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Thunder notebook: Denver coach George Karl has high praise for Thunder

Oklahoman Modified: April 9, 2009 at 4:43 am •  Published: April 9, 2009
Before his team tipped off against the Thunder on Wednesday night, Denver coach George Karl had rave reviews for what he sees in store for Oklahoma City’s future.

"I love the nucleus of their team,” Karl said. "It’s a young team that’s going to have growing pains. But (Kevin) Durant is going to lead the league in scoring someday. (Jeff) Green, a lot of people compare him to Scottie Pippen, and the reason is because he’s fundamentally sound in almost every area. And (Russell) Westbrook, if you don’t stay in front of him, he’s extremely dangerous.

"(Nenad) Krstic is playing well. They seem to have some more confidence in him. (Thabo) Sefolosha, I think they’re trying to turn him into a Bruce Bowen-type of player, and I think he’s capable of handling that situation.

"I think they’re in a great place. And I read that they have like 47 draft picks in the next two years. They’ve put themselves in a good place. And not many people know about it, but Oklahoma City is kind of a tough place to play.”

Karl continued his high praise for Westbrook, but said the rookie point guard must find his niche in the NBA.