"He rallied us, made sure we were all emotionally stable," Durant said.
"As a coach and as a friend, I think he does a great job," Westbrook said.
Durant added that he was disappointed he wasn't able to finish the season to help the team due to his foot injury.
"I'm definitely pissed," he said. "I can't wait for the first game [next season]."
Durant missed the first seven weeks of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot. Durant returned and played in 27 games, but complications began to arise and he was forced to undergo bone graft surgery, which ended his season.
Despite the lingering foot issue, Bell said Durant should not only return to the dominant player he was before sustaining the injury, but he will be back in time for next season.
"Despite the failure of his foot to cooperate with the initial plan following his original injury, medical evidence suggests that Durant's chances for a successful return next season are very high," Bell said.
Durant will be sidelined for the rest of the season and is expected to resume basketball activities in four to six months.
"Not what I envisioned coming into this season," Durant said on his Instagram account. "But I'm here and ready to conquer this journey. I've heard it all over the last few weeks, but I'm not here to prove anything to anybody, I'm battling myself. When quit and negativity are staring me in my face, I will stay strong and disciplined."
In 27 games this season, Durant averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
After consulting with two specialists this week, the team and Durant came to the conclusion that a bone graft procedure would be the best approach to repair the Jones fracture that Durant suffered.
Dr. Martin O'Malley will perform the surgery next week in New York and Durant is expected to return to basketball activities in four-to-six months. Durant averaged 25.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game before the injury.
"We've made the decision to remove him from basketball activities. He's not making the progress that we had hoped," Presti said.
When asked about his status for the remainder of the regular season or potentially the postseason, Presti said: "It would be really hard for me to give you exact answers, because we're waiting for those as well."
Durant suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot during the preseason that required surgery. He missed his first 17 games of the season before making his debut on Dec. 2. After being limited to only 27 games, Durant underwent a procedure to reinsert a different screw into his foot in late February, and experienced a recurrence of soreness in his foot, which caused him to sit out Thursday's practice. Now he remains without a timetable for return.
"If (him playing without soreness) takes the rest of the season, or the rest of the playoffs, that's what it takes," Presti said.
Durant averaged 25.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game before the injury. If he fails to return to the floor, he will have missed a total of 45 games with the injury.
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