Sad day for basketball fans and an awful look for the NBA. I know the fans share blame in this too, but the NBA and the media have created a culture where they villainize the player for sitting out. See Kawhi last year. These doctors give their "medically cleared" opinions and the pressure to play starts. This has to stop and the athletes need to listen to their bodies. The scans don't show everything imo.
That slow-motion video puts a pit in my stomach. The history of the NBA for the next 5 years just changed drastically. If an achilles tear is the kiss of death for a 5' 10" football player built like a brick poo house, can you imagine trying to run, jump, spin, and cut on a dime with a 7 foot 250 pound frame? He won't play a single minute next season and will probably be a shell of what he was when he eventually tries to return in the Fall of 2021.
What does he even do now? Just sit out? Who's going to sign him? Who's going to pay for the surgeries and PT and rehab once his contract expires? Maybe the Warriors throw him a new good contract since they screwed him over.