Coach P.J. Carlesimo said execution wasn’t crisp at Thursday’s two-hour practice, but that was expected. "We literally haven’t practiced since last (week),” Carlesimo said. "One of the truisms in the league is it’s sometimes hard to practice the day after a day off.” Nick Collison (ankle) and Chris Wilcox (bruised calf) were limited in practice. Jeff Green (ankle) wasn’t 100 percent but practiced. Kyle Weaver (groin) is still unable to practice. Joe Smith (surgery for a broken nose) did not practice.
Swift, Sene returnCenters Robert Swift (hand) and Mo Sene (offseason knee surgery) practiced for the first time on Thursday, but both were limited. "They looked like guys who haven’t practiced all year,” Carlesimo said. "They’re not in condition.” Carlesimo said it’s doubtful either will play in next week’s two preseason games, but there’s an outside chance they could play limited minutes.
Mason is clutchCarlesimo announced practice would end when one player hit two free throws following suicide wind sprints. Earl Watson, Damien Wilkins, Kevin Durant and John Lucas III all missed before Desmond Mason drained two free throws to prevent the team from running a fifth set of wind sprints. "It probably would have been better today if we made the (first two) free throws and didn’t run that much,” Carlesimo said. "It became a little more than we wanted.” Wilkins said: "I didn’t mind running them. We need them after not practicing. They felt good, but I can’t speak for everybody.”
Boys & Girls club visitThunder players Wilkins, Lucas and Weaver, and TV broadcasters Brian Davis and Grant Long, Thursday afternoon visited the Boys & Girls Club in Memorial Park. The Boys & Girls club has been a part of Wilkins’ foundation in Atlanta and his hometown in North Carolina. "Growing up, I was the first member of my Boys and Girls when it first opened,” Wilkins said. "It’s always been something very important to me. In the summer time I always go back to give something back.” BY MIKE BALDWIN