Kevin Durant gives update on hamstring injury, feels close to return

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Kevin Durant on court in plain clothes
Kevin Durant on court in plain clothes

Kevin Durant spoke to the media on Thursday to give an update on the hamstring injury that's kept him off the floor for the last month and a half.

'I feel good, I'm progressing pretty well and I'm looking forward to being out there with my teammates pretty soon," Durant said.

The superstar forward was having a stellar year back on the court after missing an entire year to recover from a torn achilles, averaging 29 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.4 blocks over 19 games.

But what was thought to be a minor hamstring strain that would only keep Durant out for a couple of weeks turned into a much more serious injury.

"I didn't initially think it was that bad, just a regular strain," Durant said. "I thought it was a grade one, it felt like that. Then we get a second scan and they said it was a little deeper than that.

"It's one of those things where I'm not feeling a lot of pain, but it's just like, you don't want to force one of these injuries and go out there and make it worse. ...So just try to be patient with it all and just rehab as hard as I can."

The Nets have done arguably the best job you could ask for in trying to supplement the team in Durant's absence, adding Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge in the buyout market to create the ultimate superteam.

Durant got to play with Kyrie Irving and James Harden (once he came to Brooklyn in a trade) before going down, but the 11-time All-Star said he was eager to get on the floor with the new acquisitions as well.

"Adding Blake and LaMarcus, two guys with veteran experience, looking forward to playing alongside them," Durant said. "Guys who've been through a lot in this league and looking forward to another opportunity to chase something special here with us."

When Durant is ready to return, a potential lineup of him, Irving, Harden, Griffin and Aldridge will surely put the rest of league on notice.