The Oklahoma City Thunder are the latest NBA team to have a head coach position, but that doesn’t mean the team isn’t thinking about what their staff will look like once they find a successor. for Billy Donovan.
Well-respected college basketball reporter Andrew Slater, former Wake Forest men’s basketball coach and NBA veteran, Danny Manning is being chased by three NBA teams for a spot on their bench – the Pacers, the Pelicans and, yes, the Thunder.
The news is a bit surprising considering the fact that the Thunder still do not have a head coach and that head coaches normally choose their own staff, however, it has become common in the NBA for front offices to do “Recommendations”. to their head coaches on assistants.
At this point, it seems fair to assume that either Will Hardy of San Antonio or Brian Keefe, Thunder’s longtime assistant, will end up with the head coach job, and in both cases, Manning’s experience. as a professional player and college head coach could come in handy. .
Indiana, New Orleans and OKC among these, uh, per source https://t.co/dSG6gxMyr3
– Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) October 30, 2020
With the 2020 NBA Draft around the corner, there is no indication that Sam Presti is in a rush to hire a head coach, but if the NBA season is due to start in the near future – it looks like mid-January is the latter will happen – the team will need to fill the position as soon as possible.
As it stands, the league owners and the players union appear to be at a stalemate as the owners want to start the 2020-21 season on December 22, while the players are said to be in favor of starting the season. at or around Martin Luther. King, Jr. Day, which will fall on January 18, 2021.