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By John Rohde, Staff Writer, Modified: October 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm •  Published: October 4, 2010

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he has not yet decided who will start at center for Wednesday night's exhibition game against Charlotte in Fayetteville, N.C.

"Good question," Brooks said after Monday's three-hour practice. "All the guys are giving us good, quality minutes in practice. It's open. Everybody's competing for the minutes."

Starter Nenad Krstic has yet to practice after having surgery on his right (shooting) index finger the week before training camp. Veteran power forward/center Nick Collison is out indefinitely with a bruised left knee. That leaves second-year player Byron Mullens and rookie Cole Aldrich as the candidates at center, although Brooks also mentioned forward Serge Ibaka.


Krstic jokingly has said he never would have had surgery on his finger had he known he would have been required to do so much work on the exercise bike while observing practice.

"I feel sorry for Nenad," Mullens said. "He's on the sideline working out hard, looks like harder than we are. When he comes back, he's going to be ready to go."

Brooks said he stopped one workout, had all his players look over at Krstic pedaling away and asked him, "Would you rather be on the court working with us?" Krstic quickly responded, "Yes."

"He's down to a (small forward) weight," Brooks said. "He looks great, other than his finger."

Collison, meanwhile, has been rehabbing by doing a lot of swimming.

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