Similar to Moore, Durant received an encouraging message of his own the night he tore his Achilles – a text from Kobe Bryant. The Black Mamba tore his Achilles in 2013 at age 34 and famously stayed in the game to shoot a pair of free throws before limping off the court. “Don’t be a f—— crybaby,” Durant said of Bryant’s message. “It’s going to be all right. You’re going to come back and be who you are.” Bryant stayed on Durant days afterward and discussed people to work with and certain physical therapies. But Durant said Bryant’s advice was just that – advice. Durant went on his own from there. “When my mind was racing everywhere, it was good to hear from him,” Durant said. “Especially him going through it later in his career.”
March 25, 2023 | 9:19 pm EDT Update
De'Aaron Fox will not play against Jazz
Jason Anderson: De’Aaron Fox (hamstring) is out vs. the Jazz tonight. Mike Brown says that’s “more precautionary than anything else.”
Sean Cunningham: Mike Brown is asked about what it would mean to him to earn NBA’s Coach of the Year in his first season with Sacramento. In typical Mike Brown fashion, credits those around him and says it would be celebrated more by the city and the Kings organization. pic.twitter.com/vSlmNuxREn
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams’ full response when asked about his approach to calling timeouts during opposing teams’ runs: pic.twitter.com/5m75q3dCMU
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams said Deandre Ayton and Kevin Durant “are progressing,” but obviously won’t play tonight. Said DA’s injury after taking a hit and making him miss this many games is just one of those things that happens
KC Johnson: Bulls list Alex Caruso questionable vs. Lakers with left midfoot soreness. Javonte Green is out. DeMar DeRozan, who said after Saturday’s practice that he plans to play, isn’t listed on report.
March 25, 2023 | 7:33 pm EDT Update
LeBron James upgraded to doubtful against Bulls
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James’ status has been upgraded to doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, per the Lakers. His first status change since his foot injury.