Kevin Durant: 'Success' is defined by good practices

The belief of building good practices has become a theme that has set the tone for the Thunder's season, starting with Tuesday's opening day of training camp.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: September 29, 2010 at 10:35 am •  Published: September 28, 2010

Brooks, who carved out an improbable 10-year NBA playing career by practicing for hours on end, now calls himself a "practice coach." The coach praised his players for being extremely competitive in practice.

"When you have that, that creates an environment of improvement," Brooks said.

"You only can be successful through your work. And if you give good effort, you put yourself (in position) to be successful. If you don't, it's luck. And you don't play professional sports to hope for luck."

Brooks said he "needs to see good practices."

"I feel much better," Brooks explained.

On Tuesday, the coach admittedly was feeling pretty good after the first session of the first scheduled two-a-day. But he quickly noted that the league's 29 other coaches likely felt the same way.

"What you do in practice two is what counts now, and so forth as you go along with training camp," Brooks said. "We've got a month to get better and we have to take advantage of every day."

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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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