Durant: If healthy, 'I probably wouldn't have played' in Orlando
Injured Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant said if he were fully healthy, he wouldn't participate in the NBA's season restart in Orlando.
"I feel, me right now, I probably wouldn't have played because the unknown going into that situation looks crazy right now, seeing so many new cases," Durant said during a recent interview with "Dawg Talk." "It's just so unpredictable. It's easy for me to say right now because I'm injured, but I probably wouldn't have went down there (to Orlando)."
Durant, who's been rehabbing from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in last season's NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, has already confirmed he won't return to play during the 2019-20 campaign.
For the healthy NBA players who have the choice to travel to Walt Disney World Resort next month, Durant encouraged them to make whatever decision suits them best.
"If the guys feel safe enough to go play, that's cool, I'm with them. If they don't feel like they should go down there and play or don't feel safe, I'm with them too. I'm all about what the group wants," Durant said, before elaborating on why he'd decide to sit out.
"Obviously, I would have talked to my teammates and consulted with my guys and actually really went over it for the last month and a half, but me, my gut would have told me nah, I probably wouldn't want to go down there, especially after three months off."
The Nets enter the NBA season restart as the Eastern Conference's seventh seed with a 30-34 record. Brooklyn is a half-game ahead of the Orlando Magic, and hold a six-game cushion over the ninth-seeded Washington Wizards.