“Absolutely. I was telling my friends when the Rockets were eliminated, I guess I have to root for the Thunder now. I guess it's because No. 1, I have no animosity towards 'em. There's no rivalry. Can't root for Utah. John Stockton killed us so many times. San Antonio was a big rival. Dallas was a big rivalry. The East doesn't count. And I really like the team. And I really like what Scott Brooks has done with the team. You don't see lack of effort on the team. And that's coaching. There's always somebody, it seems, on some team, but you don't see that with the Thunder at all. You see constant play and constant energy.”
Any special catchphrases?
“No special catchphrases. Keep it simple. Try to do the job as the job is. The NBA show, that's the show. They're not here to hear my catchphrases. They're here to see the best basketball players in the world.”
What are your early impressions of Oklahoma City?
“It's a beautiful town. Absolutely beautiful. Everybody's pleasant. Strangers, ‘hi, how ya doing?' Seems to be really down to Earth, down-to-Earth people. Very clean city. Very impressed with it.”