Thunder’s new head coach Billy Donovan will go to his first day of school today. He will be having his home debut, coaching his newly acquired Thunder squad against a thriving powerhouse Spurs team. He will also begin his stint in the NBA against one of the best coaches in the NBA, in Popovich, who is coming into the season with 1,022 wins.
Donovan nervous? Not a bit.
“Eighty-two games is a lot of game,” Donovan stated. “Every game, at that moment in time, is going to be big. Right now, we’re in October, it’s the first game of the year.”
No matter the confidence in Donovan’s voice, nobody wants to come out in a home season opener and get spanked around. It’s going to be hard against a Spurs team, who added LaMarcus Aldridge and David West to accomadate the homers Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, and Manu Ginobili.
The Spurs have been known to have consistent lineups for the last decade continuously with rare additions that portray great talent.
However, this summer, the Spurs were able to recruit Aldridge, which made this powerhouse team even more dangerous. Duncan is even satisfied.
“Over the years we’ve missed out on a bunch of people,” Duncan said. “It’s kind of the first time that we’ve gotten a guy of this caliber. I was floored by it.”
On the other end, some great news for Thunder fans is that Donovan stated superstar F Kevin Durant will be starting the season strong, with no minute restrictions.
In regards to the new coaching position, Durant seems to be mending well so far. Durant stated that “I enjoy him. Great basketball mind, but more so, a better person. We’ve hit it off since the beginning. Just excited to play for him.”
As we all know, the Western Conference has another year of fully loaded teams all ready to make a bang this year as we ride through the regular season and head towards the playoffs. However, the Spurs and Thunder can arguably lead the pack as we get on with the season.
Tune in to ESPN at 8pm ET to catch the game live!
It’s going to be great to see this story unfold. Hold on to your seat belts ladies and gentlemen…
Spark Sports NBA Analyst