Kevin Durant's mom recalls 'anguish' in his eyes, says decision to return still needs to be analyzed

It’s been an emotional 36 hours since Golden State Warrior superstar Kevin Durant went down in the second quarter of a Game 5 victory over the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals on Monday night.

While the extent of his Achilles injury is still unknown as of Wednesday morning, his mother, Wanda Durant, spoke about the moment and her thoughts on the story lines to come out of it during an appearance on Good Morning America.

Wanda Durant: ‘He worked so hard’

Durant told GMA’s Robin Roberts she was watching Game 5 on TV and was excited for her son’s early success in his first game back since a calf injury suffered in the Western Conference semifinals. He scored 11 points before leaving early in the second quarter.

“I was excited for him because I know how much he loves the game and I know how he’s been injured before so I knew he wasn’t going to jeopardize himself,” she told GMA.

The injury was a jarring moment that may forever change Durant’s career as well as the trajectory of the NBA.

“I was just glued on him and glued on his eyes to see how he was doing,” Durant told GMA. “It’s still kind of hurtful to see the anguish in his eyes. He looked as though he felt somewhat dejected at that time.”

The mother and son talked within 10 minutes of the injury, she said, and he reassured her.

“He just told me not to cry because I know he worked so hard to get back to play. And he just told me it was going to be OK, just don’t worry,” she said.

There was no halftime update from the locker room on his condition due to the “raw emotion.” He was later ruled out and an emotional Bob Myers, Warriors’ president of basketball operations, announced during the post-game press conference it is an Achilles injury.

Wanda Durant on Raptors fans cheering

In the immediate moments after Kevin Durant went down and slid to the side of the court, some Raptors fans at Scotiabank Arena were cheering and waving a “good bye” at the star.

“At the time I didn’t hear them. It was completely silence to me because I was just watching him,” she said. “But when I heard about it I was really hurt. Kind of disappointed that that was the first [response] after something so horrific.”

Durant credited Raptors Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka, whom she calls “dear sons of mine,” for calming down the crowd as the Warriors helped Durant to the locker room

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and his mother Wanda Durant celebrate after winning the 2017 NBA Finals on June 12, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY - APRIL 14: Wanda Pratt, mother of Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder, cheers for her son as he takes on the Memphis Grizzlies on April 14, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 15: Forward Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder hugs his mother, Wanda Pratt after a 90-105 win against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder defeated the Grizzlies to advance to the Western Conference Finals. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 15 : Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder embraces his mother, Wanda Pratt, after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at the Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 28: Wanda Pratt, mother of Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates Durant's winning basket over the Dallas Mavericks in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City defeated Dallas 99-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 30: Wanda Pratt, Mother of Kevin Durant #35 on the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates during the game against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- MAY 16: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder embraces his mother Wanda Pratt after his team defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 16, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 16: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder, left, hugs his mother Wanda Pratt following his team's victory against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 16, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder hugs his mother Wanda Pratt after the Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19, 2012 at the The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 31: Wanda Pratt, the mother of Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant cheers on the Thunder in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 31, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 21: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is congratulated by his mother, Wanda Pratt, after winning Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 21, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 2: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is congratulated by his mother Wanda Pratt after his teams victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 2, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 06: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is congratulated by his mother Wanda Pratt after his team defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 6, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - May 3, 2014: Wanda Pratt and Rayvonne Durant during the Memphis Grizzlies game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Arena on May 3, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Mother of professional basketball player Kevin Durant, Wanda Durant visits the SiriusXM Studios on May 04, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 22: The mother of Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Wanda, reacts in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 22, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 28: TNT reporter Craig Sager interviews Wanda Pratt, mother of Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder, before Game Six of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 28, 2016 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Wanda Durant, mother of NBA star Kevin Durant, attends Icon Talks on June 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with his mother Wanda after being named Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 09: Wanda Durant, mother of Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors, looks on in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22: Wanda Durant poses for a photo with the Western Conference Championship Trophy after the Golden State Warriors won Game Four of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 22, 2017 AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Noah Graham /NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Wanda Durant hugs Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors after winning Game Five of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 12, 2017 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with his mother Wanda after being named Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Wanda answers if Durant should have played

Everyone has a take on who is to blame and if Kevin Durant should have been in the lineup at all Monday during the elimination game in Toronto. The Warriors’ victory moves the series back to Oracle Arena for one last game there and the Raptors up, 3-2.

Charles Barkley was among the many commentators on Tuesday’s media shows calling out the Warriors and placing blame on the organization. Myers called it a “collaborative” decision for Durant to play in his post-game comments and said he was cleared by doctors.

Wanda Durant told GMA it still has to be analyzed to “see if they made the right decision. That’s kind of up in the air right now.”

“What I will say is the doctors said he was OK,” she said. “Kevin couldn’t have gone on his own to say he was going to play without the advisement of the doctors.”

Sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports! that though he was cleared, the 10-time all-star was not anywhere close to 100 percent.

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) goes down with a leg injury against the Toronto Raptors during first half action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after sustaining an injury during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Kevin Durant #35 is helped to his feet by Klay Thompson #11 and Quinn Cook #4 of the Golden State Warriors after sustaining an injury against the Toronto Raptors in the first half during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors reacts as Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors is carried off the court in the first half during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Kevin Durant, alero de los Warriors de Golden State, es ayudado a salir de la cancha tras lesionarse durante el quinto partido de la Final de la NBA ante los Raptors de Toronto, el lunes 10 de junio de 2019 (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant glances up at the stands as he walks off the court after sustaining an injury during first half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) is consoled as he walks off the court after sustaining an injury during first half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) walks off the court after sustaining an injury as Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka (9) addresses the crowd, while Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) and Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) look on during first half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors is assisted off the court after sustaining an injury in the first half against the Toronto Raptors during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Idea Durant faked calf injury ‘harsh’

Wanda Durant said she had been quiet over the years while people questioned her son’s care for the game. If Kevin Durant’s return in Game 5 proves anything, it’s that his initial injury was real and his commitment to the Warriors true.

She took to Twitter on Monday night and explained those comments further to GMA’s Roberts as she began to get emotional.

“The last few years there has been a lot of questions about who he is as a person, his love for his teammates, his love for the game. And it was really painstaking but because my son is an adult now and the NBA is his employer I chose not to respond. But after they questioned him about an injury, faking an injury, using an injury for his benefit, I felt that was really harsh ... I know that’s not who my son is so i just wanted to let them know, I’ve been hearing all their words over the years.”

The results of an MRI are expected Wednesday. Durant, who can opt-out of his contract next month, could miss the entire 2019-2020 season depending on the extent of the injury.

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