OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary shows ball-handling skills in Orlando

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 8, 2014

McGary, though, said he is comfortable out at the 3-point line.

“I’ve been working on my shot a little bit,” he said. “I never really got to prove it in college just because I just did what the coach and the team needed me to do to win the game. But here I had a little bit more freedom, and I went for it.”

DARKO INSTILLING DISCIPLINE

Thunder assistant/summer league coach Darko Rajakovic had shades of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich late in the Thunder’s win over Brooklyn.

A lapse led to a defensive breakdown that allowed Nets guard Xavier Thames to score a wide-open layup with 2:21 left to play. Although his driving basket cut the Nets’ deficit to 16, Rajakovic immediately called a timeout.

“I don’t like calling timeouts when we’re winning a game by 20 or losing a game by 20,” Rajakovic said. “But the point of those timeouts is to keep consistency. That we don’t give up, and that we don’t get loose. And at one point, our guys went away from the style of play that we want and I had to call a timeout just to remind them to have respect for the game, to have respect for the opponent, to have respect for every possession. And that’s what we want to do, try to get better on every possession.”

UP NEXT

The Thunder had an off day from games Tuesday. The team practiced Tuesday morning in Orlando. Oklahoma City will resume play Wednesday with a 2 p.m. contest against Indiana.


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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