OKC Thunder not looking to replace Kevin Martin

by Darnell Mayberry Published: September 28, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Martin (23) celebrates during Game 1 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Martin (23) celebrates during Game 1 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“We have a terrific offensive system,” Brooks said. “The only thing I could say we have to get better at is not turning the ball over. And it's something I've been talking about for a lot of years. … If we can just cut our turnovers down one turnover per game, we're in the top 10 in least amount of turnovers.”

COACH SPEAK

The Thunder added two new assistants this summer, welcoming former NBA player Robert Pack and longtime coach Mike Terpstra to the staff.

Brooks talked about what attracted him to both coaches.

“Pack brings a great deal of playing experience and coaching experience,” Brooks said. “He's played the (point guard) position and played it at a high level. And he has toughness. … He brings an intensity level that I like.”

Brooks said Westbrook will now work closely with Pack.

“Mike Terpstra has a large knowledge of basketball at many different levels, and he will also aid me in areas that I see fit,” Brooks said. “And he will do a great job with our players.”

Pack and Terpstra replaced Maurice Cheeks and Maz Trakh. Cheeks took the head coaching job in Detroit, and Trakh joined him as an assistant.

“They did an incredible job for all of our players and myself and we wish them well in Detroit,” Brooks said. “It's a great opportunity for those two. Maurice is a dear friend and I love what he did for me and our players.”

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

The Thunder will have three more days of practice before departing for Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday.

The team will go through two-a-day sessions Sunday and Monday before wrapping up practices in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

The Thunder is scheduled to be abroad for six days as part of its two-game preseason slate in Europe. After playing Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul on Saturday, the Thunder is scheduled to return home immediately after its game against Philadelphia in Manchester, England.


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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