Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Taking a Moment to Ponder David Ortiz and Kevin Durant.

David Ortiz shot in the back. Seriously? Why? Kevin Durant tries to come back to help his team and will pay a heavy price with his injured achilles tendon.

Being shot in the back, being shot at all, I doubt David Ortiz did anything to anyone to warrant such a cowardly act of violence. Mr. Ortiz just had a second surgery and one hopes he is now on the mend.

Kevin Durant reminds me of Kyrie Irving all over again. Kyrie was trying to "step up" during the 2015 NBA Playoffs and shake off nagging leg pain. The Cavaliers would sweep a Playoff series, Kyrie would get extra time to rehab and prepare for the next series. This led to a false sense of security for fans and probably the coach.

Coach Blatt was literally only using 8 players from his roster during the playoffs. Kyrie played 45 minutes in the first Championship game match against Golden State and blew out his knee. Kyrie was not supposed to play more than 25 to 30 minutes.

If Kevin Durant had not played, fans would not have forgiven him, he did play, and now fans understand. The tough part about being an athlete for sure is the hostile scrutiny they are put under when they are injured and trying to come back as quickly as possible.

Durant probably knew his limits but probably wanted to prove to everyone that cared. I recall his last season in Oklahoma when he came back from an injury, his leg/foot was acting up and he motioned to the bench that he wanted to come out and the coach basically ignored him for quite a while. It may have been a factor as to why Durant left Oklahoma. 

Yet once again, because he is so valuable Durant just has to be out there. May take a year or more to recover and allegedly he may not have the explosiveness he had when he was uninjured. What a price to pay just to show his teammates and the fans that he cared.

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