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The Missing Rings: The 2011 Oklahoma City Thunder

Background: After reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2010 (lost 4 games to 1 against Dallas) many expected the young and hungry Oklahoma City Thunder to contend for an NBA Championship in 2011. The young and talented nucleus of players that GM Sam Presti had built in the Draft and Head Coach Scott Brooks had built up were ready for a championship. OKC went 47-19 (earned the...
Via Real Sports Entertainment Network
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where everything is going according to plan

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. When Ainge finally hit the demolition button on the New Big Three-centric Celtics there was an unspoken agreement between the team and its fans that it was going to take five or six seasons to restore the luster...
Via Red's Army
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder GM Sam Presti says they plan to match any offer that Enes Kanter gets

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is a restricted free agent this summer and starting to garner a lot of interest. On Thursday, the Portland Trailblazers and Kanter agreed on a four-year, $70 million offer sheet to help replace LaMarcus Aldridge who signed with the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder have three days to match Portland’s offer and it sounds like they will. Thunder...
Via No Guts, No Glory
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: Kyle Singler Contract Grade

(Source: Nick Laham/Getty Images North America) By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content at Hoopstuff… Reported Deal: 5 years, 25 million Lost in the avalanche of signing after signing today was this gem by Sam Presti and the Oklahoma City Thunder, bringing back restricted free agent Kyle Singler at what I think is a bargain of a deal. Acquired at the trade deadline from Detroit...
Via HoopStuff
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Murray State's Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City seem a good fit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) In an NBA draft full of stars from the likes of Kentucky, Duke and Wisconsin, Cameron Payne's pedigree enticed the Oklahoma City Thunder. Payne drew little interest out of high school in Memphis, Tenn. He then starred at Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference - a school and league not accustomed to national attention. In part because of that background, Payne...
Via AP on Fox
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Dakari Johnson was an 'easy' choice for the Thunder

To hear Sam Presti tell it, the Oklahoma City Thunder had the easiest night of anyone. First they got Cameron Payne, whom they had reportedly targeted all along. Then, in the second round, they nabbed Dakari Johnson from the University of Kentucky. While Johnson was mainly a backup in his lone year with the Wildcats, he still has plenty of potential left to realize. And when the...
Via Fox Sports
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: Last minute changes before the NBA Draft

Jeremy Lamb has a high possibility of ending up in Charlotte As expected, the Oklahoma City Thunder are keep the fans anxious about the NBA Draft tonight. Not only have they not come clear about who they want to pick, but also are keeping private what they are doing with the 14th pick overall. However, it has been reported that General Manager Sam Presti has put three players on...
Via isportsweb.com
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Donovan adds unique perspective to Thunder draft prep

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have an additional weapon heading into Thursday's draft - new coach Billy Donovan's extensive knowledge of college players. General manager Sam Presti said Donovan will offer unique insight because of his 19 years as Florida's head coach. The franchise has done well with first-round draft picks over the years. Presti chose Kevin Durant No. 2 in 2007...
Via AP on Fox
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Don't rule out the Thunder trading the 14th pick on draft night

The Oklahoma City Thunder have a history of making unexpected moves on draft night, from taking an unexpected player to suddenly moving up in the draft order. This year, the Thunder have the 14th pick in the draft, and while they should be able to get an impact player, the possibility exists that they could move up in the draft if they find a willing partner. Doing so, however, is...
Via Fox Sports
June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant is not at a 'weight-bearing stage' in his recovery

The Oklahoma City Thunder, and the entire NBA for that matter, are anxiously awaiting Kevin Durant's return to the court. They'll have to wait a while longer, as Durant is still slowly traveling on the road to recovery, according to Sam Presti via the Oklahoman."'We’re not at a weight-bearing stage, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction and excited about him being...
Via Fox Sports
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Durant Recovering Well, Not Yet At Weight-Bearing Stage

Kevin Durant continues his recovery from his latest foot surgery. “Doing well," said Sam Presti. "Progressing. There’s certain benchmarks within the season and offseason. We’re not at a weight-bearing stage, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction and excited about him being back on the floor toward the end of the summer.” Durant hopes to be back on the court by August 1st.
Via RealGM
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Did Sam Presti consult Kevin Durant before hiring Billy Donovan?

Last week, in what was one of the quickest coaching hires in recent memory, the Oklahoma City Thunder named Billy Donovan their new head coach. There have been conflicting reports about the hiring process, specifically about whether general manager Sam Presti consulted his two stars, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, during the search. In an interview with the Oklahoman's Darnell...
Via Fox Sports
May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan signing five-year deal to become Thunder coach

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Billy Donovan has agreed to a five-year deal to become head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Donovan has led the University of Florida for the past 19 years, winning two national titles and appearing in four Final Fours. He will replace Scott Brooks, who was fired as coach of the Thunder after seven...
Via Sports-Glory
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

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
April 24, 2015  |  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
April 23, 2015  |  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

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
April 22, 2015  |  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
April 22, 2015  |  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
April 22, 2015  |  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
April 20, 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

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

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
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