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Notebook: OKC waiting on team name before introducing new players

By Darnell Mayberry Published: August 18, 2008
The name game
Oklahoma City's long-awaited announcement of its team nickname is not expected to come this week. The official unveiling of the name, colors and logos is, however, expected before the end of the month.

•Press conferences: The delay in the announcement of the team name, colors and logos has prevented OKC from introducing recent acquisitions Desmond Mason, Joe Smith and Kyle Weaver. The team doesn't want to officially introduce the players at a press conference until it has jerseys for each player to hold up.

•What up, Doc? Among the many items still on the checklist of things to do for Oklahoma City's NBA franchise, one pressing matter is selecting a local doctor to serve as the team's doctor. The franchise formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics used Richard Zorn, a Seattle-based doctor. Without an Oklahoma-based team doctor, recently acquired forwards Mason and Smith had to fly to Seattle instead of Oklahoma City last week for their NBA-mandated physicals.

•Where in the world? Oklahoma City's preseason opener against Minnesota on Oct.

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