With Foot Healed and Free Agency Next, Kevin Durant Ready to Be Story of Season

August 11th, 2015 by Ethan Skolnick Leave a reply »

LAS VEGAS — There were smiles for sure, plenty of them, flashed most frequently while he was engaging in friendly conversation or competition with his fellow stars, and especially his fellow (Russell Westbrook) or former (James Harden) teammates.

But there were also flashes of anger Tuesday, aimed entirely at himself, whenever he couldn't get a shot to fall. Those, too, were positive developments, signs that Kevin Durant is not only back where he belongs, on a floor with the game's other greats, but also is getting back to himself, getting back to expecting little less than excellence. 

After all, it wasn't clear that he would be so far along at this stage, just a little over four months following a third surgery on his right foot, this one a bone-graft repair to the fifth metatarsal. 

"Remember Christmas as a kid?" Durant said, smiling, when asked about the feeling of participating with his peers on the first day of USA Basketball training camp. "It's like that." 

And if NBA fans in general, and Thunder fans in particular, liked what they saw of him on the ...

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