Kevin Durant has been cleared for all basketball activities.
Oklahoma Thunder general manager Sam Presti made the great announcement on Wednesday, at his preseason news conference, ESPN reported.
Durant is expected to make a comeback at the Thunder’s training sessions starting next week. OKC faced one of the their major setbacks when they failed to qualify for the playoffs last season. Durant missed 27 games last season following three surgeries on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture which made him sit out of the league temporarily.
Though he was partially cleared to play, last August, he only managed to participate in noncontact drills at a USA Basketball minicamp.
ESPN quoted Presti saying, “He’s been playing without restriction, 5-on-5 and competing as normal”. Excited about Durant’s comeback, he further commented, “With that said, as any of our players coming off injury, we’re going to be watching and managing practice, recovery time; we’re going to be watching. But as far as limitations, he doesn’t have any.”
Rotoworld noted that Durant might not make a comeback immediately even though he was cleared to play following team monitoring rest and recovery.
Presti stated that it is standard procedure in all Thunder’s preseason games and remained ambiguous about Durant’s playing time. Thunder’s medical staff would keep Durant under constant watch.
The hopeful GM exclaimed, “He feels great. Looks great. It’s great to have him back on the floor, I am happy for him because he’s been so committed and so disciplined to that process of getting back on the floor.”
Following Thunder’s disappointing exit last season, the coach said that the team would do everything in its reach to perform better this season and wont bury their heads in the sand. He further talked about Durant being a Hall of Fame player, a legacy which should better be preserved in Oklahoma City.