Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook finishes second

Oklahoman Modified: January 20, 2009 at 4:55 am •  Published: January 20, 2009
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Westbrook finishes second
Russell Westbrook finished second in online balloting that determined which rookie would be invited to participate Feb. 14 in the All-Star Game slam dunk contest. Portland’s Rudy Fernandez (251,868 votes) won, followed by Westbrook (147,279) and Milwaukee’s Joe Alexander (114,963).

Fernandez will compete against defending slam dunk champion Dwight Howard (Orlando), Rudy Gay (Memphis) and Nate Robinson (New York). All four participants will appear in a series of videos on nba.com/dunk.

WEIRD STRATEGY
Nenad Krstic has had to re-acclimate himself to the NBA routine, a more rigorous pace than the Russian league. Krstic said Stanislav Eremin, his coach in Russia, occasionally refused to let him practice because he was saving the 7-foot center for the second part of the season.

"It was only a couple of times, but they don’t play as many games over there,” Krstic said. "They didn’t practice as much over there. It’s good for your body to rest. But for me, I’m the type of player who needs to practice hard to play good. Even in games, I didn’t play a lot. (Eremin) was just doing what he thought was best for his team.”

FORD CENTER VOICE
Public address announcer Jim Miller, a former high school coach who was the announcer for Harrah basketball games, answers a few questions on being the man behind the microphone at Thunder games.

What is the most difficult part of the job?

"The trick, like participating in sports, is if you’re thinking what you want to say, you’re doing it wrong.



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