Oklahoma City Thunder Rumors
Donovan and Karnisovas will collaborate to put together the rest of his assistant coaching staff. Some potential names to keep in mind include Mark Daigneault and Billy Schmidt, who worked with Donovan at the University of Florida and in Oklahoma City. Another Thunder coach who could be a candidate to join Donovan’s staff in Chicago is Dave Bliss. Outside of Oklahoma City, keep an eye on Royal Ivey, who’s currently under contract with the Knicks. Several teams have expressed interest in Ivey and believe New York would allow him out of his contract as SNY reported. “It’s a great spot,” one Western Conference coachtold HoopsHype. “I like their position. They’ve got to hit on that fourth pick, but you’ve got some talent at least.”
Presidential hopeful Joe Biden, NBA star Chris Paul and Mayor Vi Lyles visited a legendary restaurant in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon. During a visit to Charlotte, the Biden motorcade stopped at Mert’s Heart & Soul in uptown Charlotte around 2 p.m.
“Players are woke, they’re aware, they know what’s going on. We just have to continue these conversations,” Chris Paul said during a discussion on CITIZEN by CNN, referring to LeBron James as an inspiration in the fight.
Chris Paul: “I think it all just came to a head and guys started really communicating and started realizing that you don’t have to just shut up and dribble. “Everyone started banding together. We realized how much stronger we are together so we support each other in whatever it may be. “We support our brother Colin Kaepernick. There is a whole entire community of us that know we’re more than just athletes.”
Are the Thunder going to hire a coach who is going to challenge Simmons to evolve on offense? This should be a major concern. Billy Donovan was a solid day-to-day team manager who had his problems making in-game adjustments, but the biggest knock on him I gathered from years of conversations with people around the Thunder and the NBA is he never had the respect of star players. Are the Thunder going to hire someone who they are simply comfortable with, or a guy who’s going to challenge convention and command respect?
Billy Donovan has agreed to a deal to become the next coach of the Chicago Bulls, sources tell ESPN. Chicago Bulls executive VP of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas aggressively pursued Donovan in the aftermath of Donovan’s leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder after five seasons, sources said, selling Donovan on a partnership and vision for a talented young roster and chance to lead one of the league’s anchor franchises.