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Kevin Durant suffered Achilles injury, Warriors GM Bob Myers announces

Kevin Durant suffered Achilles injury, Warriors GM Bob Myers announces

Warriors general manager Bob Myers tearfully took the podium Monday night in Toronto, shortly after his team's Game 5 win in the NBA Finals, and announced Kevin Durant had suffered an Achilles injury.

Myers' opening statement was particularly striking, as the GM turned emotional and poured out his true feelings for a player who returned from a month-long absence because of a calf injury, only to go down again. Durant's season likely is over, and the Warriors will return home for Game 6 on Thursday hoping to extend the Finals to a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday back in Toronto.

Here is Myers' full exchange with the media at Scotiabank Arena, including his opening statement:

Kevin, it's an Achilles injury. I don't know the extent of it. He'll have an MRI tomorrow. Prior to coming back, he went through four weeks with a medical team, and it was thorough, and it was experts and multiple MRIs and multiple doctors, and we felt good about the process.

He was cleared to play tonight -- that was a collaborative decision. I don't believe there's anybody to blame, but I understand in this world, and if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department. And to tell you something about Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant loves to play basketball, and the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong.

And I'm not here to -- he's one of the most misunderstood people. He's a good teammate, he's a good person, it's not fair. I'm lucky to know him. I don't know -- I don't have all the information on what really the extent of what it all means until we get an MRI, but the people that worked with him and cleared him are good people, they're good people.

With all due respect, what's your reason to say to point the finger at you?
Because I am the president of basketball. If you have to. I don't think there's anybody to blame, but I get it, that stuff happens. I hope nobody does, I don't think it should land on anybody, but if you feel like you need to ...

Can you just talk about Kevin's emotions and how he's feeling right now?
Sports is, it's people, sports is people. I know Kevin takes a lot of hits sometimes, but he just wants to play basketball, and right now, he can't. Basketball has gotten him through his life. So it means, I don't know that we can all understand how much it means to him. He just wants to play basketball with his teammates and compete.

Initially you guys diagnosed him with a calf injury. Was that the pure, full-out extent? Was it a calf injury now, what happened tonight equated to an Achilles injury?
The initial injury was a calf injury. This is not a calf injury. I'm not a doctor, I don't know how those are related or not, but it's a different injury.

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

You'd think people would have learned by now, but if you tweet an insult at Kevin Durant, be prepared for him to come right back at you.

Still, some people have to learn the hard way.

The former Warrior recently offered his NBA Finals prediction, in which he picked the Los Angeles Clippers to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks for the title. That was consistent with his Western Conference finals prediction from October when he said the Clips would beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

As you might expect, Lakers fans generally didn't take too kindly to that. A few of them expressed their displeasure with the two-time NBA Finals MVP on Twitter on Saturday, so Durant sarcastically sought to quell their pain.

Then, this happened:

Congratulations #LakeShow Rudy, you played yourself.

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He wasn't the only Lakers fan that became the target of a KD clapback:

When are these keyboard warriors going to learn?

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Warriors' Draymond Green believes Kevin Durant NBA's best scorer ever

Warriors' Draymond Green believes Kevin Durant NBA's best scorer ever

Stop the presses. Draymond Green and Charles Barkley disagree on something.

Green appeared on TNT's pregame show Saturday, and after they revealed the 2019-20 MVP finalists, Barkley made the case that Houston Rockets guard James Harden is the best scorer in NBA history.

"Y'all laughed at me. Everybody laughed at me a couple years ago," Barkley said. "I said [Harden] is the best offensive player. He's not as great of a player as Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, but this guy here, might be the greatest offensive player we've ever had because, as great as Michael and Kobe were, they weren't 3-point shooters. This guy is a better 3-point shooter ... "

Co-host Kenny Smith interjected and referenced Bryant's 81-point game.

"I think James Harden could get 80 in a game," Barkley said. "If he went out and just 'I'm going to get 80.' "

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That's when Green jumped into the conversation.

"But does James score like that back then when y'all were playing and fouls weren't called the same way they're called today?" Green asked.

"I did use that caveat: In today's game, he's the greatest scorer I've ever seen," Barkley responded. "It's a different game, but he's the best we got offensively today."

Barkley, Smith and host Ernie Johnson tried to steer the conversation back to the MVP debate, but Green reverted back to the "best scorer ever" chat.

"Kevin Durant's the best scorer, by the way," Green said. "The best scorer ever. Not even close. No disrespect to James, but Kevin Durant is the best scorer ever."

"That's fair," Barkley said. "I don't agree with you."

That's some high praise from Green for his former teammate. Green played a big part in convincing Durant to sign with the Warriors in 2016, but their relationship soured after an on-court argument in Los Angeles during the 2018-19 season.

Regardless of the relationship between Green and Durant, the current Warriors forward has a point. Yes, Jordan, Bryant and Harden have put together some of the best single-season scoring numbers, but Durant is so unique in the ways he can score. We've never seen anything quite like the four-time NBA scoring champ.

Durant is lethal from the 3-point line, he can post up and score at will on the block and he can get to the rim whenever he wants.

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Green never played against Jordan, but he grew up watching Bryant and faced him his final few seasons in the league, he's gone up against Harden in the NBA playoffs several times over the last few years, and he's played with and against Durant.

As one of the premier defenders in the NBA, Green would know better than anyone who the best scorers in the league are. If he says Durant is the best, a lot of weight should be put into those words.