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April 23, 2015 Updates

Marc Stein: Early fave for OKC job clearly Billy Donovan but word in coaching circles is that Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is on Thunder's list Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

"The biggest thing is, we talk all the time about being great at what you do well," Stevens, the Boston Celtics' second-year coach, told USA TODAY Sports. "A lot of times in any walk of life, we get consumed by our weaknesses. We really try to focus on our strengths, and we'll manage those weakness. So a part of that is, a guy who's not a driver, keep the ball moving. For a guy who is a driver, make good plays on the drive. For a guy who's not a skill player to stay spaced or in the paint. We just try to soar with those strengths." USA Today Sports

Randy Renner: CBS Sports reporting Kevin Ollie has removed himself from consideration for #Thunder job. Looks like Billy Donovan could be the guy Twitter @RandyRenner

ESPN: Are you surprised McHale wasn’t higher in the Coach of the Year voting? Morey: I thought it was terrible. I continue to not understand what criteria people are using. Our own hometown paper didn’t vote him first, second or third, and it’s very frustrating. ESPN.com

Chris Mannix: Another assistant who will get some attention: Atlanta's Kenny Atkinson. Twitter @ChrisMannixSI

April 22, 2015 Updates

All signs point to University of Florida coach Billy Donovan, a longtime friend of Thunder GM Sam Presti who is itching to move to the pros, league sources told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. "He's ready to try the NBA," said one person who has been in contact with Donovan. CBSSports.com

One person who has known Donovan for a few years described him as "tired of recruiting," and said that if he ever made the jump to the NBA, it would have to be a winning situation with a GM he knows and trusts. The Thunder check all those boxes. CBSSports.com

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