Thunder radio voice Matt Pinto tracks team, league with weekly radio show

Pinto is grateful to be entering his 25th season in the league
by Mel Bracht Published: June 19, 2014

Thunder fans going through withdrawal pains after the conclusion of the season can keep up with the team through radio voice Matt Pinto’s informative weekly radio show, which airs year-round on the Sports Animal, WWLS-FM 98.1.

“Thunder Full Court Press,” which airs at 7 p.m. Mondays, tracks the team and the league through interviews with team broadcasters and national guests. Pinto and producer Nicole Shadid collaborate in lining up experts from around the league.

Pinto said Monday’s show will be devoted to next week’s draft. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Thunder trades its two first-round picks.

“Sam (Presti, general manager) has always been of the mind to select rather than pick. And if he were left to pick, meaning just to assess what’s there instead of having specific interest in a guy or guys, that he may well well just trade out.

“Where they are selecting and with the quality that exists on the roster now, you definitely could see scenarios where they totally trade out.”

Pinto said he wasn’t surprised the Thunder made it to the Western Conference Finals, losing to the San Antonio Spurs in six games.

“It’s a tribute to them that they overcame (Russell) Westbrook’s continued rehab of his knee and the injuries to Thabo (Sefolosha) and Perk (Kendrick Perkins) late. The team really bonded and I think the continued improvement of some of the young guys really helped with Reggie (Jackson) stepping in for Russell and both (Jeremy) Lamb and (Stephen) Adams showing pretty dramatic improvement from the time camp opened until we got through the end of the season.”

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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