Durant was limited to just 27 games last season by a foot injury that eventually required bone graft surgery. Durant told Jenkins that he was concerned about the long-term effects of the injury.
“I was scared, I was worried,” Durant says. “Will I be back again? Will I be who I am? A year ago people were telling me my career might be over and I listened to that stuff, not because I’m sensitive but because I used it for fuel. I’ve always done that.”
Durant stayed healthy this season, though, and averaged 28.2 points in 72 games. The Thunder take on the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night.