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Ibaka's return should boost Thunder defense

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Much of the buzz around the Oklahoma City Thunder has been about Kevin Durant's return. Serge Ibaka's comeback is nearly as important. The three-time member of the All-Defense first team and two-time league blocks leader missed the final month last season while recovering from knee surgery and, without him, Oklahoma City's defense tanked. In 64 games with Ibaka...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder GM Sam Presti: Kevin Durant fully cleared for training camp

Oklahoma City Thunder fans — and arguably NBA fans as a whole — have reason to be encouraged about the upcoming season after Sam Presti announced Kevin Durant has been “cleared to participate” fully in training camp. “In terms of limitations, he does not have any,” Presti told the assembled media, via’s Anthony Slater, who live-tweeted the event via his...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant Fully Cleared For Camp, Playing 5-On-5 Already

Kevin Durant has been fully cleared for training camp as he recovers from multiple foot surgeries. Durant is already playing 5-on-5 without restrictions. "He feels great," said Sam Presti. "Looks great. Happy to have him back on the floor." Presti was asked if Durant's minutes may be reduced. "I think that's something that Billy (Donovan) and Kevin and our medical team will work on."
Via RealGM
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Offensive Development Of Serge Ibaka

Sam Presti and the SuperSonics organization took a huge gamble when they selected Serge Ibaka with the 24th pick in the 2008 NBA draft. Despite freakish athleticism for a 6’10 power forward, some experts criticized the Congolese big man for his lack of fundamentals. Words like “raw,” “unpolished,” and “unaware” followed Ibaka to draft night. Luckily, Presti and his...
Via The Sports Quotient
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Does Sam Presti know what he's doing?

The Thunder's mantra, at least from a front office standpoint, has always been "Trust the process." That's easy to say when the process is going well, but once it hits a derailment – say, firing the head coach – it becomes less easy to have faith.Sam Presti, the progenitor of this process, has, for the most part, nailed every move he's made. But with a move as monumental as this...
Via Fox Sports
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Sam Presti Salvage the Thunder’s Future?

A difficult week has likely spelled the end of a difficult season for the Oklahoma City Thunder. First came Serge Ibaka’s knee surgery on Tuesday, sidelining the forward for the remainder of the regular season. Friday, we learned Kevin Durant’s rehab was being put on hold indefinitely as his recovery from a Jones fracture in his right foot has not gone as planned. With only 14...
Via Sportsnaut
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder announce Kevin Durant is out indefinitely

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been removed from “basketball activities,” general manager Sam Presti announced Friday. Durant, who has been dealing with a foot injury all season, has not been making the anticipated progress from his latest setback during rehab. Presti said Durant will be reevaluated at a later date.  No timetable for a return has been set. ...
Via Sportsnaut
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder GM: Scott Brooks will return

Sam Presti has made it clear that he believes in Coach Brooks, who won 59 games with the Thunder during the 2013-’14 season. “Scotty, I think, did an excellent job,” Presti said Thursday. “Scott will come back a little bit better.” Brooks and the Thunder once again fell short in the playoffs, losing 4-2... The post Thunder GM Sam Presti Says Scott Brooks Will Return...
Via Hoops-Nation
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Thunder Confident In Current Team, Will Do 'Due Diligence' On Trade Market

The Oklahoma City Thunder will do their due diligence on the trade market, but Sam Presti is adamant that the organization is confident about the current makeup of the roster. "We're going to do our due diligence, but we feel good about where we are," Presti said. The Thunder have been without Russell Westbrook for extended parts of the season. The Thunder are 28-9 this season, good...
Via RealGM
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

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