Kevin Durant spoke to the media today about his ongoing recovery from ankle surgery, and while the reigning NBA MVP admitted to being jealous of his peers as they prepare for the upcoming season he did reveal some unexpected benefits that have come about courtesy of his injury.
After undergoing surgery for the first time in his life after suffering a jones fracture in his right foot the Oklahoma City Thunder man first gave fans of the franchise an update on when they could expect to see him back in action.
And after revealing a December come back is currently pencilled in should rehab go according to plan, the 25-year-old opened up about the unforeseen opportunities the injury provides.
"Just help out as much as possible, lead from where I am, which is the sideline," Durant told gathered reports Tuesday.
""I feel like a coach, feel like (Alabama football coach) Nick Saban, rolling around on my scooter from court to court giving advice and trying to help out as much as I can."
It's a different position for me, but I'm looking forward to growing mentally watching the game and learning from my teammates, trying to help them as much as I can.
Having played at the elite level virtually uninterrupted since entering the NBA in 2007 Durant may have progressed greatly on the court but he has had little time to take step back and assess the game as an outsider looking in.
And, adopting his typically positive mindset, Durant is hoping that the silver lining to the injury which will see him miss the early portion of the Thunder's 2014-15 schedule will be that he, and his teammates, have the chance to develop their game.
""It's going to give guys opportunities to play, build confidence, build their chemistry as a team," explained the five-time All-Star.
"I'm looking at the positive side of it. It's a win-win, basically, because I'm learning a lot while I'm out about the game, and my teammates are getting a lot of opportunities because it's a lot of minutes out there to play and help contribute to the team."
The Thunder will undoubtedly miss their main man in the early weeks of the season but KD's injury gives the likes of Russell Westbrook the chance to step up and show their own leadership qualities.
Durant meanwhile will be keeping a keen eye on their progress, offering advice along the way from just off the hardwood. You can be sure of that.
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