Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: New Lakers coach no biggie to Thunder

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said hiring of Mike D'Antoni does not change how the Thunder looks at Western Conference battle.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 12, 2012
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Thunder coach Scott Brooks was complimentary of newly named Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni when asked before the game about his thoughts on what is currently the hottest topic in the league.


“Coach D'Antoni is a great coach,” Brooks said. “He's had nothing but success in his career, Phoenix and New York. I'm sure he's going to do well. He has a lot of talent to work with; some of the best players in basketball and he has a great coaching style. He's going to have a lot of success.”

In the next breath, Brooks said D'Antoni's hire is of no concern to the Thunder and its quest to return to the NBA Finals.

“That doesn't change how we look at things at all,” Brooks said. “We focus on our team, our growth, our development, how we play. It has no bearing on us moving forward. We know that the Lakers are one of the best teams in basketball. That doesn't change. We still focus on how we play and approach every game the same.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WESTBROOK

Russell Westbrook celebrated his 24th birthday Monday.

As somewhat of a forced gift, a handful of Thunder players — and one unlucky coach — had to serenade Westbrook with “Happy Birthday.”


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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