It is finally here! The start of the 2023-24 NBA season marked by the opening of the OKC Thunder training camp on Tuesday afternoon. The Oklahoma City Thunder will be dealing with the high expectations from this fanbase after a 16-win improvement a year ago.
The excitement has only been matched in recent years by the 2017 squad that saw Sam Presti deal for two future Hall of Famers in one offseason. This year, the OKC Thunder will debut their highest pick of this rebuild in Chet Holmgren (2nd in 2022), the tenth overall pick from this year’s draft in Cason Wallace, a two-time EuroLeague MVP in Vasilije Micic, a veteran sharpshooter in Davis Bertans, and another year of growth for the best young core in the NBA.
It is easy to see why Oklahoma City fans are excited about this upcoming season, and Tuesday’s Training Camp hit all the right notes. From Chet Holmgren describing his relationship with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on the court to Mark Daigneault saying the big man is “fully recovered,” and now Isaiah Joe giving us a peak behind the curtain.
The OKC Thunder open up training camp on Tuesday with “High Energy,” according to Isaiah Joe.
Isaiah Joe joined the Oklahoma City Thunder after training camp last season after being waived by the 76ers just days before the start of the regular season. The OKC Thunder swooped in to nab Joe, partly due to Vince Rozman‘s familiarity with Joe as they each landed in Bricktown last offseason.
According to Isaiah Joe, the Oklahoma City Thunder had a ton of “High Energy” after the first practice. That is to be expected with a youthful Thunder team, but it was great to get that confirmation from Joe. He was highly complimentary when the sharpshooter was asked about the first-year Thunder players.
“Nobody out there seemed like this was their first training camp.” Joe said, which speaks volumes about the likes of Cason Wallace and Keyontae Johnson. The players are always the first to know how to evaluate these youngsters, and the stamp of approval this draft class has been given through the first two days of interviews has to excite the fanbase.
Head coach Mark Daigneault went as far as to say this young Oklahoma City Thunder team looked “sharp” on the first day of Training Camp on Tuesday.
OKC Thunder Training Camp will continue on Wednesday, and we will bring you coverage from inside the facility all camp and season long here on Thunderous Intentions.