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Coach Brooks Skeptical Of Coach Durant

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm •  Published: January 21, 2011

Thunder coach Scott Brooks is leery of the dunk contest team of Serge Ibaka and coach Kevin Durant.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks is leery of the dunk contest team of Serge Ibaka and coach Kevin Durant.

A film crew shooting for NBA Entertainment was at practice today getting footage of Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant preparing for the dunk contest at next month’s All-Star Weekend. Their presence sparked several questions about Ibaka’s participation.

And Thunder coach Scott Brooks is one guy who isn’t quite sold on Ibaka’s arsenal.

“I have no clue what he’s going to bring,” said Brooks, who plans to be in Los Angeles to support his players. “The only dunks I’ve seen were in the game. And those are great for us, but they’re not All-Star, dunk-championship dunks. There is not enough creativity right now. But he must have something.”

A reporter then asked Brooks about Durant serving as Ibaka’s official coach.

“That’s Serge’s problem right there,” Brooks joked. “KD has one dunk, the one-handed tomahawk. That’s all he brings to the table. That’s not going to be championship dunk ready either…I’m serious. I don’t know what he’s going to do. I’m worried.”

Undeterred by his coach’s concern, Ibaka said he is excited about the competition and labeled Durant a good teacher. Ibaka admitted that he hasn’t shown many dunk contest type dunks but assured they were coming.

“We’re starting right now,” Ibaka said. “Tonight, I will come back and try to do some stuff and have some new ideas.”

But don’t ask Ibaka to reveal any of his dunks.

“It’s top secret,” Ibaka said. “It’s a surprise.”

Footage of Ibaka and Durant’s preparations can be seen here in the coming days.


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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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