“It’s bigger than just basketball,” Billy Donovan speaks for the first time as Oklahoma City Thunder head coach

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OKLAHOMA CITY - On Friday, Billy Donovan talked to the media for the first time as the Oklahoma City Thunder head coach.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder named University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan as the new head coach.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports say the five-year deal is worth approximately $30 million.

Donovan will be the third head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, following Scott Brooks, who was let go by team executives last month.

Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti and Donovan addressed the media on Friday afternoon.

Presti said they were looking for someone who was creative and would fit into the Thunder's culture.

He said it became "pretty evident" that Donovan should lead the Thunder.

Presti said that Donovan is intelligent, has relentless work ethic and would fit in with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Oklahoma City community.

"I did not know what it was about, and it was that that really made me turn my head," Donovan said.

He said the Oklahoma City Thunder's qualities and values mirror his beliefs.

"It's bigger than just basketball," Donovan said.

He said the players' talents speak for themselves, but he learned about their love for the community, adding that it is a "special situation."

KFOR's Bob Barry Jr. asked what was the difference with the Oklahoma City job and the Orlando job.

"I think that Orlando had nothing to do with Orlando but had more to do with me and my situation," Donovan said, adding that didn't feel like his job at the University of Florida was done.

He said there will be a transition period but he is excited to work with Oklahoma City's players and the organization.

Donovan said he is planning to add people to his staff that will fit into the culture here.

"Scott Brooks has done and outstanding job," Donovan said.

He said he knows the players have high expectations and he wants to make the game easier for them and create a game plan to where everyone thrives.

"It's about them, it's about the players," Donovan said. "It's about me coming in here and developing a close relationship with them."

He said Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are great players, have accomplished a lot and are great people.

Donovan said one of the first times he visited Oklahoma City was one week after the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed.

He said that moment stuck with him and he wants to be part of the community.

"It's about the people of Oklahoma too," he said.

He said he has been told that Oklahoma City is one of the greatest places to play, and he is excited to hear from Loud City.

Donovan says the NBA will be different, but he still feels like he can bring some of his strengths to the team.

He said he wants to keep the speed of the game up and keep the ball moving across the court.

Donovan said he is passionate about the game and his players.

He said the development of the team is what is most important.

Donovan has spent the last 19 years as the Gators’ head coach, leading the program to back to back national titles in 2006 and 2007.

He’s been wildly successful at the NCAA level. He’s appeared in four Final Four’s, won 72 percent of his games and won six SEC titles with the Gators.

Donovan has been considered the front-runner ever since Scott Brooks was fired last week. This is Donovan’s second crack at becoming an NBA head coach.

In 2007, he agreed to become the head coach of the Orlando Magic, but backed out at the last-minute to return to Florida.

He never coached a game with the franchise.

However, Donovan has been coveted by the NBA numerous times. He turned down jobs in Cleveland and Minnesota last year.

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