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Will Kevin Durant pick the Thunder's next coach?

Sam Presti said that he didn't consult his players when he fired Scott Brooks. Now that he's looking for a new coach, will he consult his players on who to hire? It's an important decision, one that could have huge ramifications, especially as Durant's free agency inches closer and closer. (h/t Sports Illustrated)
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

From college to NBA not easy coaching adjustment

Whether or not Florida coach Billy Donovan wants to scratch his NBA itch remains to be seen. But there’s an opening in Oklahoma City, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti thinks highly of him. No interviews have been set up yet, but unlike UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Donovan has not issued any denials in regards to his interest or any assurances he’s staying in Gainesville. But...
Via Gatorsports.com - Hoops Scoop
4 days ago

Oklahoma City Thunder Fire Coach Scott Brooks

The Oklahoma City Thunder announce on Wednesday that they would be parting ways with head coach Scott Brooks following seven seasons with the team. “This is an extremely difficult decision on many levels,” general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. “This decision is not a reflection of this past season, but rather an assessment […]
Via Full Scale Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder Confident Enes Kanter Will Re-Sign

Sam Presti is confident the Oklahoma City Thunder will re-sign Enes Kanter this offseason. Kanter will be a restricted free agent. The Thunder acquired Kanter at the deadline in a trade that included a future first round pick. “We wouldn’t have traded for him if we didn’t feel like we’d be in a position to have him with us going forward,” Presti said.
Via RealGM
4 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

On Sam Presti’s Decision To Fire Scott Brooks & Why It Still Follows The ‘Spurs Model’

Today Sam Presti and the Thunder brass finally cut the cord on the Brooks era in OKC and, as with any coaching change that involves a coach that won significantly more than he lost, rubbed more than a few people the wrong way. How could Oklahoma City fire a coach that won 62% of his games [&hellip (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The post On Sam Presti’s Decision To Fire...
Via No Coast Bias
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Brooks fired by Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly fired head coach Scott Brooks. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that Thunder general manager Sam Presti met Brooks near his California home on Wednesday to inform him of the decision. Wojnarowski added that Florida coach Billy Donovan is expected to become a “serious candidate” to replace Brooks. Brooks...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder fire head coach Scott Brooks after seven seasons

The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired head coach Scott Brooks after seven seasons. Thunder general manager Sam Presti traveled to meet Brooks in California on Wednesday to deliver the news in person, Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Brooks is now the top candidate for head coaching openings with the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets, Wojnarowski reports.
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder Fire Scott Brooks

The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired Scott Brooks as head coach. Sam Presti traveled to California to meet with Brooks and inform him of their decision. Brooks became head coach of the Thunder in 2008 following a stint as interim head coach when P.J. Carlesimo was fired. Brooks helped guide the Thunder to the Finals in 2012, but came under fire repeatedly in the media in recent seasons...
Via RealGM
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Billy Donovan won't go to Oklahoma City

The last time a Florida coaching icon left for the pros, it came as a distinct shock… but it did happen. Steve Spurrier, having coached the Gators on the gridiron for 12 seasons (1990-2001), bolted for the NFL’s Washington Redskins in January of 2002. Naturally, the move wasn’t hard to explain: Spurrier wanted to scratch that NFL itch and see what the pro game was all about...
Via The Student Section
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder Will Consider Firing Scott Brooks

The Oklahoma City Thunder will evaluate whether to retain Scott Brooks as head coach in the final guaranteed year of his current contract. Brooks is guaranteed for the 15-16 season and the Thunder hold a team option for 16-17. Sam Presti has to decide an organizational direction for the final year of Kevin Durant's contract, and that will include a decision about whether Brooks remains...
Via RealGM
11 days ago  |  Discuss

More surgery for Durant, out 4-6 months

Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery on his ailing right foot and miss the remainder of the season, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Friday.
Via Philly Sports Live
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant removed from basketball activities

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant has been “removed from basketball activities” until further notice and could potentially be shut down for the season, according to Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti, who made the announcement Friday. “He’s not making the progress we’d hoped or expected,” Presti stated. National NBA reporter, Michael Lee, also made […]
Via Full Scale Sports
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant Unlikely To Return From Injury This Season For Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant likely won’t return this season. Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Friday that Durant still has pain in his right foot, well after he was expected to be ready to return. When asked if the best thing would be best to shut him down for the season, Presti said: “Essentially, that’s the direction that we’re taking...
Via NESN.com
March 20, 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

Kevin Durant shut down indefinitely, playoff status in doubt

Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced on Friday that Kevin Durant has been removed from all basketball activities, effectively shutting him down for an indefinite amount of time. “The goal is to get him back on the court healthy, whenever that is,” Presti told reporters, per Michael Lee of The Washington Post. “If...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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

Ailing Durant shut down, no return timetable

Kevin Durant has been "removed from basketball activities," Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Friday.
Via Philly Sports Live
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder F Ibaka undergoes knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder forward Serge Ibaka could miss the rest of the season after having an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee Tuesday. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Ibaka will be out four to six weeks. The playoffs begin April 18. Presti said the procedure shaved off damaged cartilage from under Ibaka's kneecap that had caused discomfort and swelling. Ibaka started...
Via AP on Fox
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Serge Ibaka could miss the rest of the season after having an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee Tuesday. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Ibaka will be out four to six weeks. The playoffs begin April 18. Presti said the procedure shaved off damaged cartilage from under Ibaka's kneecap that had caused discomfort and swelling. Ibaka...
Via AP on Fox
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Sam Presti blasts rumor that Thunder would trade Durant

Sam Presti heard the rumor that he would consider trading franchise icon Kevin Durant and shot it down forcefully. The rumor started when former Portland exec Tom Penn told Colin Cowherd that he would expect Presti to trade Durant if the 2014 league MVP does not commit to re-signing with the Thunder long term. Presti...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Sam Presti: Ludicrous To Assert Thunder Would Trade Kevin Durant

Sam Presti was asked about the idea that the Oklahoma City Thunder would consider trading away Kevin Durant. Durant will be a free agent in 2016. "It's ludicrous to assert that we would trade Kevin," said Presti to Darnell Mayberry. "There's no way to measure what he represents to our organization on and off the floor. He has helped build this organization from the ground up and...
Via RealGM
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant Plans to Return before Season’s End

Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant hasn’t appeared in a NBA game since Feb. 19 after undergoing another procedure on his right foot on Feb. 22. It’s been a rough season, to say the least, for Durant and the Thunder, too, but KD has no plans to shut it down the rest of this season according to a report from ESPN’s Royce Young: Kevin Durant asked if he’ll...
Via Crossover Chronicles
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Philadelphia 76ers: Who Should Stay 76ers?

  (Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America) By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… The Philadelphia 76ers have a young and porous roster and although I have made my opinion on the hilariously pathetic job that Sam Hinkie is doing, they have at least some talent on their roster. I still don’t know why they traded Michael Carter Williams and I probably won’t...
Via HoopStuff
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Durant has foot procedure, expected back this season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant had surgery Sunday to alleviate pain in his right foot, and the Oklahoma City Thunder expect him to return during the regular season. A screw was replaced from his October operation for a broken bone in the right foot. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said the star forward will be evaluated again within a week. Presti said the head of the original...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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