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Pass first? Point guards look to show you can score, win

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Bob Cousy, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas set the standard for championship point guards, winning mostly by setting up their teammates even though they were capable scorers. Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving are trying to see if they can take a different path to the title, more often beating opponents scoring the basketball, though they are capable...
Via AP on Fox
6 hours 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
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook upset Thunder didn’t consult him about new coach

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports The Oklahoma City Thunder are fresh off of hiring former Florida Gators head basketball coach Billy Donovan to their same position. It is going to be strange to see the Thunder playing without Scott Brooks coaching them, but this was a move that Kevin Durant was very much behind. Unfortunately, Russell Westbrook is upset that the Thunder did not consult...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Donovan Wants Westbrook To 'Be Able To Be Who He Is'

Billy Donovan wants to establish a personal relationship with Russell Westbrook before they begin to discuss the basketball aspects of their partnership. “I want to be able to sit down with Russell and talk to him and see how he’s feeling and what’s going through his mind,” said Donovan. “The one thing I would say with Russell, I don’t want to at ever feel that with a...
Via RealGM
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Scott Brooks the Nuggets' next head coach?

The Nuggets need a head coach. And not just any head coach, but one whose strengths are talent development and building solid foundational team skills. If he had ties to Denver, that would be even better. Well, as it just so happens, the Thunder just fired a coach who fits that description perfectly. Mike D'Antoni and Alvin Gentry may be the bigger names, and would certainly bring...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The OKC Thunder have hired Billy Donovan as their new head coach

After firing head coach Scott Brooks shortly after the end of their season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have found and hired a replacement: University...
Via Athlon Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Ollie's $5M UConn Buyout Was Non-Starter For Thunder

Kevin Ollie was a candidate for the Oklahoma City Thunder head coaching job, but his buyout was a non-starter for the franchise. Ollie had negotiated a $5 million buyout from UConn in his contract. Ollie was considered a strong candidate for the job with his success as a coach at Connecticut and his connection as a former teammate to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Thunder...
Via RealGM
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Durant ‘excited’ by Donovan hire: ‘I can’t wait to get started’

Kevin Durant came out and publicly supported the hiring of Billy Donovan to replace Scott Brooks as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s next head coach, saying that the team is “excited” and that he personally “can’t wait to get started.” Donovan was named the Thunder’s new head coach on Thursday and is expected to be formally...Read More The post Kevin Durant ‘excited...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Durant optimistic he will be ready for training camp

Hours after the Oklahoma City Thunder officially named Billy Donovan as their new head coach, Kevin Durant gave his new coach a vote and confidence -- and some welcomed news. Durant, who is still recovering from foot surgery that abruptly cut short his season, told ESPN that he is optimistic that he will be ready for training camp and that he is "extremely excited" about the hiring...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

John Calipari reportedly drove Billy Donovan to NBA

The recent dominance and run of success for John Calipari at Kentucky helped push Billy Donovan to the NBA, according to a report. Donovan, 49, coached at Florida from 1996 through 2015 before accepting the head coaching job with the Oklahoma City Thunder this week. Though Donovan won two national championships at Florida (2006 and...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Gator Nation Reacts To Billy Donovan’s Departure On Twitter

Gator Nation is bittersweet to news of Billy Donovan's departure for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Here are some reactions from Twitter.
Via Gamedayr
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Donovan's supremely difficult balancing act with Thunder

The most essential difference between coaching in the pros and coaching in college is — and always has been — a very simple one: The colleges are a coach’s game, while the pros are about the players. As great as Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson might be — and they’re both as good as we’ve seen in professional basketball, up there in the top reaches of the pantheon with...
Via Crossover Chronicles
6 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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder reportedly hire Billy Donovan

The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly set to announce the hiring of Billy Donovan as their next head coach. News 9 in Oklahoma reports that a deal has been finalized and should be made public in the very near future. The Thunder job was Donovan’s to lose all along, especially after UConn coach Kevin Ollie...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Donovan likely to be named Thunder coach

Billy Donovan to the NBA is apparently happening.  According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the 49-year-old Florida coach is “nearing an agreement” with the Oklahoma City Thunder. An announcement of his hiring is likely to happen on Thursday or Friday, Stein says. Stein reports “only an unforeseen collapse” will prevent the deal from happening.  Donovan has been at Florida since...
Via College Spun
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook’s Top 10 highlights of 2014-15 regular season

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t make the playoffs. Oh, do we miss him or what? But, hey, we can relive his incredible season as the NBA has put out the Top 10 best plays of Westbrook’s year: Come back strong next year, Russell. *** Russell Westbrook pic from Getty Images. Video from the NBA.
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Gator Nation Cries Out On Twitter For Billy Donovan To Stay

Gator Nation doesn't want to see Billy Donovan leave for the Oklahoma City Thunder, which is very evident from these Twitter responses.
Via Gamedayr
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant ‘1-on-1-on-1′ Sonic Commercial

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant goes 1-on-1-on-1 to win his own Sonic Candy Slush from  Pete and T.J. You would think they would hook him up with an unlimited supply, but maybe they are just that good KD needs these in his system at all times. Either way, I’m intrigued by this sugary goodness. The post Kevin Durant ‘1-on-1-on-1′ Sonic Commercial appeared first on Hooped Up.
Via Hooped Up
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Oklahoma City Set To Formally Offer Billy Donovan

The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly set to formally offer Billy Donovan to become the franchise's new head coach.
Via Gamedayr
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Durant on board with potential Billy Donovan hiring

The Oklahoma City Thunder appear close to hiring Florida coach Billy Donovan, which seems just fine with their biggest superstar. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that the Thunder are preparing an offer for Donovan and that Donovan is “enthusiastic” about the job. Woj also noted that Kevin Durant has reached out to at least...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Oklahoma City Thunder Open Formal Talks With Billy Donovan

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Billy Donovan have opened formal talks, according to a report from ESPN.com.
Via Gamedayr
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder, Billy Donovan Begin Discussions For Coaching Job

Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder have opened a dialogue about the team's vacant coaching position, according to sources. The Thunder's job became available a week ago after the dismissal of Scott Brooks. Donovan is widely regarded as the clear favorite to succeed Brooks.
Via RealGM
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan begins formal talks with Oklahoma City Thunder

Step one of the Gator Nation’s worst fears have been realized. Last week, the Oklahoma City Thunder fired coach Scott Brooks as the Thunder missed the playoffs. There’s been lots of speculation that Billy Donovan would succeed him in OKC, including some … Continue reading →
Via In All Kinds Of Weather
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Donovan, Thunder begin formal discussions

Billy Donovan is widely believed to be the Oklahoma City Thunder’s top choice for their head coaching vacancy, and the two sides appear to be working toward a deal. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Thunder began formal discussions with Donovan about the job this week. Thunder general manager Sam Presti and Donovan have...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder Considering Ettore Messina As Head Coach Candidate

Ettore Messina is reportedly on the list of candidates compiled by the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching vacancy. Messina has had great success as a head coach in Europe and is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder fired Scott Brooks as head coach this week. Billy Donovan is widely considered the frontrunner for the job.
Via RealGM
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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