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OKC Thunder: Sam Presti calls Phil Jackson rumors 'rubbish'

Thunder general manager said coach Scott Brooks is an integral part of the organization and critical to team's success.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 24, 2012

“My groin hasn't bothered me since about the Lakers series,” Perkins said. “It's gotten a whole lot better. It's probably been about a month and a half now. It feels a whole lot better. It won't affect me (this summer) at all.”

Perkins said the injury will not require surgery before adding he will take about a week to relax and allow his groin, as well as other minor injuries, to fully heal before resuming basketball workouts.

Asked why he played through the injury, Perkins said he wanted to be there for his team.

“I just felt like what we had going was pretty special at the time,” Perkins said. “Having to go up against the Lakers, with all the big bodies that they had, I just knew that even if I wouldn't score a point or a rebound I just needed to be out there just throwing my body around…I just felt like I needed to be out there. I know a lot of the guys kind of follow off my lead and my scowl and just the way I approach the game…So I just wanted to go out there and just have a presence on the court just to show them that I'm out here with them and we ‘bout to do this.”

FAN SUPPORT INCOMPARABLE AND UNFORGETTABLE

At every level, members of the Thunder continue to be impressed with how the team has been received by fans.

Friday's scene at Will Rogers World Airport, where an estimated 4,000 fans welcomed the team back from Miami following its season-ending loss to the Heat in the NBA Finals, was one of the many special moments that have established Thunder fans as arguably the best in the league.

“Quite frankly, if we could shake everybody's hand that was at the airport...when we came back from Miami the other day, I sincerely mean we would,” Presti said. “Those people are incredibly passionate about our team, and we're incredibly passionate about them. And in Oklahoma City, that matters.”

Said Kevin Durant: “It was just amazing to see how many people supported us, especially after a loss. In most cities, that would never happen. That makes us want to get back there and try to win it for them even more.”

TIP-INS

Lazar Hawyard, Reggie Jackson and Cole Aldrich will compete for the Thunder in the Orlando Summer League, which runs from July 9-13. Latavious Williams, the 48th overall pick in 2010 whose draft rights the Thunder acquired via a draft-night trade, also will compete for OKC.

By Darnell Mayberry

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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