NBA Summer League: Thunder trio on the mend

TONY MEJIA, Special Correspondent Published: July 9, 2009
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MAITLAND, Fla. — A trio of Thunder players with extensive injury histories put the power of modern medicine on display in Oklahoma City’s 94-82 Summer League basketball win over Boston.

Shaun Livingston, D.J. White and DeVon Hardin weren’t the stars, and those days might be behind them now, but all started and were instrumental in a victory.

It was a development they would love to see continue as their careers with the Thunder continue.

White, a power forward who broke his foot as a sophomore at Indiana, hit his first five shots thanks to an impressive mid-range jumper that should help him stick in the NBA.

Hardin showed great explosiveness on numerous dunks and blocks, trying to rebound from losing his junior season at Cal to a stress fracture in his left foot.

Both said they’re back at 100 percent, just working on conditioning and strength in the hopes of becoming contributors in Oklahoma City.

Livingston had suffered a nasty knee injury, snapping his left leg laterally.

It dislocated his knee cap and damaged every one of his cruciate ligaments.

Livingston, who said he refuses to watch any replays of the injury, was the No.