SI's Rohan Nadkarni has been breaking down the biggest questions for each NBA team as they look to get back into playing action. Today, the Brooklyn Nets come under the microscope, and its the outlook on Kevin Durant that seems to be the biggest question mark for the Brooklyn team hoping to return to contention.
Robin Lundberg: When will the NBA season resume is the overarching question, but there is a big question for each individual NBA team. For the Brooklyn Nets, that's what will Kevin Durant look like when he gets back. For more on that, I'm joined by our Rohan Nadkarni. Rohan, we keep asking when he'll be back, but what will he look like when he gets back?
Rohan Nadkarni: That really is what it comes down to for the Nets. And I know there are a lot of questions with them right now. Who's going to be the head coach for the future? What's going on with Kyrie Irving? Is he someone who fits into their long term plans. I mean, obviously, he was brought in with Kevin Durant. But if Kevin Durant looks like Kevin Durant, who is, you know, running through the NBA with the Warriors, it doesn't really matter what else Brooklyn does because that Kevin Durant has a case to be the best player in the league. And when Kevin Durant is playing at full capacity, that alone is to become a title contender. That's all you need is someone like him. So for the Nets, you know, there's all these ancillary questions. But if Durant is healthy and he looks like what we've grown accustomed to see him playing like there a title.
Robin Lundberg: Yeah. You know, I think people forget a little bit just how good he is. And I'm optimistic that he'll come back where he was for at for a few reasons. One, you know, competitiveness, two, modern medicine. And three, it wasn't his plant leg for sure.
Rohan Nadkarni: And, you know, the one thing that I think is funny, we often talk about it, I'm guilty of this, too, is how Kevin Durant kind of muted. Steph Curry is impacting Golden State kind of, you know, casts a shadow over all the things Steph was doing. It works the other way, too. You know, we didn't see the full bore Kevin Durant trying to carry a team every night in Golden State because he didn't have to. And he's more than capable of doing that. I mean, I wouldn't be shocked if he won another scoring title or two. We're talking about one of the most accomplished scorers in NBA history. I think if if he comes back and he's fully healthy. The Nets are going to be immediately back in the mix for winning a chip.
Robin Lundberg: Yeah. As you mentioned, not just the scorer, but a shooter, too. Rohan, appreciate your time, as always.
Rohan has been breaking down NBA team's biggest questions as we wait for basketball to return, here are some of them:
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