Three questions with Sam Presti

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: September 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm •  Published: September 25, 2010
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Q: Everyone's expectations for this team have sky-rocketed. How have your expectations changed from a year ago?

A: They really haven't changed at all. Expectations for us are controlling the things that we can control, coming into each day with a focus and a work ethic that's going to help us continue to grow. We understand that there's no short cut and there's no silver bullet. It's just going to be our ability to continue to push forward, stick together and understand that part of our growth as a team and as an organization is not always going to be a smooth ride. So when we hit those struggles or patches, it's not just getting through the patches but it's also getting better from going through that.

Q: As you look around the league, do you consider this team a top-five team?

A: I don't really look at it as who's a top two or three team or a top five team. I like where we are. I like the fact that we've got a group of guys who have put in more time over the summer. I like the fact that we are bringing back a group of guys that have some more experience and some more continuity. But we're going to have to do the work on the floor, and I think we're going to continue to learn what kind of team we have through how we manage adversities and how we also manage some success that we're looking to have. So at the end of the year I think we'll have the answers to those types of questions.

Q: You've added more talent to the returning nine-man rotation. Does that make coach Scott Brooks' job tougher or easier in your mind?


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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