Thunder, Billy Donovan half methods after 5 seasons

The Thunder and head coach Billy Donovan have parted methods after 5 seasons.

Donovan led the Thunder to the playoffs in each one among his campaigns on the helm, however the workforce bowed out within the first spherical for the fourth straight 12 months in 2019-20.

After main the workforce to a 243-157 report, Oklahoma Metropolis didn’t renew his contract, the workforce confirmed on Tuesday.

“I’ve nice respect for Billy and can at all times respect our work collectively. He’s a terrific basketball coach and we’re pleased with what he has completed with the Thunder,” mentioned basic supervisor Sam Presti. “We had deliberate to sit down down on the finish of the season and focus on one of the best ways to maneuver ahead for each of us. After these discussions, it grew to become obvious that we could not present him the knowledge on the long run path of the workforce over the subsequent a number of seasons to offer him the extent of readability that he understandably needs at this stage of his profession.

“Due to this fact, we shut this chapter and mirror fondly on all that he has given to the workforce, organisation and group. Billy will at all times have a spot within the Thunder household.”

Donovan, whose workforce was overwhelmed in Sport 7 of the Western Convention first spherical by the Houston Rockets this season, thanked the Thunder for his time with the franchise.

“Teaching the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder the previous 5 seasons has been a fantastic honour, and I thank Mr. [Clayton] Bennett [Thunder owner], Sam and the whole group for the chance,” he mentioned.

“I’ve a fantastic respect and admiration for the gamers I coached in Oklahoma, and I additionally wish to thank the coaches I labored with, who gave unbelievable time and experience to our frequent objective.

“Lastly, I wish to thank the Oklahoma Metropolis group for being so welcoming to my household throughout our time right here. This place will at all times be particular to us. I’ll at all times maintain this organisation within the highest regard and need the Thunder and their followers the success they deserve.”

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