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OKC Thunder: Hasheem Thabeet joins team in Orlando

Thunder Notebook: Latavious Williams sits the first day; Reggie Jackson carries the offense vs. Boston; Cole Aldrich has a rough day; Jones plays through cramps; Hayward battles through tough shooting day
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 9, 2012
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As expected, Hasheem Thabeet joined the Thunder in Orlando for summer league this week.

Thabeet did not play Monday in the Thunder's 75-63 loss to Boston. He sat near the bench in street clothes.

But the 7-foot-3 center could suit up for Oklahoma City after he signs his new multiyear contract on Wednesday. If Thabeet signs Wednesday morning, it's possible that he plays Wednesday afternoon against Detroit.

Thabeet sat with Thunder guards Eric Maynor and Daequan Cook on Monday, arriving and leaving the Amway Center with the two. All three are working out with the team each morning, but Maynor and Cook will not participate in the games in Orlando.

“I believe that's a tradition they built here in Oklahoma City. I think you come back and watch and see what the young players are doing and if you can help,” said Reggie Jackson. “When we sit down and talk at dinner or in the hotel rooms, the guys are trying to help me. That's the kind of teammates we are. It's a college atmosphere. We all enjoy each other's presence and like being around each other. We're always trying to help each other get better. I think that's what makes us kind of a unique team and helped us get to where we were last year.”

LATAVIOUS WILLIAMS SITS

Latavious Williams, a forward who the Thunder acquired via a draft-night trade in 2010, is on Oklahoma City's summer league roster but did not play Monday.

Williams, who spent last season playing in Spain, is waiting on paperwork from FIBA that will clear him to play with the Thunder.

That clearance is expected to be completed Tuesday, allowing Williams to play Tuesday afternoon.

JACKSON CARRIES THE OFFENSE

Jackson scored a team-high 19 points on 7-for-15 shooting Monday, carrying the offense during times in which the Thunder had few other options.

After making just two of his first six shots, Jackson finished strong by five of his final nine attempts.

“I thought Reggie did a good job,” said Thunder summer league coach Mark Bryant. “Like we said, it's the first game. He's getting a good feel, a chance to play. He hasn't played that much all yearlong. So this summer is a real good showcase for him, and I thought he did good. He's going to get better as each game goes by.”

Jackson said he has spent the past few days drilling on attacking off of screen and rolls and not playing tentatively.

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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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