- Sam Presti’s press conference
- Various Thunder topics
- A breakdown of the Southwest Division
- Who says no in an Anthony Davis for Kevin Durant trade
- …and what makes us miffed and peeved
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He back. HE BACK.
Well, here you go. It’s the “Sunset” alternate uniform, something the team is saying is “not too red, and not too orange.” (DO YOU GET IT???)
They will debut them Nov. 1 at home against the Nuggets.
“This new uniform not only features another of our primary team colors, it also reinforces the strong connection our team has to our hometown and home state,” said Brian Byrnes, Thunder senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. “The ‘OKC’ on the front of the jersey echoes the chant that rings through Chesapeake Energy Arena during Thunder home games. This sunset-colored uniform adds a fresh perspective on the identity our team has built over the past seven seasons.”
I think the best way to describe these is how Mrs. Daily Thunder put it: “I kind of don’t hate these.” They definitely aren’t great, but they do seem like an improvement from the horrid navy blue things they wear, as well as the sleeved jammies they busted out last season. But as so many Thunder things are, they’re just so… blah.
Here are some more pics:
Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie: “With Donovan on board in place of Scott Brooks, Westbrook
coming off the best season of his career and plenty of capable contributors up and down the roster, Presti and company certainly seem to have put together a crew capable of meeting their high expectations. Whether they do so figures to depend mostly on whether Durant’s ready to don his “Slim Reaper” shroud once again; in getting him fully cleared, Oklahoma City has jumped that first significant hurdle. That’s sour news for Thunder opponents, but an exceptionally exciting update for the rest of us who just missed watching the game’s purest scorer work.”
Anthony Slater on KD’s partnership with the Players’ Tribune: “But as the site nears its first birthday, it has roped in arguably its most important partnership. On Thursday morning, Thunder superstar Kevin Durant was officially named the Deputy Publisher. It’s unknown what, if any, extra duties are attached to that title. But during what’s expected to be a highly scrutinized contract season, Durant will write exclusive articles and draw plenty of traffic to the site. Per the press release, he’ll begin publishing editorial content in the coming weeks.” Keep Reading…
Draymond Green: “You know who I always thought (was a great trash-talker), but has been
under the radar, I think Kevin Durant,” Green said. “Lotta people don’t know that. But if you play against him you know… KD makes you feel bad about yourself, that you ever talked junk,” Green said. “It’s the funniest thing in the world…. Me and KD have had our battles over the course of my three years in the league,” Green said. “But when he end up with 53 (points), it ain’t much you could say back at that point.”
Anthony Davis says he’s not at LeBron or KD’s level: “I still have a lot of work to do. I haven’t even got out of the first round yet, haven’t won a game in the playoffs yet. So there are a lot of steps for me. Them two guys are definitely unbelievable players but I know one day I’m going to be there, I’m going to be the best player in the league if I continue to work hard and keep grinding, keep being dedicated, keep being motivated.” Keep Reading…
Sam Presti spent some 53 minutes speaking with the media on Wednesday in advance of training camp, which opens next week. Topics covered included Thunder organics, Semaj Christon, Dion Waiters and oh yeah, Kevin Durant stuff.
Here are the things you need to know about: Keep Reading…
When training camp opens in OKC next week, Kevin Durant will be officially back. Sam Presti said Wednesday that Durant has been fully cleared for all basketball activities and will participate completely in training camp.
“He’s been playing without restriction, 5-on-5 and competing as normal,” Presti said. “With that said, as any of our players coming off injury, we’re going to be watching and managing practice, recovery time, we’re going to be watching. But as far as limitations, he doesn’t have any.” Keep Reading…
ESPN.com’s Future Rankings has OKC ninth: “But Kevin Durant will be a free agent next
summer, and Russell Westbrook the following summer. In NBA circles, there is a growing belief that one or both is willing to do what other superstars have done with increasing frequency of late — look for a new situation. While no one knows what will happen, we have to factor the possibility into our future roster rankings. The Thunder’s management score has been adjusted downward, too. GM Sam Presti remains one of the brightest minds in the game, but several questionable moves have us puzzled. That includes trading away future draft picks and the hiring of Billy Donovan, a rookie coach from the University of Florida, to guide the team at a sensitive time.”
Jon Hamm for NewsOK: “The Thunder is in position to give Waiters a sizeable deal and also dodge the luxury tax next summer without much effort. Assuming they are able to re-sign Kevin Durant (an item at the top of every Thunder fan’s Christmas list) and also guarantee Anthony Morrow’s salary for 2016-17, the team as currently constituted could wind up $13-$14 million under the projected $108 million luxury tax line. That’s roomy enough to give Waiters a lucrative extension thanks to an exploding salary cap.” Keep Reading…