OKC Thunder notebook: Move to Minnesota was a tough decision for Kevin Martin

Martin said he had an idea last year would be his only season in Oklahoma City. There were moments throughout the year, he said, that confirmed that reality.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 1, 2013
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Martin expressed confidence in Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb being able to fill the void left by his departure.

“With them playing behind (Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook), if you can, in the second half, hit open shots you're going to excel in that role,” Martin said.

The key, according to Martin, is embracing the role.

“Me and James were so much different players,” Martin said. “No disrespect to the guys they have now, but we're 25, 30 point scores on any given night. But we both accepted that role. I think that's the No. 1 thing. You accept that role and just know you're part of something special and just work hard at it.”

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Kevin Durant joked with reporters before the game that the Target Center this summer became his home away from home because of how much time he spent in Minnesota watching fiancee and Minnesota Lynx guard Monica Wright.

“I did. I did. I spent a lot of time here,” Durant said. “I got some people coming to the game. I feel like I'm a part of the city a little bit.”

TIP-INS

Minnesota forward Ronny Turiaf left Friday's game with 10:17 remaining in the second quarter after landing hard on his right arm following a rebound attempt. He was listed on the injury report with a right elbow contusion. … Minnesota Lynx forward Seimone Augustus received a standing ovation during a timeout early in the second quarter when she took the court carrying her team's WNBA championship trophy. … Rookie guard Andre Roberson made his NBA debut with 9:16 remaining.

QUOTABLE

Thunder coach Scott Brooks on Martin — “I hope that he has four horrible games this year.”

UP NEXT

The Thunder will play its home opener Sunday against Phoenix. Tip-off is 6 p.m.

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY


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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