It was pretty well known that without the lockout being officially over, that when Sam Presti addressed the media Wednesday night, he wasn’t going to be able to say very much.
And when his 10-minute session wrapped up, I thought, “Well, it really wasn’t much different than a non-lockout Presti presser.”
Here it is summarized: “We’re excited about the season … this is a really unique situation … we’re excited about the season … I can’t really answer that … I don’t know … we’re excited about the season.”
Teams have been permitted to reach out to player representatives though and with Russell Westbrook up for an extension, Presti was asked about that.
“In relation to our players we can’t talk directly to any of them and haven’t been able to, but today we were able to reach out to their representatives and did a pretty decent job at that,” Presti said.
As for maybe reaching out to other representatives that aren’t on the Thunder roster, Presti said that he’s doing his part.
“Part of my job at this point in time, is to have a little bit of a pulse what’s going within the market,” he said. “Today’s no different. We’re going to make a lot of phone calls to understand if there’s ways for us to improve or even if there’s ways just to take stock what’s going on.
“We’re going to do our due diligence and make a lot of phone calls.”
Presti was asked about if a shortened season would play to the Thunder’s advantage especially with the crammed time there is from now until the games start.
“I think continuity will help us but we have to take advantage of it also,” he said.
Finally, he was asked if he’s got any Christmas plans, wink wink.
“You know I don’t know. I like Christmas. It’s a great holiday. Hopefully there will be some gifts there under the tree at some point. To be honest with you, for me and for everyone that loves basketball as much as I do and this city does, just having the team back on the floor is quite a gift in of itself.”