Here’s how non-existent the franchise’s corporate knowledge was: holdover assistant coach Ralph Lewis was forced to run offensive sets from former coach Bob Hill’s offense while coaching Durant and Green in summer league play before their rookie seasons.
"Ralph didn’t know what we were going to do, how we were going to do it or anything,” Carlesimo said.
But the Thunder’s entire coaching staff is back. Nine players have returned. And the team’s rookies are hearing in this preseason much of what they were instructed throughout the Orlando Summer League.
"We just have so many people that know our sets, know our terminology, know what we’re doing and how we’re doing it even if we’re not doing it yet at the level we like,” Carlesimo said.
"It was just so much more elementary last year. Every drill that went in was going in for the first time. Every offense and how we were going to play things defensively was all new.”