Pressure Front Office For Talent Acquisition
While KD rightfully refuses to take questions regarding his free agency bid next year, as if there weren’t enough day-to-day distractions, there’s no denying that the heat is on the Thunder’s front office and management to provide Durant with a cushion of reliable support if they plan on keeping him. Russell Westbrook’s contract with the Thunder runs until the 2017 season but Durant’s and Westbrook’s bid for winning a championship together seems to be now or never over the course of these next two years…that’s if Durant opts to stay and sign an extension with the team after this season.
Aside from securing a long-term deal with Durant, bringing on role players and adding depth to the roster should be the Thunder’s other main focus, especially if they want the former to happen. The pressure is on the team’s front office to build and manage a championship-caliber team.
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Just Do Him
While we can list the countless things KD can do/should do to improve his game and up his chances of winning a championship, things like strengthening the upper half of his body or making an off-the-court deal with the devil somewhere, the truth is KD has the skill, killer instinct, and competitive drive it takes to lead the Thunder to a championship so as long as he’s able to stay healthy. Once he’s able to fully overcome the mental hurdles that accompany injuries, he’ll be able to get back to doing him, which means using the offseason to improve, going full stride and beastmode in his return on the court and fueling his desire for a championship more and more. The Thunder always have a fighting chance if they keep a healthy squad, which is more than you say about a lot of other teams in the league; what’s left is to go out and get it.
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Kevin Durant at full health is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world. While LeBron James, Magic Johnson to Durant’s Larry Bird, has hoisted up the Larry O’Brien championship trophy twice in-between the Spurs reign and Golden State’s rapid rise (starring Stephen Curry) atop a loaded Western Conference, Durant has been dealt one tough break after another. There were the injuries last season that sent OKC to the lottery. There were playoff injuries in prior years for both Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook. Before that, there was the trade of James Harden.
During Durant’s absence, a perfervid Russell Westbrook picked up where Durant left off by clinching the 2014-2015 NBA scoring title. Oklahoma City’s wins couldn’t match Westbrook’s numbers on offense as the Thunder failed to nab the eighth seed to make the playoffs. To make matter worse for an already limp Thunder team, they lost Ibaka during a critical, late-season push to make the playoffs.
Kevin Durant, who dubbed himself “The Servant,” is looking to reclaim his status as one of the best ballers on the planet. The Thunder’s top three with Durant, Westbrook, and Ibaka are all healthy and ready to go for the upcoming regular season. They’re looking to bounce back as one of the Western Conference’s premier teams.
For KD to win a championship, however, it’s going to take more than a just healthy squad. Here are 5 Things Kevin Durant Must Do to Win the NBA Championship This Season that don’t involve KD jumping ship to a manicured, championship-finalized squad.
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