Not much of an off-season for the Thunder's marquee players. Let's see, the NBA Finals ended June 21, the Olympics ended Sunday and Thunder training camp starts in about five weeks.
That's wall-to-wall basketball. Good thing the Thunder legs have low mileage. If your franchise players are going to spend the summer playing for some other entity, at least you hope they get something out of it that benefits your organization.
And I don't mean three gold medals and a silver, even though that trumps three silvers and a gold, which would have occurred had Serge Ibaka's Spaniards not fallen short to the Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden Americans, 107-100.
Maybe a month playing for Mike Krzyzewski and his U.S. coaching staff, and with all-stars like LeBron, Carmelo, Pau Gasol, Kobe and Chris Paul, will help crystallize for the Thunder stars what they need to do to improve.
Or maybe not. The Baby Boomers have been notable for an exemplary attitude, void of arrogance, and remarkable improvement each year they've been together.
But when you keep hearing the same thing from the same voices, the lesson can be lost. A new coach, with a new twist on the same message, can make for fresher ears.
So what should the Thunder stars have learned from London? Here goes:
Durant: Shoot the ball. Much consternation has been spent the last couple of years over games in which Westbrook shoots more than does Durant. But when that happens, it's only half Westbrook's fault.
Durant is an admirable superstar. He is prone to sharing the ball and slow to take over games. But when Durant does commandeer the action, the results usually are quite impressive.
The Olympic stars, notably LeBron, were quick to lash Durant for passivity in London. Shoot the ball, he was told repeatedly, and finally the message sank in.
Durant scored 156 points in the tournament, a U.S. Olympic record. Bring that mentality back to Oklahoma City, and not one person in Thunder blue will mind.
Westbrook: In London, Westbrook was a defensive stopper, an energy guy. He was called on for some offense, but not much. He was a rich-man's Thabo Sefolosha.
Which is simply fantastic. No way does the Thunder want Westbrook to tone down his offense, but if he could channel more of Thabo's game, we're looking at an even brighter star.
Westbrook's defense is occasionally dominant. Make it often dominant, and he becomes one of the five best players in the NBA.
Harden: The Thunder relies on Harden to score. The Olympians did not, and Harden was reduced to a nominal role.
Which should fuel him. Harden has made remarkable hops in his first two NBA off-seasons, but he still can get better. A lot better.
Harden too often has disappeared in big games, notably the NBA Finals against Miami.
After spending all this time with so many regal talents, perhaps Harden has detected those certain somethings that lift good players to great.
Ibaka: Ibaka didn't have a great Olympics, although he had a great gold medal game, with seven points in the third quarter alone and a great block on Deron Williams' dunk attempt.
But if Ibaka learns a little from Pau Gasol, he will be quite the offensive force. Ibaka doesn't have much of an inside game and has said he wants to work on his turnaround jumper with Hakeem Olajuwon. The Thunder would sign up for that.
But how about Gasol's baseline moves? Gasol is a great NBA player and an even better international player. If Ibaka learns a little from Gasol, the Thunder will be mighty grateful.