Oklahoma City Thunder Q&A: Coach Scott Brooks

Brooks excited with what rookie Perry Jones III will bring to the team
By John Rohde Published: October 7, 2012
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photo - Coach Scott Brooks, left, and Russell Westbrook pose for a photo during media day for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team at the Thunder Events Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Coach Scott Brooks, left, and Russell Westbrook pose for a photo during media day for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team at the Thunder Events Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Your overall thoughts on training camp so far?

“I thought we had a great week of basketball. We have three more to go.”

There have been a lot of nice things said about rookie Perry Jones III. Are you worried there might be too much expected?

“We're excited about what he brings. We're excited about his effort and the energy and the person that he is, but he is also a rookie. It's not easy to break into this league and also to break in with our team. He has guy ahead of him who are young that are good who have five or six years experience if he plays behind Kevin (Durant) or Serge (Ibaka). He's a guy who can (play) multiple positions and that's always a big asset to our team.”

What are your plans for Lazar Hayward this season?

“He's a 2-3, a 3-2. He's a perimeter player. He's really done a great job coming back in great shape. Just appearance-wise, he's lost a few pounds. He looks great and he's working. He can guard 2s and 3s and some shooting 4s. I like what I've seen the first week out of him.”

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