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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook intrigued by idea of nicknames on jerseys

Russell Westbrook said he'd put “Why not?” on the back of his jersey if given the opportunity, paying homage to his self-created motto. Serge Ibaka, meanwhile, said he'd put “Avec Classe,” a French term meaning “with class.”
by Anthony Slater Published: September 27, 2013

GARRETT, MCGRUDER ADDED TO ROSTER

The Thunder has added Diante Garrett and Rodney McGruder to its preseason roster.

Garrett is a second-year guard who played 19 games for the Suns last season, and McGruder is a rookie from Kansas State who earned All-Big 12 honors last year.

Both face steep odds when it comes to making the team. But in their brief workouts and pickup games since arriving in OKC, the duo has made an impression.

“Rodney McGruder's looking real good for us,” Durant said. “Diante Garrett has been playing well in pickup. Guys that I didn't know too much about coming in have really been playing well and surprising me. And I'm excited for those guys.”

SEFOLOSHA CHANGES HIS NUMBER TO 25

Thabo Sefolosha has a message for fans who have purchased his jersey in the past.

“Sorry to the 19 people who had No. 2 (jerseys),” Sefolosha joked, as he sauntered into media day rocking his new No. 25, a jersey number that became open when DeAndre Liggins was released.

The reason for the change? “Because I like it,” Sefolosha said. “It's just a number that I like. No special meaning. It's time for a change.”

QUOTABLE

*Kendrick Perkins, when asked about what the team missed when Westbrook went out in the playoffs: “Russell gives our team swag. He gives our team swag. I feed off of him. I been noticing at all times, if I'm on the court and I have a frown on my face, I know one other person on the court has a frown on his face and that's Russell. In the playoffs, I couldn't find it.”

*Durant when asked about his charitable efforts after the tornado: “I think with the tornado, I wanted to do my job to help. Maybe that was giving money, or maybe that was just giving hope and I think our team does that just by stepping on the court every day and just representing. On the road, we have Oklahoma City across our chests and that means a lot. Kind of like we're the little dogs fighting against the bigger cities and I think we're holding our own no matter who we play against. I think when you're talking about the best organizations in sports, you have to put Oklahoma City in there.”

*Hasheem Thabeet on his work in South Africa with Ibaka and Sefolosha for Basketball Without Borders: “It's great, man. It's great for us to go out and actually give back. When I was growing up, we didn't have camps like that. So for me to get a chance to go over there and, you know, those kids look up to guys like myself, Thabo and Serge. So it's just great. It's always a fun experience. Even though we are teaching the kids as coaches, we are getting something out of it as well. It was a great experience.”


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