Media day Friday, training camp Saturday. Here are the big questions as the 2013-14 Thunder season kicks off:
Who is Russell Westbrook?
Westbrook is still without an official timetable and it’s actually unknown when he’ll be on the court. Don’t panic. That’s not a bad thing. That’s just the Thunder being the Thunder, trying to tamp down expectations. Announcing Westbrook would be back on a certain day or proclaiming him fit to start the season would bring with it the assumption that he’s ready and back to 100 percent. He’s not.
He’ll be ready to play almost assuredly for opening night, but he’s going to need time to work into shape, to rediscover his form, to get back to being himself and to gain confidence on a surgically repaired knee. Remember: This the first significant injury Westbrook has ever dealt with. These guys aren’t robots or players on a video game. When they’re cleared to play, that doesn’t mean they’re ready to play. Give him some time. Don’t panic, don’t freak out when he lays in something below the rim rather than finishing with power. Keep Reading…