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Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks lets team take a breather

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: October 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm •  Published: October 2, 2010
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Thunder coach Scott Brooks has been so pleased with his players' effort in training camp, he made them practice only once Saturday rather than going through another two-a-day session.

The team had two-a-days on Tuesday and Wednesday. They also had a Friday morning practice and that night played the Blue & White scrimmage before an overflow crowd of 3,500 at the Yukon High School gym.

"The natural reaction today would have been to relax a little bit, but they gave nearly three hours of great intensity," Brooks said after Saturday's practice.

Having Saturday afternoon off allowed players to watch more college football, most notably Kevin Durant and Royal Ivey from Texas and Longar Longar from Oklahoma.

GETTING TO THE POINT

On several occasions during Friday's scrimmage, Durant played point guard in the Thunder's half-court offense.

"Kevin is a terrific playmaker," Brooks said of the 6-foot-9 1/2 Durant, who has a 7-foot-5 wingspan. "Every year, we've challenged him to get better in a lot of areas, and he has. He's come back a better defender and a better playmaker."

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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