WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley blames the Warriors for letting Kevin Durant play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals even though he is suffering from a right calf strain.
- The outspoken NBA commentator appeared on ESPN’s “Get Up” Tuesday morning and said, “I blame the Warriors for KD getting hurt and I don’t care what they say about it.”
- On Monday night’s press conference, the team’s general manager Bob Myers said that if there’s someone to blame, “you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department.”
The internet blames the Warriors for letting Kevin Durant play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals even though he is suffering from a right calf strain. The team’s decision resulted in an Achilles injury.
Retired NBA player Charles Barkley joined the fray and said that the Warriors should get the blame for Durant’s injury.
The outspoken NBA Hall of Famer appeared on ESPN’s “Get Up” Tuesday morning and said: “That was not right. If you go back and look at the last two weeks … the articles come[s] out, ’KD’s worst nightmare: the Warriors are winning without him.’ Then you see an article that says the Warriors are frustrated with him unwilling to risk his Achilles.”
“Now this man has to be feeling some sort of weight,” Barkley continued his rant.
“I blame the Warriors for KD getting hurt and I don’t care what they say about it,” he added. “They shouldn’t have put that man out there. You know how I know it, that man blew out his Achilles.”
The Warriors took the blame, particularly its general manager Bob Myers, who was clearly emotional, spoke in a press conference on Monday night.
“I don’t believe that there’s anybody to blame,” the teary Myers said. “But I understand in this world and if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department.”
Durant’s right calf strain made him miss just more than a month of action. Wanting to pay with his teammates, he returned in Game 5 with the Warriors facing elimination against the Toronto Raptors. The superstar helped his team out to a strong first quarter. But Durant fell to the floor and reached out for his leg early in the second quarter.
“You can’t ever leave it up to a player, players always want to play … To put a guy who hasn’t played basketball in over a month into Game 5 of the Finals, that’s not fair to that man and you saw the result,” Barkley added.
The Warriors All-Star forward left the game which the Golden State went on to win 106-105. Durant was seen leaving the arena on crutches and in a walking boot.
Source: New York Post