Jay Williams sounds off on Kevin Durant’s possible Nets return

Jay Williams doesn’t assume it is the smartest idea, but his buddy Kevin Durant has defied the odds in advance of.

Nets GM Sean Marks lastly left the door open to Durant returning from operation to mend an Achilles tendon tear in time for a probable playoff event in July if the NBA season resumes.

“That’s a $a hundred and ten million concern,” Marks claimed Sunday. “I just really do not know how coming out of this pandemic will impact any one, let on your own Kevin.’’

Williams, an ESPN NBA analyst who also hosts “The Boardroom” with Durant, feels it could be too risky, heading from a single year off to a playoff cauldron.

Durant experienced progressed to 3-on-3 game titles when the coronavirus pandemic shut the league down. He experienced been resigned to returning following Oct for the 2020-21 season. Now Durant could be finding antsy since the 2020-21 season may perhaps not begin right until Dec. twenty five.

Williams is involved the playoff occasion would function number of off times. The Nets are in seventh place in the East and Kyrie Irving (shoulder operation) is completed for the season.

“I assume everybody’s antsy,’’ Williams told The Submit. “As it relates to Kevin, it is dependent on the timetable of those people game titles and how condensed it is. It is a single thing to occur back again and begin the commencing of following season exactly where there’s time and place between game titles and [you can] maintain your physique ramped up the suitable way. But an individual coming back again off an personal injury and go suitable into a playoff circumstance, I really do not assume it is possible or honest on Kevin himself. But Kevin is his possess guy. He’ll do what he desires to do.”

Kevin Durant and Jay WilliamsAnthony J. Causi, AP

The excellent news is Durant was in exceptional condition in March, dazzling in those people casual 3-on-3 matches.

“He is operating out and feels terrific which is truly excellent to hear,’’ Williams claimed. “One of the best gamers in the entire world to truly feel he can go is extraordinary. The concern is the [playoff] timetable that nobody is aware.

“It’s about how extensive will they prepare? How extensive will he engage in 5-on-5 with actual physical call?. There is a lot of concerns that need to have to be answered. A person can have terrific personal exercises and pickup game titles but right until you engage in in whole stay-match situation with teammates, I really do not know the answer.’’

Reviews suggest a 3-7 days teaching camp would be staged. Groups in metropolitan areas exactly where the lockdown is over can open their teaching amenities to gamers for personal exercises commencing Friday. The Nets and Knicks engage in in a condition exactly where the lockdown isn’t scheduled to be over right until May well 15 but the lockdown “downstate’’ is expected to final extended.

Knicks radio analyst Brendan Brown claimed on MSG Network a 3-7 days camp is extensive thinking of the match options are previously in place. Not so, suggests Williams.

“They’ve been sitting on their butts,’’ claimed Williams, the former Duke star of NBA gamers “I felt out of tune with my physique when I took two times off, let on your own two months. Conditioning needs to get back again to a large level so they are not hurt. If you shortened it, you jeopardize gamers to placing them at danger for personal injury for following season.’’