OKC Thunder notebook: Sam Presti to serve as keynote speaker at international leadership summit

The summit is a closed-door, invitation-only event that features a strong representation from those who operate high-level soccer clubs in the English Premier League.
by Anthony Slater Published: October 7, 2013

Four hundred of the top front office minds in major sports will gather in London on Wednesday afternoon for the annual Leaders in Performance summit.

It's a closed-door, invitation-only event that features a strong representation from those who operate high-level soccer clubs in the English Premier League. 

But among the keynote speakers is Thunder general manager Sam Presti, who was recently asked to give a 45-minute presentation.

It's a unique opportunity for Presti and another example of the expanding global brand of Oklahoma City's only professional team.

From the event's official website, describing Presti's presentation:

“Meet Sam Presti, Executive Vice President and General Manager, as he discusses the steps, methodology and discipline that he and his staff have shown as they continue to build the tradition of the Oklahoma City Thunder.”

KENDRICK PERKINS UPDATE

Late in the first half of OKC's preseason opener, Kendrick Perkins dislocated his left ring finger while fighting for a rebound.

It was an ugly sight, with half of Perkins' finger pointing in an abnormal direction. But from the sound of it, Perkins thinks it's nothing more than a minor issue.

“It's good, it's all right,” Perkins told reporters in Manchester on Monday.

DURANT EMPATHIZES WITH BOTTOMING-OUT SIXERS

More than ever, there seems to be a growing group of NBA teams adopting the bottoming-out strategy, gutting their rosters, piling up young assets and angling for a high selection in next summer's loaded draft.

And the trendsetter for this “season of tanking” is probably the Philadelphia 76ers, a team that currently sits at the bottom of most preseason power rankings (including The Oklahoman's). Already a 48-loss team a season ago, Philly lost Andrew Bynum to free agency, traded All-Star point guard Jrue Holliday to New Orleans and got back a first-round pick (Nerlens Noel) who is still months away from returning from an ACL injury.

The Sixers have young talent and an energized new coach (former Spurs assistant Brett Brown), but 2013-14 is clearly setting up as the first stage of a massive rebuild.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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