Sam Presti kicked off media day szn Thursday with an extended and entertaining session in Oklahoma Metropolis. He touched on quite a few points — from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and his ideas on drummers vis a vis the event arc of basketball groups — however he had another fascinating factors to make.
He stated that this 12 months’s Thunder are projected to be the second-youngest crew in NBA historical past, behind solely final 12 months’s Thunder.
SGA has develop into the most recent younger star-level participant to hit the rumor market after the Jazz traded Donovan Mitchell to the Cavaliers. Presti was requested his ideas on that growth and he answered, surprisingly, with a dissection of the media ecosystem in 2022.
“The one motive we’re speaking about it’s as a result of one other participant on one other crew acquired traded,” he stated. “The machine — the aggregation machine — is empty now. So we want a bit of extra content material. That is the value of admission. It is not a penalty. Nobody’s out to attempt to disrupt the Thunder or create issues for the Thunder. That is the enterprise we work in. You should not be stunned by that as a result of there must be content material. It is a enterprise. We’d like consideration. Consideration drives commercials. Ads drive salaries. And that is the way it works. We have now to have the ability to carry out regardless of that. So I simply assume I am level-setting that to say that if Donovan Mitchell was not traded already, you would not ask me that query. So due to this fact, I do not assume they’re associated.”
Whereas I sat there questioning whether or not I used to be now a part of this machine, Presti went on. Notably, he segued from a dialogue about Pearl Jam to throw hosannas on the toes of Seattle and its place as a basketball metropolis. Seattle, after all, misplaced its beloved Supersonics to Oklahoma Metropolis.
Presti believes they will get a crew again quickly sufficient.
“Seattle is an unbelievable place, an unbelievable metropolis,” he stated. “They may have a basketball crew once more… All of us right here, we’re hopeful that occurs… When it occurs it may be nice.”
So what does Presti know and when did he understand it? Not precisely tamping down expectations of NBA enlargement.
Anyway, in case you thought Presti was simply out right here saying stuff, he assured listeners that he was not. He started a solution concerning the development he is undergone throughout his 16 years working the Thunder with an assurance that every part he says is a sincerely held perception. The Presti we see is the Presti everybody will get, and it’s implausible.
“This isn’t efficiency artwork,” he stated. “I am not on Twitter. And this is not Twitter. That is what I actually assume.”
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