Overhauled roster, timeline, pandemic test new Thunder coach
December 16, 2020
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mark Daigneault has quite a task ahead of him in Oklahoma City.
He is heading into his first NBA head coaching gig at age 35, and he was hired to replace Billy Donovan a week before the draft and a month before the start of the preseason.
There's more. The key veterans who helped Oklahoma City reach the playoffs last season -- Chris Paul, Steven Adams, Danilo Gallinari and Dennis Schroder -- are gone.
And then, there is the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic has added.
Daigneault doesn't want to hear excuses.
"It's a challenge for everybody, and it's not limited to th...