OKC Thunder notebook: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can empathize with Thunder's adversity

Like Oklahoma City, Chicago has lost its share of players to injury this season.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 17, 2014


photo - Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau yells to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau yells to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Brooks, however, said having the right players is the real key to withstanding tough times.

“Don’t let any coach fool you that it’s not players,” Brooks said. “You win by having competitive players. And you win at a high level by having competitive (and) really good players. You’re not going to win in this league, no matter how good your players are, if they’re not willing to compete every possession.

“And fortunately for Thibs and myself, we have guys that compete every possession. It’s not always perfect, and there’s not times that we don’t lay an egg every now and then. But, for the most part, their team and our team, we compete every night and at a high level.”

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Brooks on Bulls center Joakim Noah — “He’s playing as well as any big in the league. He has a great ability to inspire his team. And you can’t put a number on that. There’s no stat that tells you he’s a 63 percent inspirer. He inspires his team every night, and that’s a great trait to have.”

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The Thunder will take Tuesday off before resuming practice Wednesday. OKC will then play at Cleveland on Thursday. The Cavs defeated the Thunder, 114-104, on Feb. 26 in Oklahoma City. Tip-off is 6 p.m.

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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