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OKC Thunder: Thunder to play Rockets in Summer League championship game

Coach Rex Kalamian said playing good, consistent basketball is the priority. Winning and losing are way down the list.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 11, 2013


The summer league teams for the Thunder and Houston Rockets will play for the inaugural Orlando Pro Summer League championship on Friday.

Tip-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. Oklahoma time.

Houston finished in first place in this week's standings, earning 21 points under a new scoring system that awards teams three points for a win and one point for each quarter won. The Thunder finished in second place with 20 points.

Both teams went 4-0 this week.

But taking the summer league crown never was the Thunder's objective.

“It's not about the championship. It's not about the final day,” said Thunder coach Rex Kalamian. “It's more about, for us, the consistency of how we play … We know that there are going to be a lot bigger games ahead. It's nice to win, don't get me wrong. We really want to win every time we step on the floor. But the outcome of winning and losing to us is way down the list.”


The two summer league players who figure to return to the Thunder with the most prominent roles are Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb.

Both have shown flashes of brilliance this week, and both said this setting is only building their confidence going into the rest of the off-season.

“I think this is a good stepping stone in the right direction,” said Jackson. “But we both still got to get better.”

Lamb hopes this week's experience ultimately will prove to be the foundation of a strong season, something Jackson credited his improvement to last year.

“Being able to work all summer and then demonstrate it in a game-like situation is huge,” Lamb said. “The coaches are out here watching us and evaluating us, and that's big for me right now and that's big for a lot of other guys on the team … So I think for me it's definitely a confidence-builder.”

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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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