Kevin Durant expects to live to 100. Asked recently why he is so sure he’ll reach the century mark, he raised his eyebrows, shrugged and shot back: “Why not?” By that measure, Durant — less than two weeks removed from his 30th birthday — is nowhere near middle-aged. The life span of an NBA career, however, forces most 30-year-olds to consider their professional mortality. It is an important reality for the Warriors, whose four core players — Durant, Stephen Curry (30), Klay Thompson (28) and Draymond Green (28) — are at or near age 30. To guarantee long-term success, Golden State must keep those four together and ensure that they defy conventional wisdom, playing at an All-Star level well into their 30s. With that in mind, the Warriors hired Rick Celebrini — a master at helping athletes push the limits of their prime — as their director of sports medicine and performance in August. Celebrini boasts an impressive resume that spans the NBA, NFL, NHL and even the Canadian men’s alpine ski team, but it was his work with Steve Nash that made him Golden State’s top choice. Kevin Durant works with Dr. Rick Celebrini, director of sports medicine and… Read full this story
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