The post-Kevin Durant era for the Oklahoma City Thunder officially begins as the team travels to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers in their NBA season opener Oct. 26. Will Russell Westrbook be able to carry the team without their former MVP? You’ll want to catch all the action so keep reading for how to watch via live stream!
It’s a new dawn for the Oklahoma City Thunder, starting their first season minus former NBA MVP Kevin Durant, 28, since 2008. With his epic off-season trade to the Golden State Warriors, all eyes will be on Russell Westbrook, 27, for the point guard to rally the team to greatness in the 2016-2017 season. Fortunately, their opener is against the former worst team in the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers, so they’re catching an early break. Be sure to tune in and watch OKC’s new era when the game tips off at 8pm EST on Oct. 26! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE OKC THUNDER VS. PHILADELPHIA 76ers GAME ONLINE
Russell know’s he’s the de facto team leader now that Kevin’s gone and he signed a three-year $85 million contract extension with the Thunder in Aug. “It’s not totally up to me how we play,” he told USA Today ahead of the game. “We have to adjust to how guys play. My job is to be able to adjust to Steven (Adams) and (Andre) Roberson; those guys have gotten better. We have to be able to adjust to the team you have, adjust on a night-in, night-out basis how you want to play.”
Luckily their first outing without Kevin is against the lowly 76ers, who finished the 2015-16 season one game shy of the worst record in NBA history at 10-72. The team was fortunate enough to get the NBA’s top overall draft pick in nabbing LSU’s Ben Simmons, but then caught a bad break when he fractured his right foot in training camp. He’s undergone surgery but will be out of commission until Jan. 2017.
The good news is they’ll have 2014 draft pick Joel Embiid, 22, FINALLY see his first NBA game after missing the last two seasons due to foot surgeries. “I can’t wait (for the game),” Joel told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “That’s going to be my first official NBA game. I just went through the preseason. I thought I got better game-by-game. I’m looking to finally get that first game.” We are too Joel!
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