Oklahoma City’s general manager Sam Presti addressed the media for about 35 minutes Friday afternoon talking about the two transactions the Thunder had yesterday.
The quote that really hung with me as I walked out of the Thunder’s practice facility was, “The focus is on the organization. The players are part of the organization.” I think that right there should explain yesterday’s events to you more than anything.
As difficult as it was to part with a player that was so much a part of the team as Jeff Green, it was necessary. And Presti knew it. He spoke at length about how tough the move was to make, but how his job is to make this franchise competitive in the present, as well as the future.
“We’re all professionals. We understand that it’s a business,” Presti said. “And you have to move after you get past that initial stage of surprise.”
One tough moment: When Presti was asked to talk about Jeff Green and his contributions to the franchise, Presti started speaking about what a terrific human Green is, but it was obvious Presti wasn’t going to be talking long. After about 10 seconds, tears welled in Presti’s eyes and he had to just cut himself off. It was an emotional, candid moment that you don’t typically see from Presti. Keep Reading…