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Durant's decision to trade in his Warriors jersey for a Nets one was just one of the massive moves that made the 2019 offseason the most frenetic in league history. However, don't look for Durant to make an immediate impact for his new team. The former MVP will likely spend the entire season recuperating from theAchilles tendon tear he sustained during the NBA Finals. Achilles tears are one of the problematic injuries in professional sports, particularly in the NBA.
The Achilles tendon is the conjoined tendon of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, commonly known as the calf. Together this muscle group is responsible for pointing the toes in a direction known as plantar flexion and plays an important role in running and jumping, particularly during acceleration. Furthermore, the calf helps stabilize the ankle.
Surgery is often necessary to repair the tear and is accompanied by a lengthy recovery process. The average time missed for qualified NBA players is 330 days (roughly 11 months) with the numbers improving in recent cases such as Wesley Matthews (back in 231 days), Kobe Bryant (241) and Rudy Gay (261). However, all of those injuries occurred in the regular season, while Durant sustained his at virtually the latest possible point of the NBA season. As a result, Durant's recovery is undoubtedly spilling over into the upcoming campaign and will likely cost him the