Thunder notebook: Quest for a new collective bargaining agreement also left less time for rookie hazing

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: December 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm •  Published: December 13, 2011
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The 149-day NBA lockout left little time for preparation and shortened the regular season from 82 games down to 66.

The quest for a new collective bargaining agreement also left less time for rookie hazing.

The Thunder's rookie hazing is lighthearted, good-natured and details frequently are kept private.

However, evidence is not difficult to spot. For example, Kansas center Cole Aldrich had to tote a "Dora The Explorer" backpack last season. There also was a giant stuffed green frog and his car was filled with packing popcorn.

Royal Ivey was the instigator with Aldrich and it appears Ivey will be in charge of hazing the team's lone rookie, Reggie Jackson.

Confident and already accepted by teammates, Jackson said he's ready for whatever awaits.

"I've got some stuff up my sleeve," Ivey said. "He (Jackson) has been good. Cole was rebellious. He (Jackson) is going to have to do some things, but nothing to the extreme."

Asked who might give Jackson the hardest time, Ivey smiled and said, "Probably (Kendrick) Perk(ins)."

Jackson said Kevin Durant already has made him run a couple of errands, including filling the gas tank of one of Durant's cars.

"Luckily, it wasn't the van," Jackson said.

Other Jackson chores?

"Just make sure we have towels on our chairs before we take showers. That's it," reserve guard Eric Maynor said.

During Media Day at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday, several Thunder players cut in front of Jackson at various photo and interview stations.



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