Revamped OKC uses Spain trip to try to get players to bond
MADRID >> The Oklahoma City Thunder couldn’t have picked a better occasion for a trip to Europe.
Needing to bring together a new group of players, the revamped Thunder play two preseason games in Spain this week, hoping the overseas trip will help create some chemistry in a squad filled with new faces and without Kevin Durant.
In Spain, practice and game results won’t matter as much as team meals, sightseeing tours or watching a soccer match played by Cristiano Ronaldo.
“This week is about how we utilize the trip to spend more time with each other, to connect, and to bond with one another,” coach Billy Donovan said Sunday. “When you are in training camp and you are home in Oklahoma City, guys are going home to their wives and family. But now as we’ve all left to come over here to Spain, it’s an opportunity for all of us to be together, so hopefully we can maximize this time together.”