Nets star forward Kevin Durant is out for the 2019-20 season, keeping his eye on the 2020-21 campaign as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles sustained last June, but he continues to make strides in his injury recovery.
Joining play-by-play broadcaster Ian Eagle and color analyst Richard Jefferson on the YES Network broadcast during the first half of Wednesday's game between the Nets and Grizzlies at Barclays Center, Durant discussed the latest in his rehab process.
Among the updates, Durant said that he has been playing 3-on-3 games.
"I feel all right, I feel all right," Durant said. "It's been fun, playing 3-on-3 with the guys every day."
Jefferson asked Durant if teammates were able to make contact with him.
"Yeah, definitely," Durant said. "Especially Theo (Pinson) -- he's a hack."
Durant has been around the team for home games such as Wednesday's, but he expressed his desire to get back into the daily schedule.
"I miss the routine," Durant said. "I missed getting up every day and being one of the guys, going to practice, going to shootarounds. It's been difficult, being away from the scene. But I'm about nine months out, so I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things."
The Nets are without Durant and a fellow free agent signing and star point guard Kyrie Irving, who is now out for the season due to right shoulder surgery, but they remain confident in what their current roster is capable of.
"I'm just looking at a game from a different lens, just seeing the landscape of the league, definitely just looking at our team and just seeing guys get better every day," Durant said. "I'm seeing practice habits. I'm seeing how they transfer to the games. It's a different feel, I guess.
"You look at lineup switches and which guys can play well with each other in the half lineups. So all that stuff, I've been trying to figure out what's best for myself and for the rest of the team. And having the guys like (Joe) Harris, Kyrie, myself, Taurean (Prince) and Spencer (Dinwiddie) that can score the basketball, it's definitely going to make us unpredictable, so I'm looking forward to it."
As the Nets fight for a playoff spot, Durant looks forward to taking advantage of his return in 2020-21 beside Irving and a team that he feels can compete for an Eastern Conference title.
"We're confident," Durant said. "We've got players on this team that can definitely go out and have big nights any night, and when you have that talent on the floor, you give yourself a chance. We've got good coaching. We've got a great bench. We're looking forward to just bringing that all together. It's going to be tough as we go on the season and try to get that thing together, so it's a process, looking forward to it."