Kevin Durant has not played in a professional basketball game in over 15 months. The two-time NBA champion last took the court during Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals, where he ruptured his Achilles during his final game as a member of the Golden State Warriors.
Now a member of the Brooklyn Nets after signing a max contract last summer, Durant said on Wednesday that he's fully healthy and will be ready to play when the 2020-21 NBA season begins, whenever that may be.
"Yeah, I'm feeling fine. I can't wait to get out there and play with my teammates," Durant said Wednesday during the Washington Football Team's 'Welcome Home Luncheon,' where he appeared as a guest.
"Playing in Brooklyn, I'm excited. I can't wait for the new NBA season," Durant said.
Of course, when the 2020-21 NBA season begins is still uncertain, as the 2019-20 season as still taking place in the Disney bubble. The 2020 NBA Finals are expected to begin in early October.
In a non-pandemic world, the 2020-21 season would typically begin in October, with the season concluding the following June. Now, the earliest next season will begin is in December, but recent talks between the league and its players association have made that date seem unlikely.
For the Nets and their fans, next season can't come soon enough. The team had a solid run in the bubble given the circumstances, but Brooklyn was ultimately bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Toronto Raptors.
Next season, though, the Nets will look a lot different. Besides Durant's return, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will also be back for Brooklyn, marking the first time the two will play together in the NBA.
Plus, the team just made a splashy hire by bringing in head coach Steve Nash, who worked with Durant back when he was on the Warriors.
In all, there's plenty to be excited about moving forward in Brooklyn, even if we don't know when the beginning of the next season will be.
"We've got a new, fresh team with me, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, a lot of guys on our team that our veterans," Durant said. "I'm excited. It should be a fun time. New York basketball is definitely looking for a team to support. We're going to come out there and play hard every single night and play exciting basketball."