Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday at 4 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr met with the media on Wednesday afternoon.
He, of course, was asked about all the noise on social media, TV, podcasts, talk radio, etc. about Golden State deserving the blame for the right Achilles injury Kevin Durant sustained during Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night in Toronto.
Kerr responded with a long and thoughtful answer:
"There's going to be blame, there's going to be fingerpointing. And we understand that. We accept that ... the main thing is our concern for Kevin. Obviously, everybody feels horrible for what happened.
"As Bob [Myers GM Bob Myers] mentioned the other night, this last month (has been) a collaborative effort in his rehabilitation. And that collaboration included Kevin and his business partner, Rich Kleiman, our medical staff, his own outside doctor.
"Kevin checked all the boxes and he was cleared to play by everybody involved. Now, would we go back and do it over again? Damn right. But that's easy to say after the results. When we gathered all the information, our feeling was the worst thing could happen would be a reinjury of the calf.
"That was the advice and the information that we had. And at that point, once Kevin was cleared to play he was comfortable with that and we were comfortable with that. So the Achilles came as a complete shock.
"Had we known that this was a possibility, there's no way we would have ever allowed Kevin to come back. It's devastating, mostly for Kevin obviously. I feel horribly for Rick Celebrini [Golden State's Director of Sports Medicine and Performance] as well, who is one of the best people I've ever been around and one of the smartest, brightest minds I've ever been around.
"He's devastated. We all are."
The reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP did tear his Achilles and underwent surgery on Wednesday:
Have to assume that Durant asked the Warriors to let him make the announcement on his own terms. Ultimately, that's not important. All that matters is that KD underwent surgery for a ruptured Achilles today and we are all wishing for a full recovery. The game will miss him dearly https://t.co/1UCiuqRVmD— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 12, 2019
When Golden State takes the floor for Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Thursday night, KD will probably be recovering in a hospital thousands of miles away from Oakland.
That is awful, not cool and not fair.