BROOKS ON GRAHAM
Thunder coach Scott Brooks
complimented former Oklahoma State forward Joey Graham
, now in his fourth season with the Raptors, on the way he plays and how he’s continued to develop.
"I think he plays hard,” Brooks said. "Watching him on tape and watching him throughout the year live, he competes every time down the court and I like that in him. It seems like he’s improved his outside jump shot the last couple of years. So he’s improved, and that’s what you want to do. They’re doing a good job with him. Every year he’s gotten better.”
WESTHEAD TAKES OREGON JOB
Former Thunder assistant coach Paul Westhead
has been named the head coach of Oregon women’s basketball team.
Westhead left the Thunder in November when longtime friend and colleague P.J. Carlesimo
was relieved of his head coaching duties.
As expected, Nenad Krstic
rejoined the team in Toronto after getting an excused absence from Wednesday and Thursday’s practices for personal reasons. Krstic started the game at center. ... Several Thunder players are expected to attend tonight’s Elite Eight matchup between Villanova and Pittsburgh.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY