- “If we can get everyone to improve, then I feel like as a team we’ve done something right,” said Williams.
- “That’s good … a great guy. A real standing guy,” Williams said of new Thunder center Derrick Favors. Williams said Favors was a great leader and a true professional in New Orleans.
- Williams said Mark Daigneault is not only a smart coach but is able to know and understand his players which leads to great player participation.
- Williams said he loved OKC and had a similar feel to his hometown of Waco, TX, just bigger. He said he loved parks and open spaces and enjoyed spending time outdoors at OKC.
- Bazley says he took two weeks off after the end of the season and “got into it straight away”. He said he had a strength trainer and a plan and was sticking to it.
- Bazley: “As I entered my third year, I had a lot of experiences. I was able to grow through them all. He says he’s a lot more comfortable and knows what to expect in the coming season.
- Bazley said one of his personal goals is to improve defensively and protect bigger wing players.
- Bazley on Daigneault: “She’s an incredible, incredible person. I am so grateful to be trained by him. On and off the pitch he’s helped me grow so much and that’s one of the reasons I feel so comfortable for this year.
- Bazley on the youth competition at training camp: “The competitiveness will be really high, without a doubt. Everyone is really eager to get started. Bazley says everyone will have to push each other and the older guys will have to pass on their knowledge.
- Bazley said he would focus on the little things to start the season, rather than trying to get off to a quick start.
- Dort felt like they had had a great offseason, doing a variety of things to keep fit.
- When it comes to his expectations of young people, he just wants players to bring everything they have every day.
- “He works so hard on his games that he has so much more to show,” Dort said of Gilgeous-Alexander.
- Dort says playing for Canada at the Olympics was a great experience and a great learning experience.
- Derrick Favors said he was in Las Vegas when he learned his trade in Oklahoma City, but after conversations with Sam Presti and Mark Daigneault he is happy to be at OKC.
- “I’m totally in it,” Favors said. “I want to be with younger guys … they’re having fun.”
- Favors said he never really considered not showing up to camp with the Thunder. He said he didn’t want to be “that kind of person”.
- Favors said players in the league can see how the Thunder will work with the veterans if every player comes in and is a good teammate and professional.
- “The only thing I will say about (Kenrich Williams) is that he’s going to find a way to get an offensive rebound,” Favors said. He went on to praise Williams’ work ethic and the energy he brings to the ground.
- Muscala says he’s excited for the season and excited to be playing in front of the fans again.
- Muscala on his future role: “I want to be a leader of this team. Be one of the leaders in the field. Says he’s excited for the challenge and grateful to be playing in OKC.
- Mike Muscala on SGA: “He’s the best player on our team and one of the best players in the NBA. Muscala says Gilgeous-Alexander embodies Thunder culture.
- Mike Muscala says being around the young team is great. On the pitch they are going to want to prove a lot of things, as a veteran he said he would be ready to be there for them.
- Muscala on being one of the oldest players on the team: “It’s new to me for sure, I’m super grateful to start my 9th season in the NBA. I felt these ups and downs – you can bring that stability, hopefully, to these young people.
- Muscala says he has no expectations when it comes to playing time, but is ready to do whatever Coach Mark demands of him.
- Muscala on OKC: “I love the city itself, there are a lot of games in this city when you’re an away team that you don’t like. I always feel like I am discovering something new about the city.
- Muscala said he has watched almost every NBA playoff.
- Gilgeous-Alexander confirms he is in full health and says it was mid-summer that he felt like he was 100% back and healthy.
- There wasn’t one thing in particular he felt he focused on the most, but Gilgeous-Alexander believes he has improved in every aspect of his game.
- “Words don’t go far, so you have to lead by example,” said Gilgeous-Alexander of being the leader of this young team.
- Gilgeous-Alexander looks noticeably stronger and confirms that he spent a lot of time getting stronger. He also mentions that he feels like he’s gotten faster.
- Mark Daigneault is a coach the team really respects, Gilgeous-Alexander saying he is. humble and kind.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder coach opens by saying the Thunder have a unique opportunity this year because they have a “blank canvas” staring them in the face.
- Daigneault echoes Sam Presti’s comments on Friday, confirming that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is 100 percent healthy.
- “He has a very sophisticated approach to competition,” Daigneault said of Gilgeous-Alexander. He said the Thunder playmaker is able to move forward and see the bigger overall project like building Thunder for the future.
- Daigneault said the most formidable attacks in the playoffs are those that have multiple ball creators, and that’s something the Thunder are preparing with the likes of Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Aleksej Pokusevski and others. “Having several versatile ball handlers is not a weakness,” said Daigneault. “It’s a strength and it’s something that we certainly have to work on to understand, to make sure that we are leveraging each other’s talent.”
“We are trying to develop our program, to develop an envorinemat, we are trying to develop an identity about how we are going to play,” said Daigneault. As expected, growth will be the focus for the Thunder in 2021, and Gilgeous-Alexander will be at the center of everything Oklahoma City does this year.
Due to NBA health and safety protocols, we will be virtually covering Thunder Media Day here in 2021. Track throughout the day as we provide updates as each player speaks to the media ahead of training camp.