Charles Barkley blames Warriors for Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

Charles Barkley blames Warriors for Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

Should he or shouldn't he have played?

It's the question looming after Game 5 of the NBA Finals following the moment Warriors forward Kevin Durant went down on the court and clung to his lower leg. It was determined to be an Achilles injury, and an MRI test will occur Tuesday afternoon. 

Durant is flying to New York for further evaluations, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Tuesday.

So should Durant have played? Maybe, maybe not. But Hall of Fame player turned basketball analyst Charles Barkley said there is indeed someone to blame for the injury, and it's the team.

"That was not right," Barkley said on ESPN's "Get Up."

"They shouldn't have put that man out there," he added.

Barkley also said "it's the worst injury you could have," and he can't think of any player who had come back to play at the pinnacle they once were.

The 10-time NBA All-Star had been sidelined with what was originally reported to be a right calf strain that occurred last month.

As KD limped away during the teams' 106-105 win over the Raptors, even Toronto superfan Drake supported him with a pat on the back. The rapper, who had been trolling the Warriors throughout the entirety of the playoffs, grimaced as Durant was escorted to the Warriors' locker room.

Tears flowed from Durant's teammates, and Warriors general manager Bob Myers had trouble speaking during his press conference where he announced Durant's Achilles injury.

Everyone was impacted

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There's no question KD wanted to be there for his teammates. And the way each and every one of them reacted when he went down proved that he plays a crucial role for the defending champions.

Durant took to social media as he does following the Dubs' victory saying as much as he was hurting -- perhaps both physically and emotionally -- the outcome made him feel great, like, shot of tequila great.

NBA rumors: 'Growing belief' second bubble with Warriors won't happen

NBA rumors: 'Growing belief' second bubble with Warriors won't happen

Remember when it looked like the NBA was on the verge of building a second bubble in Chicago for the eight teams not invited to Orlando?

Well, don't expect that to come to fruition.

"There is growing belief among the NBA’s eight franchises not in Orlando that a second bubble site being built for minicamps and intrasquad scrimmages will not happen," sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania and Sam Amick. "There is pessimism about in-market minicamps for group workouts happening as well."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr in early June made it very clear that his preference was to get all of Golden State's players and coaches together for workouts at Chase Center.

"We're not interested in a summer league," he said on a conference call. "If what we're talking about is some kind of minicamp and some of the other teams are interested in playing games -- we would not be interested in doing that.

"And I've talked to a couple of the coaches about that. Every team has its own unique set of circumstances, and I definitely understand that a lot of the teams involved are younger and more interested in getting game action for their players.

"But we're in a different space and people understand that. We'd be more interested in practice time."

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But it appears the Dubs won't be allowed to do that either.

“There’s nothing happening,” a general manager told The Athletic. “It’s a shame. It’s a huge detriment to these eight franchises that were left behind.”

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The Warriors' last game before the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic was March 10. So if training camps for the 2020-21 campaign open Nov. 10 (it seems inevitable this date will get pushed back), that would be an eight-month layoff.

Golden State players are allowed to use the team facilities in San Francisco now, but there are safety restrictions and protocols in place.

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Should healthy Warriors be considered title contenders next season?

Should healthy Warriors be considered title contenders next season?

Some of the best, and let's be honest, worst, conversations regarding the Warriors reside on social media.

Strong voices and opinions of Dub Nation defend or criticize their squad, not afraid to share their thoughts with absolute authority. Many of these personalities live on Twitter, where everyone can be a general manager, coach, critic, troll and hot-taker. 

In the second installment of our Warriors Twitter Roundtable, we will share a five-part series of questions designed to touch on the major conversations floating around the Warriors Twitter world. Answering the questions will be a panel of some of the more prominent and revered voices within the community.

Part 1 had our panel name the five best players in the NBA. Here is Part 2.

With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins completely healthy, should the Warriors go into next season considered "contenders"?

@poormanscommish: I think Game 6 of the 2019 Western Conference Semifinals at the Houston Rockets, as well as the two series after that, proved the Warriors could do some damage without Kevin Durant. So even though the word “contenders” is subjective, I’ll just go ahead and say yes -- and it’s a “HECK YEAH!” if Kevon Looney is healthy, which I realize is a big “if”.

Here’s another guess: All the Warriors guys also feel that way, but they won’t ever publicly say that, so as to not throw KD under the bus (standard NBA fraternity stuff).

@samesfandiari: It depends who they sign around them. I feel confident saying they have the right foundation to be competitive, but they lack a full roster. If they sign two to three solid veterans, say Marc Gasol, I feel very comfortable at their chances vs. the LA teams or Milwaukee.

But until then, it's to be determined -- great foundation, close, but a few unknowns.

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@Jannelle12: Yes, they should. Otherwise, why bother? Health is one thing. Them being rested is a given. What I'm looking at is motivation and after a lost season, they are very motivated.

Don't you think Steph has seen the disrespect? Klay? Draymond? They will be driven to return to contention, and I wouldn't bet against it. 

@AndyKHLiu: It depends what contenders mean. Can the Warriors win the title? Yes. Are they assured a Western Conference Finals appearance? Maybe.

It also depends how Joe Lacob and the front office creates around the margins. Let's say they don't bring anyone in better than the top four players. How much depth can they create? How do they judge risk on bringing in vets vs. high-risk talent/luxury tax players? 

Something tells me the Warriors do something crazy instead of sitting idly by and picking up safe veterans. The D'Angelo Russell and Andrew Wiggins trades tell us that the Warriors are willing to try off-the-wall ideas even during a pandemic. 

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@GSWReddit: The Warriors should be considered contenders next season, although they will have some major depth concerns they are going to need to address this offseason, and they definitely shouldn’t be considered the clear-cut favorites or close to it by any means. Teams like the Lakers and Clippers have significantly more depth alongside their star power and will probably be closer to a title.

The Warriors will have to try to bridge the gap in that department to be on more level terms, but with the core four they already have in place, they will be among the best teams in the league for sure.

My take (@grantliffmann): If the definition of a contender is a team's ability to contend for a title, then how can you count out Curry, Thompson and Green?

Health is the biggest factor in all of this. If a contender is defined by a team that has a great chance of winning the title, then the Warriors definitely will need roster upgrades with limited resources. Adding the right pieces on the trade exception and MLE, as well as through the NBA draft (including perhaps trading the pick), would give the Warriors a legitimate shot at being in the upper echelon of the teams with the best odds of winning the title.

Pretty impressive for a squad that was the worst team in the league just one year prior.