The Thunder officially announced Thursday that Donovan will take over for Scott Brooks, who was fired last week. Many wondered how Durant would take the news given the fact that Donovan has never coached in the NBA before.
According to both ESPN.com's Royce Young and The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry, the six-time All-Star doesn't have any doubts about the choice for Brooks' successor:
In itself, taking over this Thunder team comes with a lot of pressure. In Brooks' six full seasons, the franchise won an average of 67 percent of its regular-season games and went to an NBA Finals and two Western Conference Finals.
Then there's the ticking time bomb that is Durant's contract. He's an unrestricted free agent in 2016. If the franchise takes a step back in Donovan's first year, there's a good chance the Thunder might lose one of their best players.
CBS Sports' Doug Gottlieb believes that Donovan can succeed where many college coaches have failed:
Young added that Donovan fits the ideal that general manager Sam Presti is looking for in a head coach:
It would have been more surprising if Durant raised issue with the hiring, but Thunder fans will certainly feel much better hearing that he's excited for next year. As long as he and Russell Westbrook avoid the injury bug, Oklahoma City should be in a position to compete for a title in 2015-16.
Speculation regarding Durant's future will only continue to grow the closer to summer 2016 we get. The hiring of Donovan certainly adds an intriguing variable to the situation.