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OKC Thunder notebook: Sacramento Kings arena deal falling apart; James Harden misses game with sore knee

Thunder ownership chairman Clay Bennett watched the Sacramento Kings on Friday, but it was in New York City in his role as head of the NBA's relocation committee and not at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: April 13, 2012

Durant said he has yet to personally experience any tornadoes. "No I haven't. I wish I could knock on some wood,' said Durant, who then knocked on the massive door of his locker room stall. "We've been dodging them since I've been here. We've missed like two or three of them. Hopefully, I keep missing them."

Will Durant ever feel comfortable enough to step in his front yard and observe a tornado? "I don't care how long I've been here, I don't think I could do that," Durant said. "That's not me."

Asked if he felt uneasy about tornado warnings, OKC coach Scott Brooks said: "There's no question. With me, growing up in California, just seeing all the news reports, it kind of bothers you. You're worried about your family. You're worried about the people in the community, and our players are no different. We have guys who are concerned, but we still have to come in here and do our jobs and hope for the best that everything is going to be all right.

"It's scary. I'm not scared of earthquakes, but I'm scared of tornadoes."


New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson agreed Friday to purchase the Hornets for $338 million, a move which is expected to keep the NBA franchise in New Orleans.

Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart was born and raised in Baton Rouge, La.

"It's great for the city because you've still got a lot of people wanting to support that team," Smart said. "A lot of people who still want to know for sure if it's still going to be there."


The Thunder shot 47.8 percent from the field, which is not bad considering it started the game 0 for 8. … Despite not having Harden, the OKC bench scored 46 points. … Thunder reserve guard Derek Fisher is starting to find his shooting touch and shot 6 for 9 against the Kings, finishing with 14 points. In the last three games, Fisher is 12 for 20 from the field and also has made three straight 3-pointers. … Isaiah Thomas, the Kings' 5-foot-9 rookie point guard out of the University of Washington, led Sacramento with 21 points and shot 8 for 12 from the field. His career high is 28 against San Antonio.


A five-game road trip ensues: At Minnesota on Saturday; at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday; at Phoenix on Wednesday; at Sacramento on Friday and at the Los Angeles Lakers a week from Sunday.


Thunder forward Serge Ibaka on the possibility of experiencing a tornado: "Oh, man. We never see that kind of stuff in Congo. It's kind of crazy. It's my first time and it's kind of too much for me."