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OKC Thunder: Q&A with Thunder general manager Sam Presti

With training camp opening this weekend, Presti sat down for his annual state of the organization address with media members on Wednesday.
by Anthony Slater Published: September 25, 2013

“When it comes to the sleeves the league has input on that. I don't know what I'm allowed to say on that particular issue, but there's a chance that we may end up wearing sleeves during the year. When, I can't tell you that. Other than that, there will be no other additional changes.”

You mentioned Serge coming in last night for a grueling personal workout. Any insights you can give into some of the things he's working on and improved in the offseason?

“I think he's always going to be a presence defensively for us. Statistically, that's relatively proven his impact on the team. But, I think consistently working on spreading the floor, making shots, again playing around the rim. There are so many arteries to his game that I think will continue to be developed over time. He's still a very young basketball player. Just because we've been seeing him on a more regular basis doesn't make him less likely to improve.”

Will you still wear those alternate navy blues?

“Yeah, we'll continue to do that on selected nights.”

Regarding the rookies, are these young guys already ticketed to Tulsa, or will they have a shot to make the rotation?

“I think it's way too early to determine who will see time in Tulsa. I do think it's safe to say that we'll always look to utilize it because it's a big part of our organization primarily because the development of players is really essential for our ability to sustain a high level team for a period of years, which is what we're aiming to do. It's too early to designate how Steven (Adams) and Andre (Roberson) will be utilized. That's obviously going to take its own form and Scott (Brooks) has to make decisions about the roles of the players and the positions they're put in and things of that nature. But we feel really good about the summers that both those guys had. They're workers, they understand what it means to play here, they both have a really good feel for who they are as players and they also understand they have a lot of work to do. When we drafted them, there were no secrets about that, but we're excited that both of them are in the program.”

How much effect do the new Sports View cameras going into every arena this year have on scouting, and how much data do you think you can gather from that?

“I think that everybody having the cameras is a positive thing because it increases the amount of data that is available for everybody. How everybody uses that data, how confident everybody is with the data and at which point they use it that's up to the individual team. Obviously, it's a positive for the league, it's an advancement, but every team has got to figure out the way they interpret and use that information.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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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