The future was looking mighty bright for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the end of 2012. Despite losing in the NBA finals to the Miami Heat, the young Thunder team made its elite status known to the entire world. Oklahoma City basketball was widely recognized as the NBA’s future with expectations to join the legacy ranks of the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and San Antonio Spurs.
As we all know, things haven’t been so bright for OKC since that single NBA Finals appearance, and all of the conversations regarding elite status and legacy are calming down as the focus turns to where Kevin Durant will be after this season due to hitting free agency.
The Western Conference just continues to get stronger, while the Thunder continues to have setback after setback. The cards just haven’t been dealt in Oklahoma City’s favor the past three seasons; however, Thunder fans should remain hopeful, because the clock has not run out… yet.
For the first time since 2011-2012 NBA Season, Oklahoma City basketball is hitting the court fully refreshed. With the return of healthy superstars, a new coaching staff, and arguably the deepest bench in OKC history- the ceiling is high and drive is more existent than ever before.
Kevin Durant is healthy with a huge chip on his shoulder. The 2014 NBA MVP is hitting the court with a vengeance all season long- simply because of how he’s been forgotten. He’s already vocally reminding fans that he’s the best player in the world. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook is only continuing to build off of his explosive 2014-2015 NBA season. The ceiling is high and this duo is looking to prove the naysayers wrong.
Expect no mercy on Western Conference competition. And Eastern Conference competition. Because all competition is going to suffer.
This current NBA season is the final “do or die” moment for OKC basketball as we know it. Every player on the Thunder roster realizes this and they all want to get the job done. Expect more focus than ever before.
Michael Jordan didn’t win his first ring until he was 28 years old. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will be 27 years old this season.
There’s still time to complete the job, even if it is the final hour.