Bob Myers, the Golden State Warriors general manager and president of basketball operations, appeared to be holding back tears during the postgame press conference of the Warriors Game 5 win over the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals.
Myers was tasked with updating the press on Warriors forward Kevin Durant’s injury, to his right achilles, which led to Durant leaving the game in the second quarter of the game.
“I don’t believe that there’s anybody to blame,” Myers said while choking up, nearly crying. “But I understand that this world and if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball our basketball operations department.”
Durant will have an MRI tomorrow to figure out the full extent of his injury.
Durant was out for over a month of the NBA Playoffs with a right calf strain before coming back for the Warriors’ must-win Game 5 against the Raptors. The game stopped in the second quarter because of the severity of the injury and he was helped off court by his teammates. Durant was seen walking out of the Scotiabank Arena later on in the game in a walking boot.
Prior to returning to the court, Myers said that Durant “went through four weeks” with the Warriors medical team. “We felt good about the process. He was cleared to play tonight. That was a collaborative decision.”
Finally, Myers addressed rumors that Durant was faking an injury, or at least the severity of his initial calf injury, in order to get time off of the court to prepare for his potential free agency after the season.
“Let me tell you something about Kevin Durant,” Myers said. “Kevin Durant loves to play basketball and the people who questioned whether or not he wanted to get back to this team were wrong.”
“He’s one of the most misunderstood people,” Myers said, again through tears. “He’s a good teammate, he’s a good person. It’s not fair.”