Warriors' Kevin Durant underwent successful Achilles surgery and now will be on the road to recovery.
Coming back from such an injury can be daunting.
Durant will likely be out of commission for quite some time before getting significant NBA minutes again as this type of injury can impact a player tremendously.
Something forward Rudy Gay knows all too well.
Gay suffered the same type of injury in Sacramento in 2017 before signing with the San Antonio Spurs as a free agent.
In a chat with The Undefeated, Gay said he reached out to Durant and touched on what the Warriors All-Star has ahead of him in his rehab process.
“He hit me back and was appreciative,” Gay told The Undefeated over the phone from Milan. “We will have a conversation soon.”
“The biggest thing is finding your rhythm and knowing your body,” said Gay, who will be a free agent again this summer. “As long as you can continue to heal and get your rhythm back, the only thing that will be new is figuring out your body.”
Gay credited the Spurs for slowly bringing him back from his injury.
“After surgery, I was out of a cast in three weeks. I was able to play six months after surgery. But the Spurs scaled me back.”
Last season, was Gay's most productive as a Spur and since coming back from his Achilles injury.
He ranked second on the team in rebounds per game (6.8) and third in scoring (13.7), while playing 26.7 minutes per game. His 6.8 rebounds per contest this season set a new single-season career high.
Gay shot 50.4 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from beyond the arc, which was both single-season career highs for the 13-year NBA veteran. He led the team in rebounds 13 times, steals 15 times and blocked shots 13 times.
Gay is a free agent this summer.