With Wes and Leon — do you think this is the most in sync you’ve felt with a front office in all your time as a head coach? Thibodeau: Whether it’s ownership or a front office, you’re not going to agree on everything. No one does. But looking back, most of my experiences, most of the time, were very positive. I look back at Chicago, that was a great experience for me — 85 to 90 percent of it was very, very positive. No job is going to be perfect, and I’m not going to be perfect, so I understand that. But when you look at it, you can’t overlook all the positives in each job. I think the one thing in traveling around and visiting with different teams, you understand that the issues are the same virtually for every team. So it’s understanding that, OK, we all have problems to solve, and that’s what really working is, and we’re all fortunate to be doing something that we love. And so I think maybe that’s given me a better perspective this time around. And hopefully I continue to learn and grow. I never want to stop learning.
September 28, 2021 | 3:19 pm EDT Update
Kellan Olson: Monty Williams said the Suns tried for two years to acquire Landry Shamet but teams kept telling them no. Compared Shamet to Saric in terms of how coachable and how good of a teammate he is.
Tom Orsborn: Jakob on Thad: “The very 1st day he played in open gym, you could tell the difference. He happened to be on our team, and he just came in w/ a lot of energy & leadership. It was his 1st day there, but he kind of took over the team & told everybody where to go and how to set up.”
September 28, 2021 | 3:17 pm EDT Update
Mike Trudell: Dwight said he’s really looking forward to playing with Westbrook, whose energy he thinks will rub off on everybody else. “All of us are intense … he’s another level.” Westbrook also benefits the big men, said Dwight, as bigs “eat” off his dribble penetration and passing.