Opinion: Warriors' Kevin Durant buckling up for his longest year after Achilles injury

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Maybe Kevin Durant reaches out to Kobe Bryant, or Bryant reaches out to Durant.

Bryant has become the modern-day sage when it comes to a ruptured Achilles since tearing his in 2013. Bryant has talked to Durant’s teammate DeMarcus Cousins and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, both of whom sustained serious Achilles injuries.

But no matter what Durant hears from others, he is in for a long year mostly away from the game he loves. Rehabbing an Achilles rupture is slow and difficult, testing a player’s mental fortitude as much as his or her physical limits.

“It’s a tough process, straight up,” Cousins said Wednesday. “Nobody will really understand that type of injury unless you go through it. It’s more mental than anything.”

Bryant once said the immediate aftermath of an Achilles tear “feels like the darkest moment.”

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