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Donovan Wants Westbrook To 'Be Able To Be Who He Is'

Billy Donovan wants to establish a personal relationship with Russell Westbrook before they begin to discuss the basketball aspects of their partnership. “I want to be able to sit down with Russell and talk to him and see how he’s feeling and what’s going through his mind,” said Donovan. “The one thing I would say with Russell, I don’t want to at ever feel that with a...
Via RealGM
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Durant ‘excited’ by Donovan hire: ‘I can’t wait to get started’

Kevin Durant came out and publicly supported the hiring of Billy Donovan to replace Scott Brooks as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s next head coach, saying that the team is “excited” and that he personally “can’t wait to get started.” Donovan was named the Thunder’s new head coach on Thursday and is expected to be formally...Read More The post Kevin Durant ‘excited...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Durant optimistic he will be ready for training camp

Hours after the Oklahoma City Thunder officially named Billy Donovan as their new head coach, Kevin Durant gave his new coach a vote and confidence -- and some welcomed news. Durant, who is still recovering from foot surgery that abruptly cut short his season, told ESPN that he is optimistic that he will be ready for training camp and that he is "extremely excited" about the hiring...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

John Calipari reportedly drove Billy Donovan to NBA

The recent dominance and run of success for John Calipari at Kentucky helped push Billy Donovan to the NBA, according to a report. Donovan, 49, coached at Florida from 1996 through 2015 before accepting the head coaching job with the Oklahoma City Thunder this week. Though Donovan won two national championships at Florida (2006 and...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gator Nation Reacts To Billy Donovan’s Departure On Twitter

Gator Nation is bittersweet to news of Billy Donovan's departure for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Here are some reactions from Twitter.
Via Gamedayr
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Donovan's supremely difficult balancing act with Thunder

The most essential difference between coaching in the pros and coaching in college is — and always has been — a very simple one: The colleges are a coach’s game, while the pros are about the players. As great as Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson might be — and they’re both as good as we’ve seen in professional basketball, up there in the top reaches of the pantheon with...
Via Crossover Chronicles
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan signing five-year deal to become Thunder coach

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Billy Donovan has agreed to a five-year deal to become head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Donovan has led the University of Florida for the past 19 years, winning two national titles and appearing in four Final Fours. He will replace Scott Brooks, who was fired as coach of the Thunder after seven...
Via Sports-Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Donovan likely to be named Thunder coach

Billy Donovan to the NBA is apparently happening.  According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the 49-year-old Florida coach is “nearing an agreement” with the Oklahoma City Thunder. An announcement of his hiring is likely to happen on Thursday or Friday, Stein says. Stein reports “only an unforeseen collapse” will prevent the deal from happening.  Donovan has been at Florida since...
Via College Spun
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Oklahoma City Set To Formally Offer Billy Donovan

The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly set to formally offer Billy Donovan to become the franchise's new head coach.
Via Gamedayr
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Durant on board with potential Billy Donovan hiring

The Oklahoma City Thunder appear close to hiring Florida coach Billy Donovan, which seems just fine with their biggest superstar. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that the Thunder are preparing an offer for Donovan and that Donovan is “enthusiastic” about the job. Woj also noted that Kevin Durant has reached out to at least...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Oklahoma City Thunder Open Formal Talks With Billy Donovan

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Billy Donovan have opened formal talks, according to a report from ESPN.com.
Via Gamedayr
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan begins formal talks with Oklahoma City Thunder

Step one of the Gator Nation’s worst fears have been realized. Last week, the Oklahoma City Thunder fired coach Scott Brooks as the Thunder missed the playoffs. There’s been lots of speculation that Billy Donovan would succeed him in OKC, including some … Continue reading →
Via In All Kinds Of Weather
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Donovan, Thunder begin formal discussions

Billy Donovan is widely believed to be the Oklahoma City Thunder’s top choice for their head coaching vacancy, and the two sides appear to be working toward a deal. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Thunder began formal discussions with Donovan about the job this week. Thunder general manager Sam Presti and Donovan have...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bonta and Eddie: On Scott Brooks And Warriors-Pelicans (The Simp of the Week Episode)

On this edition of The Versus Podcast, Bonta and Eddie discuss what happens next for Scott Brooks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. This is therapy for Ed. The post Bonta and Eddie: On Scott Brooks And Warriors-Pelicans (The Simp of the Week Episode) appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
11 days ago  |  Discuss

UConn’s Kevin Ollie removes self from Thunder consideration

Kevin Ollie does not want to be a distraction for his team. According to the latest report, the Connecticut Huskies head coach is set to remain with the team rather than making the jump to the NBA to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder. The news comes from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. UConn’s Kevin Ollie has removed himself from consideration for the OKC head coaching position, sources...
Via Campus Sports Net
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder-Bolt: Scott Brooks Is Fired, Paving The Way For Change In Oklahoma City

The time has finally come for change with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City has fired coach Scott Brooks, league source tells Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 22, 2015 Brooks took over as Oklahoma City head coach for the final 69 games of the 2008-2009 season, finishing with a 22-47 record. From that point forward he mainly enjoyed nothing but success...
Via Crossover Chronicles
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder fire Scott Brooks

Coming off an injury-plagued 2014-2015 season that saw his Oklahoma City Thunder miss the playoffs altogether, it’s being reported that head coach Scott Brooks has been fired. Yahoo Sports insider Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Thunder general manager Sam Presti met with Brooks in California on Wednesday to deliver the news to the now-former Thunder head coach. Brooks...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

UConn’s Kevin Ollie: ‘No plans to pursue’ other jobs

Take a deep breath, UCONN fans. There is some news you are going to want to hear. Connecticut Huskies head basketball coach Kevin Ollie has addressed rumors regarding a potential jump to the NBA. According to the latest buzz, Ollie is drawing interest from the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. While that would be a great opportunity for Ollie and one where he could work closely with...
Via Campus Sports Net
13 days ago  |  Discuss

UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie Issues Statement Regarding NBA Rumors

UConn coach Kevin Ollie may have signed a five-year contract extension with the school back in May of 2014, but that hasn’t stopped reporters from speculating that he might leave for the NBA someday soon. Earlier this week, SNY’s Adam Zagoria reported that Ollie, who once played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was being “seriously considered” for the job, should current head...
Via College Spun
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder Interested In Kevin Ollie

A high profile college coach may be headed to the NBA. According to SNY’s Adam Zagoria, the Oklahoma City Thunder are exploring the possibility of firing current head coach Scott Brooks and replacing him with Connecticut Huskies coach Kevin Ollie after missing the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. Since taking over for Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun in 2012, Ollie has gone...
Via Campus Sports Net
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Durant on injury-plagued season: 'I'm definitely pissed'

Kevin Durant’s 2014-15 NBA regular season campaign was completely derailed — even before it began — due to a litany of injuries. In light of his comments during exit interviews on Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar has been left completely frustrated with his injury-riddled season. Even more, Durant has been left embittered by all...Read More The post Kevin Durant...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Donovan a 'serious candidate' for Thunder job

On the heels of one of the most momentous closing nights of an NBA regular season within memory, a rather large rumor bomb dropped on the internet...
Via Athlon Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Westbrook: Winning scoring title 'means nothing' to me

Russell Westbrook dropped 37 points in the Thunder’s 138-113 win over the Timberwolves which helped him edge James Harden and claim his first NBA scoring title on Wednesday night. Westbrook averaged 28 points per game and shot 42.5 percent from the field this season. And when Kevin Durant’s season was cut short due to a foot injury, Westbrook carried the load and put the team...
Via The Sports Daily
19 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA to suspend Russell Westbrook for critical game

The Oklahoma City Thunder are fighting for their postseason lives, and a 116-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers certainly didn’t help. However, OKC lost something for Monday night’s matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers that is perhaps more important: Russell Westbrook. The point guard racked up a career-best 54 points to go with nine rebounds and eight assists, but he also...
Via Sportsnaut
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook's awesome act of kindness

Every once in a while, an athlete surprises the masses by showing a level of altruism that isn’t widespread in the world today. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook did just this on Monday—one day after putting up yet another triple-double in what has been a MVP-caliber season. But it was off the court that Westbrook showed he was a true MVP. Russell Westbrook brings...
Via Sportsnaut
27 days ago  |  Discuss
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