The Oklahoma City Thunder G-League affiliate, the OKC Blue, held its annual Media Day ahead of their season tipping off on Friday in Nevada against the NBA G-League Ignite and projected top-two pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, Scoot Henderson. The Blue will play the Ignite on the 4th and 6th of November in Nevada, before playing them again only this time in the Paycom Center on November 14th and 16th.
The Oklahoma City Blue will have an exciting roster this year, and it starts on the bench with the coaching staff shuffle we saw the organization do this offseason. Last Year’s OKC Blue head man Grant Gibbs is now an assistant coach for the Thunder, while Kameron Woods was an assistant on Mark Daigneault’s staff with the Blue and Thunder shifts to being the bench boss of the Blue this season.
The OKC Blue hold its annual media day ahead of the 2022-23 season, Kameron Woods, Abdul Gaddy, and Scotty Hopson share their thoughts, plus the roster and schedule are released
I asked Kameron Woods how he would define his coaching style and he used the word “relaxed” and told a story from his college days at Butler University playing for Brad Stevens. Woods said “Brad Stevens was the first head coach I truly observed and Brad never yelled at us. We were college kids that deserved to get yelled at, but he never yelled at us.”
So far, the players are taking to that style. Jahmi’us Ramsey said it best “[Kameron Woods| is smooth, he is the smoothest coach I have ever had. He is straight forward without being rude.”
Abdul Gaddy is another OKC Blue veteran who spent time with the organization when Mark Daigneault was still the G-League head coach and he had high praise for the OKC Thunder bench boss. Gaddy called Mark Daigneault the best coach he ever played for, and said “he has a special gift about him that he can connect with people.” Gaddy described Mark Daigneault as a coach you would want to run through a brick wall for.
This will be a fun season with DJ Wilson, Eugene Omoruyi, Lindy Waters III, Robert Woodard II, Jahmi’us Ramsey, Abdul Gaddy, and Scotty Hopson all on the rost with NBA experience. The Oklahoma City Thunder will also send 11th overall pick Ousmane Dieng and 34th overall pick Jaylin Williams down to the G-League for certain stretches of the season to make the Blue even more compelling.