Thunder At A Glance – 27 September 2018

img_4063Brady Trantham (The Franchise OK) on news and notes from the second day of training camp: “When you do offensive rebound, and we’ve been a good offensive rebounding team, if Steven or whoever it is doesn’t score immediately on a putback and the ball comes back out, it’s going to be very difficult to reset the offense. We’ve got to be able to continue attacking right away, and randomly probably.”

Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) says length will define the Thunder’s defense: “For now, the Thunder isn’t getting to do a ton of five-on-five work, although they did get some live work in at the end of both practices. With both Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson sidelined, the Thunder coaching staff is keeping the two backcourt stalwarts heavily involved in the mental portions of practice that will be going on all week long.”

Chris Murch (OKC Thunder Wire) on the need for collective leadership on the team: “Both Presti and head coach Billy Donovan are now looking to the future and looking for other players to step up in leadership roles. Last season the Thunder were the seventh oldest team in the league with an average age of 27.4. However, chemistry issues with guys like Carmelo Anthony were evident as the Thunder struggled to a quick playoff exit.”

Clay Horning (Norman Transcript) on the Thunder bringing in some referees to practice to talk about the new rules: “It’s all about the NBA trying to create a more open game, and with the Thunder trying to play with more speed and tempo, as well as trying to create a defensive identity every bit as profound as what it’s doing offensively, the professional whistlers were brought in.”

John Morgan Francis (A Sea of Blue) breaks down Hamidou Diallo’s contract: “The third year of his deal is a team option of $1,663,861, and the fourth year is a qualifying offer of $2,145,192. If Diallo can’t come to a contract extension before then, he’ll hit restricted free agency in 2021.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the Thunder likely keeping an empty roster spot heading into the season: “Right now we’re going with what we have,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “If something changes, I’ve always said this with Sam (Presti) and Troy (Weaver), they’re always looking to improve, make our team better all the time. “That would be something that if Sam decided to do that, we’d probably talk about that.”

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