Kevin Durant is ready to go.
Actually, he is already going. The former MVP is coming off multiple surgeries to repair a Jones fracture to his right foot, but he has been playing 5-on-5 at the Thunder practice facility and is fully cleared for practice, Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti said at a news conference Wednesday. Royce Young of ESPN was on hand.
After the health concerns for Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka in recent years, new coach Bill Donovan should find a way to limit their minutes when he can. It’s a marathon, one where the Thunder need to be fresh for the sprint the final miles (the playoffs).
It’s simple: If Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka are near healthy the Thunder are legitimate title contenders. With the margins between the top teams in the West being so tight, that’s where questions such as, “is Donovan ready?” or “will Enes Kanter‘s defense be too big a liability?” come into play.
But the Thunder need to answer the big health questions first, and at least they are starting on the right foot (so to speak).