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Oklahoman Published: February 22, 2009
Rose, Sefolosha join Thunder in Golden State
After taking their physicals — and passing them — Friday in Oklahoma City, Thabo Sefolosha and Malik Rose joined the Thunder for Saturday’s game at Golden State. Both players made it to the team’s hotel in San Francisco in time to attend the team’s meeting Saturday morning.

Rose, who will wear No. 9, said he doesn’t know much about Oklahoma City but is hearing good things about fan support.

"What I’m hearing right now is that the city is really in love with the team and they get pumped up for the games,” Rose said.

Rose isn’t likely to see many minutes with Jeff Green starting at power forward, Nenad Krstic starting at center and forwards Nick Collison and Joe Smith coming off the bench. Sefolosha, who wears No. 2, will immediately compete for playing time with rookie guard Kyle Weaver.

"I talked to Thabo and he pretty much knows seven or eight of our sets,” Brooks said. "He picks things up pretty quick. I just want him to play hard. I know it’s going to be a little tough at first not knowing everything, but if they play with great effort that’s all we can ask for.”

Mr. Versatility
When Brooks inserted Krstic into the starting lineup at center and moved Collison to the bench for Friday’s game against Phoenix he said the change had nothing to do with Collison’s performance.