7footMONSTER wrote:gigantes wrote:TheNetsFan wrote:There's minimal flexibility with this roster, and it should be largely similar next year. You need to at least give it a low expectations dry run. I think the dream scenario is getting into the 6/7 spot, and having all of the size in the 1/4/5 (Milwuakee/Toronto/Philly). I'd have some confidence matching up with Boston & Miami if we have a healthy KD & Kyrie.
Yeah, this is what I'm thinking. If it's possible to safely see how Durant integrates with the roster, I see no reason not to get that useful data.
If Durant is given the go-ahead by medical professionals, and he feels comfortable doing it, there's no legit reason for further rest and rehabilitation. He will already have completed all that. Yes, he could injure himself again of course, but that's true of any player at any time. No point in psyching yourself out over something like that. No point in needlessly building up rust, either.
I also think that KD (like Irving) has the potential to set an example and help teach younger players about the finer points of the game. That's probably a whole lot easier when you're actually playing. This has been a frustrating season, sure, but there's still some opportunities to test some things out, learn from what's not working, and get a jump on next season. KD coming back early could assist with all that.
Not to mention, there's probably a solid chance that next season presents unexpected problems and frustrations as well. Might as well make the best of whatever we have, when we can.
Does it make sense to you have KD come back and play in a playoff series against the Raptors, Celtics, or Heat?
So you want your star player recovering from an Achilles injury whose been out a whole year to get maybe 10-15 games with his new teammates and then go straight into playing in the playoffs facing the best defensive teams in the league so that you can “collect some data”?
i dont think it makes sense to play hm... but opponent is irrelevant to that. no D can slow durant