I just returned from the 89th annual Oklahoma City Thunder media day and boy, what an event. Players talked, reporters asked questions and in the end, we pretty much know everything we already knew before. Doesn’t mean there weren’t a few interesting things of note, like what players were working on this summer, expectations and of course, chair-throwing questions. Here are the things I starred. (The sound’s not great on the videos, I know. But remember, I’m an amateur.):
- I found it interesting that the players came in one-by-one to be greeted by the media. Typically, two or three come in at a time and there are different players in different areas. This time, it was one at a time. And to kick things off was Tweedy Carter, which made for some awkward moments as everyone in the room tried to figure out who that is.
- Scott Brooks was asked extensively about Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant coming off a tougher-than-usual summer. He simply said, “I think they’re fine.” He then added, “If they weren’t playing with Team USA they would’ve been getting after it twice a day somewhere. They’re coming back fresh and excited.”
- Darnell Mayberry asked a really good question to Brooks as he wondered what is tougher to follow up: Taking over a team that was 1-11 or coaching a 50-win team? Brooks: “Well, 1-11 became 1-12 so that was pretty tough.” And then of course the team lost 12 of its first 13 of Brooks. “I thought I might be the first interim-interim coach,” he said.
- When Brooks first came in he joked about not talking about two things: 1) If Russell Westbrook is a better point guard than him and 2) expectations. About the rising expectations, Brooks said, “There’s no doubt we’re a good team. You have to have expectations for yourself. You have to expect things from yourself.” He commented on how expectations rose because of a 27-win improvement last year. “I don’t see a 27-win improvement this year,” he said. Keep Reading…