franchises trying to woo him.

His moving on from the Warriors or re-signing with the team was to set off the entire slate of off season moves that also includes fellow superstar free agents (most of them with a first name that starts with “K”) in Anthony Davis, teammate Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and Kawhi Leonard.

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