Sam Presti 2018 year end press conference: reading between the lines

OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook and general manager Sam Presti (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook and general manager Sam Presti (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – MAY 01: Oklahoma City Head Coach Billy Donovan is welcomed by General Manager Sam Presti  (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – MAY 01: Oklahoma City Head Coach Billy Donovan is welcomed by General Manager Sam Presti  (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images) /

Definitive Billy Donovan Returns:

Again, in this situation, the undertones spoke to a bigger unmentioned storyline. Presti mentioned several times how George has a strong and solid relationship with Donovan. It can easily be assumed this offered reason alone to bring back Donovan.

Presti also noted the lack of continuity several times. This to punctuated how Donovan has yet to work in back to back seasons with a majority of returning players.

It makes sense Presti would favor this direction if he believes it will help to retain George. Moreover, there are two years remaining on Donovan’s contract.

What is said behind closed doors regarding the abysmal bench production may be less politically correct, but it sure seems to be an area Presti should be tasking Donovan with improving after two brutally ineffective reserve seasons.

Other Comments On Season:

Not surprisingly Presti noted the defense as the defining strength of the team, but felt they never recovered from the loss of Roberson

One of his more transparent comments was admitting OKC became focused on a game at a time instead of having an identity and playing to it. This was expounded upon with admitting OKC underachieved versus lower-tier teams, played up to higher competition.