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OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder GM Sam Presti refutes that teams are 'tanking'

Presti said: “The records of the teams in the bottom four of the league are in line with those over the last 20 seasons. If anything, they are actually slightly above those averages. I’m missing the epidemic on this, really.”
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 12, 2014
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Adams already has a healthy respect for Gasol and said he will need to rely on advice from the coaching staff and injured center Kendrick Perkins once again to determine how to best defend Gasol.

“He’s the man,” Adams said. “He’s skilled. He’s really smart, good with the ball. I’ve got to do my homework again, ask Perk.”

Adams said he’ll aim to prevent deep post catches for Gasol, as well as contest his shots and “bump him up.”

“I don’t think he likes contact too much so I’m going to try to bump him up as much as possible,” Adams said.

Told that he’s pretty good at that, Adams replied, “Yeah, that’s what they got me here for.”

TULSA ADDS ONE TO ROSTER

The Tulsa 66ers acquired Dominic McGuire from the Santa Cruz Warriors in exchange for the returning players rights to guard Dominique Sutton, the team announced Wednesday.

McGuire, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward, has six years of NBA experience, averaging 2.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 342 games. Originally drafted by Washington in 2007, McGuire has played for seven NBA teams, most recently Indiana last season.

In 22 games (18 starts) with Santa Cruz this season, McGuire averaged 13.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 32.1 minutes.

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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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