Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet was born in Tanzania and played collegiately at Connecticut in Storrs, which is roughly 80 miles northeast of Newtown. Rookie guard Jeremy Lamb also played at UConn and currently is with the Tulsa 66ers, the franchise's Developmental League team.
“All kinds of things happen in this world,” said the soft-spoken Thabeet, his eyes darting while trying to find the right words. “We've just got to pray and be positive about it. We can't be negative. Some people are talking about this and saying, ‘Don't trust no one.' … We've just got to thank God that we are here and we are safe … and He has them (the victims) in a safer place.”
Thunder coach Scott Brooks, who has two teenage children, and his staff members spoke in disbelief of the massacre throughout the afternoon while planning for the game.
“It's a tragedy,” Brooks said after his postgame interview session. “It's sad and it's disgusting at so many different levels.
“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families as a whole organization.”