BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: January 20, 2009 at 4:56 am •  Published: January 20, 2009
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The Thunder plans to break ground on its permanent practice facility late this spring or early summer. When completed in the fall of 2010, team chairman Clay Bennett said it will be the finest practice facility in the NBA.

The team is using a temporary facility in north Oklahoma City its first two seasons that was renamed on Monday as the Integris Health Thunder Training Center. The new $20 million facility, to be built near Britton and Broadway Extension, will feature state-of-the-art facilities and amenities.

"The most important asset in this organization is our players as individuals and as elite athletes,” Bennett said. "Like high performance machines, they require a lot of fine tuning, a lot of conditioning, a lot of rehab, a lot of training and a lot of preventative training.

"We hope to establish a platform in Oklahoma City as a franchise that we are known for providing the cutting edge best care, best rehab and best approach to medical services that there is in the league.”

Team officials have toured six to eight of the finest facilities in the country and are conferring with consultants.


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