Over the past few months, it feels like every single day has featured a new unsubstantiated rumor or story based on alleged inside information from unnamed sources concerning where Tom Brady will end up playing next season, which is a type of news cycle that should be intimately familiar to anyone who followed the saga of Kevin Durant.
A month into the 2018-19 season, it became clear all was not well with the Warriors when Durant and Draymond Green got into a heated exchange during a game, and with KD in the final year of his contract, the incident sparked endless speculation concerning where he’d end up playing the following season.
The answer turned out to be “nowhere,” as Durant tore his Achilles during the NBA Finals, and while he ultimately opted to team up with Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn, the Nets have been without his services this season (although he reportedly had a hand in the surprise firing of Kenny Atkinson).
After undergoing surgery in June, Durant immediately turned his attention to rehab, and based on what we’ve seen, he’s well on his way to making his grand return.
Last month, Durant had reached a point where he was able to run sprints and it appears he’s come a very long way since then, as his brother recently posted a video of the superstar driving past a defender before rattling the rim during a pick-up game.
I think it’s safe to say he’ll be good to go next season.
Of course, I’m not going to write an article about KD playing pick-up without posting the video of the time he dropped 66 points during a game at Rucker Park before having to escape in a car because the streetballers he played against tried to beat him up for embarrassing them.
I can only assume he’ll have a warmer reception the next time he puts up that many points during a game in New York City.