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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
10 days ago  |  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
10 days ago  |  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
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook To Represent Thunder At Lottery

Russell Westbrook will be representing the Oklahoma City Thunder at this month's lottery. The Thunder haven't been in the lottery since they won the third overall pick in 2009 and drafted James Harden. "Every draft pick is viewed as an opportunity, or an option of sorts for the club," said Sam Presti. "Will Dawkins and our amateur scouting department have done a great job this year...
Via RealGM
24 days ago  |  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

Thunder Hired Two Former Donovan Staffers Within Past 12 Months

Sam Presti and Billy Donovan have had a very close relationship for several years and the roots of the Oklahoma City Thunder hiring him as head coach may have been in the making for some time. The Thunder hired two members of Billy Donovan's staff at Florida within the past 12 months. The Thunder hired Mark Saigneault as coach of the Thunder D-League team, while Oliver Winterbone...
Via RealGM
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Thunder expected to offer Donovan coaching job soon

Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti flew to Florida to meet with Gators coach Billy Donovan this week and is expected to formally offer the Thunder's head coach position to Donovan soon, according to Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski. The Thunder's coaching position became vacant earlier this month when they fired Scott Brooks after seven seasons...
Via Fox Sports
April 29, 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

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
April 16, 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

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

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 Bloguin Best
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
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