The Oklahoma City Thunder face added pressure in their bid for an NBA championship thanks to a report that general manager Sam Presti would consider breaking the team up.
"They seem young now, but this is a young man's game," Presti told an Oklahoma City radio station. "If they don't win this year or in 2013, 2014 or 2015, I'll have to start thinking about tearing this team down and starting over. So, yes, there's some pressure there."
Despite being only 23 years old, Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been in the NBA for five years and is still without a ring.
"I hear the whispers all the time: 'Is he incapable of winning the big one? Is he a choker? Will Kevin Durant never win a championship?'" says Durant. "Well, I don't actually hear them. Because they are whispers. But I'm sure some people are saying stuff like that maybe."
Presti said that one of his team's biggest flaws is having too much young talent.
"It's tough. We'll probably draft a really talented player this year," he said. "But where will he play? And how do we know he's not better than someone else who's getting big minutes? It's rough. In a lot of ways, it's easier to have two or three good players and then have everyone else on the roster be complete trash. Like the Heat, for example."
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook says he wants to win a title this year.
"I always promised myself I would win an NBA title before I became old enough to rent a car," said the 23 year-old. "That means I only have this year and next year to achieve my dreams."