NORFOLK, Virginia — The Warriors, and KD in particular, were cruising. He had been utterly dominant through a round and a half of playoff action. The best player in the world on his way to a 3rd straight Finals MVP, and then probably a move East to complete his legacy. T’would be an epic saga.
Then a calf strain on a play he’s made countless times throughout his career, this beginning a saga of a different kind. One that would see him migrate to Brooklyn with just one Achilles intact after playing just 12 more playoff minutes following that injury.
The circumstances and mystery surrounding the decisions and consequences in the months following that original calf strain are the height of NBA intrigue. Perhaps most interesting is the physical progress from a calf strain to a ruptured Achilles.
We’ll try to get a better understanding of what happened, why it happened and who let it happen.