The energized students, packed into the stands, let out shrieks of admiration for nearly every player. But no one got a louder ovation than Russell Westbrook, who slowly strolled onto the court with a band-aid on his right knee, proceeding to shake hands with a number of fans.
“Great feeling to be back here, to make them smile, to joke with them,” said forward Serge Ibaka, who also took pictures and signed autographs for the crowd.
The Thunder also put on a respectable show during the scrimmage.
In a spirited and energized game, won by the white team (which featured all the starters), there were plenty of highlight plays.
Ibaka had a powerful poster dunk on rookie Andre Roberson, Kevin Durant rained in a trio of long-range 3-pointers and Thabo Sefolosha sent Derek Fisher stumbling to the floor with a nifty crossover move, drawing oohs and ahs from the crowd.
DURANT'S NEWEST OFFENSIVE MOVE
Early in the first quarter of the scrimmage, Kevin Durant took rookie Andre Roberson into the post, cleared out the rest of his teammates and finally unveiled his newest offensive weapon to the public.
On an island with Roberson, Durant smoothly swept across the lane, before releasing a mini-sky hook on the run, splashing it right through.
It was reminiscent of Magic Johnson's legendary game-winning hook in Game 4 of the 1987 Finals and something Durant had been reportedly working on all summer.
“It's taking me a while to master it,” Durant said in an offseason interview. “If I shoot 20 of them, I would make 4 of 5. But I've been working on it this summer. I'm trying to add that to my game.”