As a late February Brooklyn Nets practice wrapped up and players began to leave the floor, Kevin Durant hopped off a training table, grabbed a basketball and made his way toward a hoop.
With every shot he drained, any timidity to his steps faded and a familiar assurance took over. Eight months removed from rupturing his Achilles tendon, he wasn’t quite ready to be back — at least not yet.
Durant kept to his rehabilitation routine, oftentimes in a gray beanie, going from his scooter to walking, from walking to running, from running to jumping and from jumping to cutting with a ball in his hands. One of the greatest scorers in NBA history was building himself back up from the very basics.
“If I’d played last year, I would have probably been overwhelmed with just a quick change, switching teams and being in a different environment,” Durant told reporters last week. “But I think having a year under my belt definitely helped me coming into this camp because I know the training staff, the coaches and my teammates pretty well now.”
The only time Durant spoke to the media during the season was in the days after Kobe Bryant died. Durant’s teammate Cheap Kyrie Irving Jersey considered Bryant a close friend and a mentor. Following a film session two days after Bryant’s death, the Nets’ public relations staff asked Irving to talk to reporters, but he declined. Instead, Durant said that he would do it, allowing Irving to continue to mourn away from cameras.
NBA legend Steve Nash, the current coach of the Brooklyn Nets, has just closed on a Cobble Hill townhouse.
Nash, who is also a filmmaker and heads the Steve Nash Foundation to help underserved kids, paid $4.99 million for the gorgeous, 20-foot-wide brick townhouse — down from its original $6.49 million asking price in 2019.
“He was looking for more space for his family,” a source said.
Nash, who is known for his love of pick-up soccer games, also loves the chill neighborhood, the source added.
The five-bedroom, 4½-bathroom home, on Amity Street, is 4,200 square feet. Gut renovated, it’s decked out in clean earth tones and anchored by a custom curved, plaster staircase.
The townhouse stoop leads into a parlor floor with an open living, dining and chef’s kitchen. The formal living room features a marble fireplace mantle.
The 4,200-square-foot home has five bedrooms and is anchored by a custom curved, plaster staircase.
Details throughout the home include wide-plank white oak floors, exposed white brick, custom built-ins and modern steel casement doors and windows that open up the landscaped garden and parlor areas.
There’s also a full-floor main bedroom suite, a finished cellar for a playroom or home gym and a roof deck with skyline, sunset and water views.
The listing brokers, Ravi Kantha and Matthew Lesser, of Leslie J. Garfield, declined to comment, as did the Nets.
Otherwise, Durant was a shadowy figure in the background of the Nets’ season, yet his presence loomed. He arrived at most games in Barclays Center less than an hour before tipoff and would walk onto the floor in a sport coat with his team. He was part observer, part coach.
Right before the starting lineups were introduced at those games, Brooklyn’s video-screen hype montage concluded by cycling through each player on the roster in rapid succession, from Cheap Jarrett Allen Jersey to Cheap Joe Harris Jersey to Irving. The final image: a piercing close-up of Durant staring from the screen down onto the court. He has been eyeing this comeback for more than 550 days.
Now he’s back. This is his team to lead with Irving, his friend and co-star. Cheap Kevin Durant Jersey is no longer the mysterious figure hanging over the Nets’ franchise. He’s at the very center of their future, and that’s where the new questions arise. — Malika Andrews