So Durant left, don’t know if you heard. Sam Presti had to hold a press conference to go over what happened and talk about what is next for the franchise. It was as difficult for him as it was for the fans but he did a damn good job.
Presti is the most important person OKC has. Durant was a great player that lead the franchise for nine years. Westbrook is a phenomenal point guard who can take over a game. But all of the players are expendable. Ask Harden. Ask Ibaka. Presti brings something to the table that no GM in the ENTIRE league can bring. He can make a trade with the drop of a hat that makes the team 1000 times better.
He drafts like a wizard, taking the super skinny small forward from Texas, the out of control guard from UCLA, or the guy who never shaves from Arizona State. All of these players were seen as good players but Presti saw something in these players no one else did until they were in the league wreaking havoc on the league.
He also is a genius in the press conference. The way he handled the media in the darkest hour of Thunder basketball shows his character. He didn’t lash out like Dan Glibert did when LeBron left. He sent nothing but respect Durant’s way, talking about everything he had done of not only the Thunder but for the city of Oklahoma. He didn’t bash him publicly or on twitter about how could he do this and go make a super team, he said he understood the decision and the Thunder will have to keep moving forward and they will recover and be better than ever.
You take any other person that has an affiliation to OKC basketball and they would have made some sort of sly remark if not just bash him publicly.
People are placing blame on Presti and he said he will take an of the blame people want to put on him for OKC losing KD, but those people are what we call stupid. Plan and simple. Presti has built the best team possible around KD and KD wanted something new. That is nothing on Presti, and honestly Westbrook won’t be around to much longer and Presti will get great value for him so before you bash Presti take a look at what other GM’s do.
Losing Durant sucks, plain and simple, but as long as Sam Presti is in the front office OKC will be in good hands.