OKC Thunder: Coach Mark Bryant impressed by Lazar Hayward's intensity, Cole Aldrich's improvement

Mark Bryant, who coached the Thunder's Orlando Pro Summer League team, talks about the performance of his players, including Lazar Hayward, Reggie Jackson and Cole Aldrich.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 13, 2012
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Mark Bryant, who coached the Thunder's Orlando Pro Summer League team, talks about the performance of his players, including Lazar Hayward, Reggie Jackson and Cole Aldrich.

Q: What were your impressions of how the young guys did this week?

A: The young guys truly grew as the week went on. They got more and more comfortable, and that's what we wanted. We gave them the opportunity to play against other NBA players, younger or older NBA players, and they did a good job. We're happy. The guys, they came in and they competed for two weeks. And they got better.

Who impressed you, who surprised you and what were some of the things that stood out?

I think Lazar really helped himself by his intensity, his leadership and being able to put the ball on the ground and go to the hole. He did a pretty good job of getting there. I think he felt that he could have finished a little bit better. But that's things we working, that's things we find out in the summertime, and he will get better with that. Reggie (Jackson) did a pretty good job. He got better as the week went on, and he's going to grow also. This is going to help him with his confidence. Cole (Aldrich) has gotten better. He's just got to keep working, keep working this whole summer. He has to play. He has to work this whole summer.


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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