Kevin Durant had many people reach out to him when he suffered the first significant injury in his NBA career and the advice from fellow superstar Kobe Bryant has been invaluable to him.
Not only were the Oklahoma City Thunder trying to make do without the reigning Most Valuable Player in the NBA Kevin Durant, but their other All-Star Russell Westbrook was recently shelved with an injury leaving the franchise in a precarious position.
Watching his team do battle without him and Westbrook has been very difficult for Durant, the 26-year-old lives and breathes the sport which is why it has been so tough for him on the sidelines.
Kobe Bryant has sustained some devastating injuries over the past few seasons, these afflictions include a torn Achilles tendon and a lateral tibial plateau fracture. The Black Mamba certainly knows how to deal with the adversity of injury and the mind frame for rehabilitation.
So who better to learn from than the 19-year NBA veteran, Durant spoke recently of struggling to cope with being on the sidelines during pre-season, desperate to get into the game, he received some bountiful advice off Bryant.
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Durant told ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" on Tuesday:
"Kobe reached out to me at one point right after I got out of surgery, We played a preseason game, and I was sitting on the sideline, and I was just wanting to get into the game. I just asked him, how'd he do it? What was his thought process? He just told me, he tried to learn the game as much as he can from the sideline and be the best teammate he can be and support all the guys."
"From a guy like Kobe that stood out to me, just knowing he's at the top of his game, but always trying to get better in all aspects, I learned a lot just from that conversation. It was big for me."
Durant had only suffered a few minor injuries throughout his NBA career and missed only 16 games, the first major injury has sidelined him for an extensive amount of time and the Thunder superstar is expected to have a re-evaluation of his progress in around four weeks.
Durant also explained:
"Even though [Bryant's] injury was worse than mine -- he was out for longer -- every time I don't play, I still feel as though something is missing from yourself,It was good to hear from him and put everything in perspective."
The Thunder have started 1-3 with the combined absence of Durant and Westbrook, in the gruelling Western Conference their playoff hopes really hang on the return dates of their superstars.
At the moment Durant can only watch whilst the rest of his team re-shuffle in order to fight their way to a respectable position by the time he can make a return late in the season, in which they will hope to climb the ladder in the Western Conference Standings.
Durant was also asked about his role on the sideline and how he has trying to help his franchise in any way possible, he responded:
"I'm just having fun cheering for my teammates, just want to tackle that part of it, be the best teammate I can be and leader from the sideline and hopefully inspire and ignite my teammates, I'm having fun doing that. Just trying to make the best of it."
The team's seeding at the end of the year will really depend on how players step up in the absence of their two stars, but many experts have expressed that the Thunder could become the most dangerous eighth seeded team in the history of the playoffs.