To celebrate the birthday of Thunder mascot “Rumble,” six NBA mascots were on hand for Friday night's 127-111 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Among them was Denver Nuggets mascot “Rocky.”
Rocky and Thunder three-time All-Star Russell Westbrook became a sideshow during the Jan. 20 game in Denver, where Westbrook blocked two of Rocky's half-court shots directly in front of the rim and the crowd at Pepsi Center roared its disapproval.
Roughly 75 minutes before tipoff, Westbrook was informed Rocky would be in the building.
Q: Are you going to apologize or have more fun with him?
Westbrook: “What (do) you think?”
Q: More fun with him.
Westbrook: “Then that's what you got, brother.”
Alas, there were no incidents. It appeared the two combatants didn't even look at each other.
Newly acquired Thunder guard/forward Ronnie Brewer was not activated for Friday's game, but is expected to be cleared to practice with the team for the first time on Saturday.
The 27-year-old Brewer, who was acquired from New York on Thursday, will wear jersey No. 8 with OKC. He previously wore No. 9 with Utah and Memphis and No. 11 with Chicago and New York. OKC's jersey No. 9 is worn by Serge Ibaka and No. 11 is worn by Jeremy Lamb.
Minnesota coach Rick Adelman coached Thunder sixth man Kevin Martin at Sacramento and Houston and was asked to share his favorite memory of Martin.
“He probably doesn't want me to mention it, but it was his first year (2004-05),” Adelman recalled. “We went to the playoffs, but didn't put him on the playoff roster. He became (Seattle's) Ray Allen in practice and all the sudden we were having all kinds of problems guarding him. He was just like Ray Allen.
“He had an unbelievable practice session and I think it kind of showed us what he could do and it also kind of helped him not being on the playoff roster. You've got to give him credit. From that year, he developed into such a great players as far as getting to the foul line. He really figured out how to play and how to be effective. That's what amazed me the most. He's lights-out compared to when he started.”