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Oklahoma City Thunder: Exhibition vs. Suns will draw record crowd for BOK Center

Thunder gives Tulsa a taste of the big leagues — and the city responds by buying all 18,233 tickets
By John Rohde and Darnell Mayberry Published: October 17, 2012

“We represent the whole state,” Brooks said. “There's fans throughout the whole state that follow us, support us, watch us on television and now they're going to get a chance to see us in Tulsa with the scrimmage and the exhibition game. So it's just a great way, and we've done it every year, to get different parts of the state and high school programs involved.”


Brooks did not commit to Thabo Sefolosha playing against the Suns on Friday. Sefolosha is recovering from a deep thigh bruise that has sidelined him the last 5-6 weeks.

“Thabo did most of practice today,” Brooks said Wednesday. “It's getting close. I'd hate to say he's playing Friday if he doesn't play. He's getting close. I don't know exactly what day, but he's done a lot the last three or four practices now and today I think he (went) through the whole thing."

Sefolosha was spotted going one-on-one against guard Walker Russell after practice. Sefolosha was not going at full-speed, often taking two or three lateral steps defensively.


There have been times this preseason when Kevin Durant and his rookie backup, Perry Jones III, have played together, a combination Brooks said he likes.

But who is playing the 3 and who is playing the 4?

“I haven't really figured that out,” Brooks said with a smile. “With Perry and Kevin, they're the same size, same athleticism, they can guard each other in practice and I think that helps them. But during the games, whoever has the mismatch, they can go at him into the post. I think they've worked that out fairly well.”


Westbrook and fellow Team USA gold-medal winners Durant and James Harden apparently don't give Thunder teammate Serge Ibaka any grief for settling for the silver medal while playing for Spain this summer at the Olympic Games in London. Westbrook: “I just don't mention it. I mean, it ain't his fault they lost.”

John Rohde and Darnell Mayberry