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OKC Thunder: Steven Adams shows his skills in preseason loss

With 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds in the Thunder's 105-102 preseason loss to New Orleans inside a sold out BOK Center, Adams showed fans what the future might hold.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 17, 2013

“He has to continue to understand all the details of the game, and that's going to work itself out with all the work that he puts in with our staff,” Brooks said.

Teammates also are stressing to Adams that communication is critical for his position.

“It's gonna come,” said Kendrick Perkins, who didn't play for the third straight game due to a dislocated finger. “He's a rookie. The biggest thing I try to teach him is that it's all right to talk. You're the last line of defense, so even when you're not in the play, just talking is intimidating.”

Thabeet, who started in place of Perkins, is the incumbent backup. But it seems Adams is quickly narrowing the gap, especially after Thabeet finished with two points, three rebounds and five fouls in 14 minutes.

When asked what's most important from the backup center spot, Brooks regurgitated a familiar refrain.

“Putting us in positions to win, making winning basketball plays,” he said. “Those are positions that we have to make winning plays.”

In the next breath Brooks rattled off a list of things, all of them things that Adams did Thursday night.

Setting screens … Diving on the floor … Blocking shots … Boxing out on the free throw.

“Those are important things that we talk about, paying attention to the details,” Brooks said. “And I think he's done a good job with that but, still, he has a lot to learn. But he's eager. He's willing to put the work in every day.”

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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