We’re not sure that there’s anyone in the NBA who knows Kevin Durant better than former Duke Blue Devil Quinn Cook. Cook has known him since they were growing up in Maryland - Durant is four years older - and has some opinions about his prospects after his Achilles injury:
“Who wouldn’t it be tough on? We’re humans. This is our livelihood. This is what we do. This is our sanctuary...Not being able to do what you love the most, it sucks. He has great friends, a great system, a great mind. He’s not just a basketball player — he’s not defined by basketball. That’s what people don’t realize. It sucks for him to have to get hurt for people to start looking at him as a human being...He’ll be back 10 times better, 10 times stronger.”
And pretty clearly he’ll have Cook in his corner during and after rehab.
Actually, it occurs to us that as useful as Cook has proven to be for the Golden State Warriors, he may emerge as a bigger asset as Durant recovers. If he chooses to stay with the team, Cook may have a special role to play in his recovery.