So when Durant reinjured his right leg early in the second half of Golden State’s comeback victory in the NBA finals, Woods felt more than a twinge of sympathy. It was as if he could feel the throbbing of the Achilles injury himself.
After all, Woods won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on a broken leg, and since then has undergone four back surgeries before regaining his form.
“It was sad,” Woods said during a question-and-answer session with reporters on Tuesday at Pebble Beach. “As athletes we've all been there to that spot when you just know it, that something just went, and can't move, can't do much of anything. And you can see it on his face, how solemn his face went. He knows it when things pop. You just know.
“And I've been there. I've had it to my own Achilles. I've had it to my own back. I know what it feels like. It's an awful feeling. And no one can help you. That's the hard part. And whether he has a procedure going forward or not, or whatever it is, his offseason, what that entails, that's the hardest part about it is the offseason or the rehab.”
Woods also knows what Durant may face to effect a recovery from the injury.
“I mean, if he popped it, then that's six to nine months of rehabbing,” Woods said. “That's what people don't see, is all those long hours that really do suck. And why do we do it? Because we're competitors.
“As athletes, our job is to make the human body do something it was never meant to do and to do it efficiently and better than anybody who is doing it at the same time. Well, sometimes things go awry. And we saw it last night with Kevin.”