They couldn’t leave well enough alone
The job of medical professionals is to properly diagnose ailments and determine optimal recovery time. That much is unquestioned. However, certain outside factors can end up affecting whether or not a patient receives the best possible care. This was the case with the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, who tore his Achilles tendon last night, putting his ability to play any part of next season in serious jeopardy.
The crucial part to consider is that it was extremely apparent to just about every NBA observer that Durant was not ready to return. Did the fans want him to come back? Absolutely! Did he want to return and help save his team? Undoubtedly! But the fact of the matter is that a strained Achilles tendon takes months to recover from, not three weeks. Independent doctors would have been able to recognize that. However, the doctors on the Golden State Warriors staff are different. Why? Because they are employed by people, and not just any people. They’re employed by the same people who employ Kevin Durant.
At this point, just as at any other time in the season, the owner’s objective is to make as much money as possible, by any means necessary. That includes using dangerous and inadvisable means. Jalen Rose made a good point on ESPN’s First Take earlier today that the outpouring of emotion following the game from the Warriors brass seems “fake.” I don’t agree with Mr. Rose on much, but on this I certainly can. Sports are a way to distract us from the outside world, but true global culture dictates that greed pervades everything.
Over time, the actions of Bob Myers, president of basketball operations and, by extension, owner Joe Lacob, will undoubtedly come under withering criticism. It may not happen in the near future, but someday soon, fans and players alike will realize that allowing Kevin Durant to play was a poor decision motivated by a desire to prolong the Finals in order to make more money.