Collison says Adams' departure is 'big loss'After a solid draft, a superb summer league and the signing of Kevin Durant to a five-year contract extension, the Thunder already has had one of the most successful off-seasons in the NBA. But one question looms large heading into the 2010-11 season. How will OKC replace assistant coach Ron Adams? Adams is the man who is most responsible for the Thunder's defensive turnaround last season. He accepted an assistant's position on Chicago's staff alongside recently named coach Tom Thibodeau. "It's a big loss for us,” said forward Nick Collison. "He was a big part of our staff last year. He did an excellent job. We've got a really good staff, though. I feel like everybody in that whole building does a really good job. And that's not always the case. So I think we'll be able to make up for it.” It's possible the Thunder will not replace Adams. Instead, OKC could promote assistant Brian Keefe, a fast-rising assistant who has worked well in player development the past three seasons. Keefe coached the Thunder's summer league team last week. "He's a guy that's really sharp, a young guy that works really hard and he'll get more of an opportunity, I think, to play a bigger role,” Collison said. "I think we'll be fine. But Ron was really good for us and he was a big part of what we did last year.”
Clippers pick becomes clearDetails of the draft-night trade that sent 18th overall pick Eric Bledsoe to the Los Angeles Clippers for a future first-round pick have become clear. The Thunder will receive the Clippers' first-round selection in 2012 if it's outside of the top 10. If L.A. lands the 10th pick or higher, it will keep the selection.
Aldrich to be introduced todayCole Aldrich, the No. 11 overall pick in last month's draft, is scheduled to be introduced to the media today. The Thunder acquired Aldrich and guard Morris Peterson from New Orleans in exchange for the 21st and 26th overall selections, which turned into Craig Brackins and Quincy Pondexter.
Thunder Girls finals set for ThursdayThe final round of auditions for the 2010-11 Thunder Girls will be held Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill in Bricktown. More than 100 women tried out for this year's squad, and only 40 candidates remain for the 18 to 20 slots the Thunder will field this year. By Darnell Mayberry
Collison says Adams' departure is 'big loss'