Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti has never been about the quick fix. Yes, the Thunder's journey from the lottery to title contender is years in the making, but the work is hardly done.
Nothing is assumed in OKC. There is no sense of entitlement for the defending Western Conference champions. They just don't expect to be back in The Finals next June. That's just not the Thunder way.
"We'd be doing a disservice to ourselves if we were to take any kind of approach other than coming in and just doing our jobs, understanding what works for us and putting in an honest day's work and going home," Presti told media gathered Wednesday at the team's practice facility.
There's plenty to work with when sizing up the Thunder. Kevin Durant, a three-time scoring champ, may just be the best player in the West. Russell Westbrook is an All-Star. James Harden is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. Is there a power forward around with more upside than 23-year-old Serge Ibaka?