When Kevin Durant tore his Achilles during the 2019 NBA Finals, he received a message from Kobe Bryant who went through a similar experience in 2013 at the age of 34.
According to KD, the five-time NBA champion told him to not get down and assured him he would come back to being the same player he was before the injury.
“Don’t be a f—— crybaby,” Durant said of Bryant’s message, per Alex Schiffer of The Athletic. “It’s going to be all right. You’re going to come back and be who you are.”