Billy the Kid Donovan to Coach the Thunder

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Billy Donovan have agreed to a contract that will make him the next Thunder coach.

The deal is for five years.

Donovan has been Thunder general manager Sam Presti’s main target to replace Scott Brooks, who the Thunder dismissed last week.

” When we began the process of identifying the next head coach of the Thunder, we started with a vision and the identifiable qualities that we felt were necessary for our organization as well as the ever evolving role of the head coach in today’s NBA,” Presti said in a statement. “We wanted to identify a person with the traits associated with high achieving leaders in their respective fields; a continuous learning mentality, the ability to adapt, evolve and innovate, intrinsically motivated, humility, and great tactical competence.

“While we created a comprehensive analysis regarding the qualities we were looking for, it became quite evident that Billy was the ideal fit for the Thunder as we look to transition our team into the future.” ‎

“The Thunder represents so many of the values that I embrace as a head coach; the commitment to the team above oneself, the dedicated pursuit of excellence, the commitment to organizational culture, the identity they have established and the fact that the Thunder and the community are so intricately woven into the fabric of one another,” Donovan said in a statement. “To have the ability to work with such a talented and high character group of players is also rare, and I am excited to forge ahead creating those relationships.

“It is of course bittersweet as the University of Florida will always hold a very special place in my heart and in my family’s.”

Donovan has been the coach at the University of Florida for 19 years, and his teams won two national championships and made four Final Four appearance

Written by Joey Sinatra

Joey Sinatra

Joey Sinatra is a co-founder of Joey is a boxing and basketball journalist who attends USI as a post graduate. Joey grew up in the New Rochelle Area of the greater New York City area, and is a cousin of the famous singer, Frank Sinatra. Joey also writes for the Boxing Globe.