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OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant continues to improve ballhandling

Miami star LeBron James was impressed with Durant handle skills, says KD ranks with Chris Paul, Derrick Rose and Steph Curry in that department.
by Berry Tramel and Anthony Slater Modified: March 26, 2014 at 8:04 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014

It was only a one-game trek down to nearby Dallas, with proximity likely playing a factor, but the fact that they traveled is a sign of progress.

Coach Scott Brooks recently said the two are getting closer, but they still have not participated in practice or shootaround with the team. Just individual work.

But Perkins told the Associated Press that he’s aiming for an April 4 return, when Oklahoma City plays at Houston.


Derek Fisher says he has no desire to coach. But some of his teammates think the Ancient Mariner is destined to coach once his playing days are over.

If any Thunder player is destined for that kind of move, it’s Fisher, who at 39 is a virtual player-coach. Fisher says he has no interest in coaching, and he also says this is his final season. He’s ready to watch his kids grow up. Of course, Fisher could coach in college and be at home a lot more than the extended-road trip life in the NBA.

But either way, some of Fisher’s teammates think he can’t avoid the call to coach.

“We always say Fish will coach,” said Perry Jones. “I think he’d make a great coach, to be honest. He’s wise. He knows the game really well. I think he’d make a great coach, if he would coach. He can write a speech on the drop of a dime.”

Reggie Jackson chimed in, “a movie speech.”

Certainly, Fisher is eloquent and thoughtful with what he says. And he knows the game. And he has a solid demeanor. In fact, if you drew up a list of attributes of an NBA player to become a solid coach, Fisher would be what you look for.

“Some people, they can do it,” Jackson said of players migrating to coaching. “D-Fish is one of those. I always joke with him. He’s running away from it. I think it’s one of those things, destined for him. He has that natural knack, feel.”

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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