There's been an outpouring of support for Kevin Durant in the aftermath of the Achilles injury he suffered in the Warriors' Game 5 win over the Raptors in the NBA Finals on Monday night. But, just due to the nature of the injury, most of that support is coming from people who have no idea what Durant is currently going through.
49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, however, can speak from experience.
Sherman, of course, ruptured his Achilles tendon in what ultimately amounted to his final game with the Seattle Seahawks. He signed with San Francisco in the ensuing offseason, and went on to appear in 14 games for the 49ers last season, often shutting down one side of the field.
Sherman was watching Game 5 of the best-of-seven series, and couldn't help but empathize with Durant both immediately following and the day after the Warriors' victory.
That was a good game!!! Man I feel terrible for KD though. Fought to get back for his team.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) June 11, 2019
It really frustrates me listening to current and former players act like anyone could have kept KD from playing last night. Every single athlete worth their weight dreams of playing in the Championship game of their sport and most of us are making that same decision! #stoptheBS— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) June 11, 2019
We fully know our bodies and what we are risking especially at the professional level. I am sure there were attempts to persuade him to continue to wait. He's built different than the ppl saying he shouldn't have played. Maybe that's why they haven't gotten where he is.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) June 11, 2019
Respects the mans heart and sacrifice. Appreciate what he tried to do for his team. @KDTrey5 keep your head up brother! Takes a warrior to go out there knowing what you knew. #respect coming from someone who knows personally how that felt.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) June 11, 2019
While the exact severity of Durant's injury isn't yet known, the way Sherman has bounced back to regain his form after suffering a similar injury has to offer Durant hope that he can do the same.
Durant has a long, hard road ahead of him, and it certainly can't hurt to have signs of encouragement posted along the way.