Gilbert Arenas Explains Why Wall, Durant Will Be Fine

A torn Achilles is a devastating injury, but John Wall and Kevin Durant are unique for one simple reason, Arenas says

Tiki and Tierney
July 18, 2019 - 6:32 pm

Kevin Durant and John Wall both tore their Achilles this past season. Both are All-Star players. Durant, of course, is a former MVP and two-time NBA Finals MVP.

Will either player be as effective upon their return to the court, whenever that may be? 

Former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas says yes.

“So this is perception versus reality,” Arenas said on Tiki & Tierney. “Perception says, ‘John Wall tore his Achilles. KD tore his Achilles. Everyone who tore their Achilles, their career was cut short. They were never the same.’ Well, fortunately, these two players are actually different.”

Why is that, you ask? Simple.

“They didn’t tear their jumping Achilles,” Arenas said. “Kobe, all of those guys, tore their jumping Achilles. John Wall tore his left Achilles, but he’s a right-foot jumper. He jumps and dunks with his left hand. He jumps like he’s a left-handed player. Jumping up and down does not affect John Wall.”

Same thing with KD. 

“KD tears his right Achilles,” Arenas said. “It does not stop his explosion because he jumps off of his left foot. These are the only two players who tore the opposite of everything. Everyone usually tears their jumping leg.”

Don’t buy what Arenas is saying? Brandon Tierney asked Arenas, whose career was cut short by injury, which Achilles Dominique Wilkins tore.

“Dominique tore his right one,” Arenas said. “But Dominique was a two-foot jumper.”

Someone knows their NBA history. That someone is Gilbert Arenas.

Click below to listen to his interview in its entirety.