Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins gave some advice to Kevin Durant regarding the critics the latter is dealing with.
“Don’t listen to people telling you what you can or can’t do,” Wilkins told Yahoo Sports, per Mike Mazzeo. “Because no one knows your heart better than you do.
I heard all those negative things. And I used it as fuel to prove [my critics] wrong. So that’s what he has to do.
Because you’re going to have your doubters. You’re going to have your naysayers. You’re going to have all these people that have an opinion of what you’re going to be like when you come back.
They’re going to be quick to say, ‘Well, the guy can shoot the ball and he’s talented, but what about the explosion?’ You get people saying stuff like that.
So again, it comes down to, ‘How do you prove people wrong?’ You go out there, believe in yourself and work hard to get back to that star level. And I think everything else will take care of itself,” Wilkins added.
Wilkins suffered a torn Achilles tendon in January of 1992 and returned during the 1992-93 season with the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 29.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 71 games.
Durant has been recovering from a similar injury and will be sidelined for almost a year. He is not expected to play for the Brooklyn Nets this season.