Last night KD left the game early in the 2nd quarter from an Achilles injury after being cleared to play by Golden States team doctors. One would have to think that this isn’t just bad luck. This has to be directly related to the injury that he suffered during the Rockets game. A lot of people in media and fans speculated that he hurt his Achilles in that rocket series, but Steve Kerr & team doctors reported it as a lower calf strain.
During this Toronto series media reported that members of the Warriors staff and teammates were questioning the seriousness of KD’s injury and why he didn’t play in game 4. It created a narrative that KD somehow wanted the team to lose and other crazy theories. Basically he’s been being coerced or persuaded into coming back early to appease fans, media, teammates etc. Klay Thompson only missed 1 game with an hamstring injury, Looney has been playing through a chest injury, Demarcus playing after a previous torn Achilles and then a very recent quad injury makes me question the Warriors staff integrity. There’s no way KD should have been on that court yesterday. Achilles injuries have ended plenty of careers. Not many success stories after that injury.
I have more respect for KD after playing through that injury. I hate to see an all time great go down that way. It makes me think that Kawhi Leonard definitely made the right decision by going see outside doctors and not returning until he felt fully healed. The team’s doctors best interest is indeed the team’s and not the player. I wish KD a speedy recovery, but I can’t help , but feel like the Warriors staff needs to be investigated by the NBA.
Skip and Shannon give insight on the injury. They believed he had an Achilles tear during the Rockets series and speak on similar situations.