OKC Thunder executive Sam Presti served up five key takeaways in his teleconference call from the Disney bubble.
When the 22 participating teams traveled to Orlando and entered the Disney campus they were allowed to bring 37 members in their traveling party. The players represented up to 17 of those spots and 16 in the case of the OKC Thunder. Of note, the Blazers have the fewest (13).
The remaining positions in the traveling party are primarily comprised of coaching and support staff with teams allowed to share some personnel such as mental health practitioners, medical, P.R., or equipment staff although it’s unclear if that was something any teams collaborated on.
As per Marc Stein’s weekly New York Times newsletter, only 11 teams took advantage of the full travel party allotment including the OKC Thunder. The other ten teams are the Celtics, Grizzlies, Heat, Jazz, Kings, Lakers, Magic, Nuggets, Pacers, and Raptors. Interestingly, all but the Kings are seeded squads, and other than the Grizzlies, Magic and Kings most are hoping for deep playoff runs.
In addition, every team has an upper-level front office executive but not all teams have their GM or top basketball operations executive on site. Again, the OKC Thunder are one of the teams who does have that person on hand as executive vice president and general manager Sam Presti made the trip to be with his club.
On Wednesday, Presti spoke via conference call offering five key takeaways.
After thanking fans for all the support and those working in the Disney bubble Presti dove into team specifics.