Thunder Coaches, Players Hold Exit Interviews


Wednesday, April 26th 2017, 12:39 pm
By: News 9


Billy Donovan and the Thunder players hold their exit interviews today after being eliminated from the playoffs last night.

The Thunder had the league’s 22nd highest payroll in 2016-17 and has 10 players signed through next season. Taj Gibson, Nick Collison and Norris Cole will be unrestricted free agents while Andre Roberson and Jerami Grant are restricted free agents.

Hear from Thunder leadership and players in the videos above.

Donovan: "I think Russell loves his teammates" #News9Thunder

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Donovan: "I think Steven (Adams) and Victor (Oladipo) will continue to get better. I think their summers are very important." #News9Thunder

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Donovan: "I think there were some games we probably lost because we were trying to integrate new pieces very very quickly." #News9Thunder

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Westbrook on what he's most proud about: "How we stuck together as a team. To me that's the most important part." #News9Thunder

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Westbrook on if he's thought about signing super max this summer: "I haven't thought about anything. I like OKC and like being here."

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Westbrook: "Sam (Presti) has done an amazing job. I trust in his abilities to put guys that want to be here" #News9Thunder

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Westbrook: "I honestly thought we had a team that could win."

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Collison on the season: "It was a fun challenge. It was different but it was a real satisfying year." #News9Thunder

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Collison: "I think Russell was great giving us direction." #News9Thunder

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Collison on his future: "I plan to play for sure."

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Collison: "I realize that there are certain matchups in the league that are really hard for me. I think there's still a place for what i do"

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Adams on Westbrook's season: "It just comes down to him being awesome, really."

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Kanter says his teammates gave him positive energy after he broke his arm earlier in the season

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Kanter on inconsistent playing time in playoffs: "One thing you can always do is cheer for your teammates and support them."

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Kanter says he will visit seven to eight countries this offseason and will do charity work.

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Kanter says he sees everyone in the organization as his family. Says if he's traded, it happens and it's out of his hands.

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Roberson: "I'm proud of the guys. We fought through adversity. We're a young team, we're going to come back stronger."

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Dre: "I def want to be back. Definitely do anything to work it out. Love the team, the organization. Pretty sure we can work something out."

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Roberson said the trade to get Jerami Grant was a turning point for the team this season.

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Roberson said Billy Donovan really helped him with his confidence this season.

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Roberson said he's been working on free throws all season long. Unsure why it was more of an issue this year

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Roberson: "I think i should be in defensive player of the year discussion."

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Victor Oladipo: "It's going to be a huge summer, a big summer for me." #News9Thunder

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Oladipo: "I know what I need to work on. I know what i need to get better at.... It's going to be a very relentless summer."

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Taj on free agency: "I had a long talk with Sam. The goal is to try and come back here." #News9Thunder

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Taj Gibson: "Russ is a great guy, people don't understand that. You want to play with a guy like him."

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During his exit interview, Domas Sabonis says he'll play summer league after not playing last year due to the Olympics.

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Watch Billy Donovan, Russell Westbrook and more as the Thunder hold exit interviews on Wednesday.

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