After missing six weeks with a fractured right foot, reigning MVP Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder will make his season debut on Tuesday night (Dec. 2) against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The NBA star underwent surgery in mid-October too repair a Jones fracture, and was set to be re-evaluated in six weeks. After returning to practice last week, the Thunder gave KD the green light to return.
“Just excited to get back out there with my teammates,” Durant tells ESPN. “It’s been a long six and a half weeks just trying to get better and get my foot right. The training staff did a great job, so I’m just looking forward to playing tonight.
“I know it’s going to be a little bit different for me not having played … and then going out there and playing the highest level of basketball,” he continued. “But, I’m looking forward to going out there and seeing where I am and playing as hard as I can for my team.”
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Durant will play around 30 minutes against the Pelicans.
Durant had previously missed just 14 games total in his seven-year NBA career, so his six-week absence has been his longest stretch of time off during his career.