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OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder will use a zone defense this season

The Thunder hasn't shown any signs of adding the defensive scheme, but coach Scott Brooks says there's still time. But even when the strategy is put in, Brooks said he will not be reliant on it.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 26, 2012

“Going into this stretch of days that we have, we'll add a few more things going into the start of the season. And then we'll have plenty of time during the season to add a thing or two here or there.”


No training camp invitees were waived Friday, but Brooks said the roster will be trimmed to the league-maximum 15 players soon.

Only one player between DeAndre Liggins, Daniel Orton, Hollis Thompson and Andy Rautins will make the final roster.

“We'll make that decision in the next day or two,” Brooks said. “Like I've said all along, all of them have done very well. They've put themselves in a good position. Obviously we can't keep them all. That's going to be a tough decision. But that's going to happen soon.”


If you include Saturday, the Thunder has just five days to come to terms on a contract extension with James Harden before Wednesday's deadline. One reason for optimism is the Thunder's track record of getting deals done under the gun. Last year, Russell Westbrook signed his extension six days before the deadline. In 2009, Thabo Sefolosha inked a four-year deal just three days before the deadline. … A photography crew from The New York Times Magazine attended practice Friday. The crew had a shoot scheduled with seven players to run with a feature in the magazine that is expected to be out in early November. … Nike will make official merchandise of Durant available in December. The clothing and apparel line is expected to include T-shirts, hats and backpacks among other things marked with his signature “KD” logo.

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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