Believe it or not training camp opens for the Thunder in less than two weeks. That means no more waiting and wondering. All of our questions about this revamped squad will soon be answered.
The biggest unknown during these dog days undoubtedly has been whether the Thunder has enough to win it all. Scores of smaller yet still significant issues must first play out before we discover the answer to that million dollar question however.
As we count down these final days here are five of the most pressing questions going into the 2013-14 Thunder season.
How will Russell Westbrook return?
An unfortunate knee injury to Westbrook devastated a state and derailed the Thunder’s season. How Westbrook bounces back from that setback will now determine how far the Thunder can go. For five seasons we’ve watched Westbrook display one of the most fearless styles of play on the planet. His relentless attack has always put pressure on defenses and given the Thunder a go-to option whenever all else fails. But will Westbrook still have that same gear with a reconstructed knee? Will he still have that same mentality? Westbrook is expected to make a full recovery from the torn meniscus he suffered on April 24. But he may not be 100 percent to start the season. As a result we may see a different player initially than the Tasmanian devil we’ve grown accustomed to. After an offseason of rehab Westbrook’s confidence and rhythm will be worth monitoring just as much as his motor and athleticism.