September 27, 2022 | 7:03 pm EDT Update
If Thibodeau heard the noise, he wasn’t copping to it Tuesday. “I’ve never felt pressure, ever,” he said. “See, when you put everything you have into your job, that’s all you can do. So I’ve never felt pressure. Others can say this, that … that ain’t happening here. Just get ready.”
He was just getting started. “I’ve been at this a long time. I approach it the same way. I put everything I have into each and every day. I’m willing to live with that result. There’s no one — no one — who studies this team harder than I do.”
“We’re looking for who fits the best,” Bickerstaff said following the team’s first official practice. “What we try to do is put together the best five-man units that we possibly can. We feel like we are a deep team, and your first unit, second unit, third unit once you make your rotations — we’re trying to create as strong of units as we possibly can. It’s not something where we’re gonna rotate it or anything like that. It’s something that we want to put together so guys have an understanding of who they are and where they fit and when their minutes are gonna come. Whoever can help that group be the best on both ends of the floor, that’s the group we’ll put in. That doesn’t always mean that’s the group that you finish games with. I think there can be two separate groups here.”
In his own words, there are “a lot of players” in the running for the starting gig and there isn’t a frontrunner. According to Bickerstaff, Cedi Osman, Dean Wade, Isaac Okoro, Caris LeVert, Lamar Stevens and Dylan Windler are the contenders. That’s almost half the roster.
Bobby Marks: You can look at it as 1 trade but 2 separate parts. Atlanta is now $1.28M below the tax but have the flexibility to increase because of the $781K partial of Krejci. OKC with 18 guaranteed contract and pick up an additional draft asset. pic.twitter.com/cdS7Eak7H0
Cody Taylor: Paolo Banchero on Hurricane Ian and the message from the team: Just staying safe, staying inside. I took all of my stuff off my balcony and all that stuff. I’ve never been in a hurricane so I’m a little anxious just to see what happens. I’m praying for everybody else.
Mike Trudell: Ham mentioned several friends and colleagues in the business from whom he’s gotten advice, including former fellow Lakers assistant (and long time Jazz head coach) Quin Snyder, who he calls a few times a week and said is his: “Pro bono coaching consultant.”