Billy Donovan Rumors
As for Donovan, it’s worth remembering that Presti came up with the San Antonio Spurs as a scout. That means he understands the value of longevity, having seen the fruits of Gregg Popovich’s labor up close and learned how much stability matters. So despite the subpar results, and even with nuanced factors like the presence of an assistant coach in Adrian Griffin who has been in the running for head coaching jobs and who has also formed a productive bond with George, all signs point to Oklahoma City staying the course.
“The respect level is high. No one’s going against Billy,” George said. “He’s given us an incredible game plan all season long. There’s a high level of respect for his position and what he’s wanting from us. There’s no line of disrespect at all toward what Coach wants us to do.”
SiriusXM NBA Radio: “We’re getting to the point where Billy Donovan has to consider bringing Carmelo Anthony off the bench” … “It is becoming a crisis time for Oklahoma City”. – Frank Isola on the Thunder still searching for answers.
Brett Dawson: Billy Donovan says “crazy as this may sound,” he was excited by the way OKC played offensively. Liked the shots they got tonight. Said the third quarter was “not indicative of who we have been” defensively.
Michael Wallace: Asked OKC coach Billy Donovan how discussions have gone with Carmelo regarding, of all things, confidence. Donovan suggested Carmelo’s struggles more a product of overcompensating. Sacrificing, trying to find a comfort zone amid so many changes. Still confident it’ll work out.