NBA Live Media Day Updates: Hawks and Wizards Kick Off as Training Camps Begin

Sam Presti kicked off szn media day Thursday with a long and entertaining session in Oklahoma City. He touched on a number of issues—from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and his thoughts on drummers in relation to the basketball team’s development arc—but he had a few other interesting points to make.

He said this year’s Thunder team is expected to be the second youngest team in NBA history, after only last year’s Thunder.

The SGA became the latest young star-level player to hit the rumor market after jazz musician Donovan Mitchell replaced the Cavaliers. Presti was asked about his thoughts on this development and he answered, surprisingly, by dissecting the media ecosystem in 2022.

“The only reason we are talking about is that another player has been exchanged for another team,” he said. “The machine – the collecting machine – is empty now. So we need more content. This is the price of admission. It’s not a penalty. No one is trying to disrupt thunder or create problems for thunder. This is the business we are in. You should not be surprised by this because it should To have content. It’s work. We need attention. Attention drives advertisements. Ads pay salaries. And that’s how you work. We have to be able to perform no matter who that is. Donovan Mitchell is already being traded, you wouldn’t ask me that question. So, I don’t think they’re related.”

While I was sitting there wondering if I was now a part of this machine, Presti continued. Notably, he was cut from a discussion about Pearl Jam for throwing the favor at Seattle’s feet and its place as a basketball city. Seattle, of course, lost their beloved Supersonics to Oklahoma City.

Presti thinks they will get a team back soon enough.

“Seattle is a wonderful place, a wonderful city,” he said. “They’ll have a basketball team again…we are all here, hopefully it will…when it happens it will be great.”

So what does Prieste know and when did he know it? It doesn’t exactly dampen expectations for the NBA’s expansion.

Anyway, in case you thought Presti was just here saying things, he assured listeners that he wasn’t. He begins an answer about the growth he has experienced during his 16 years in running the Thunder with the affirmation that everything he says is a firm belief. The Presti we see is the Presti everyone gets, and it’s awesome.

“This is not performance art,” he said. “I’m not on Twitter. And that’s not Twitter. That’s what I really think.”

(Sam Presti Image: Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)

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