ON THE LAMB
Lamb on his strengths and weaknesses: “I'm a great shooter. I can create my own shot and create for others. I'm a good rebounder, play defense. Defense is something I need to work on. That's on close-outs and stuff like that. I need to get stronger.”
Lamb on Durant: “You want to learn from the best, and he's definitely one of the top players in the league. You want to learn from those guys, watch those guys. He's real consistent. He goes full speed. He was here before practice and after practice. That's the stuff you need from your leaders. If he can do it, one of the best players in the world, he doesn't have to do that. Me? That's something I definitely should do.”
Lamb's first impression of the Thunder: “Great training facility. Everything is just put in order. They're professionals out here. The team, they welcomed me. KD texted me immediately. (Kendrick) Perkins texted me immediately.”
Lamb on being traded: “It takes you for a loop when you first hear it, but it's for the best. I'm going to have fun.”
SIDING WITH OKC
Lamb recalled watching the Thunder's playoff run last season.
“Going into the Finals, I thought they were going to win it,” Lamb said. “They're consistent every game. They've got great clutch players, and they got all the perfect pieces. I was thinking they were definitely going to be able to beat the Heat. They weren't able to pull it out, but they stuck together. They always played till the end. You can never count them out of a game. Those are great traits for a team.”
Martin will replace Harden as sixth man, which will be a new role for Martin, who became a starter in the 21st game of his second season with the Sacramento Kings in 2005-06. Since then, Martin has made 387 starts in 410 appearances. His career record as a starter is 171-216 (. 442). … Former Thunder reserve guard Kevin Ollie coached Lamb as an assistant at Connecticut the previous two seasons before replacing Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun as the Huskies' coach this year. Lamb said he has yet to contact Ollie to get his insight on the Thunder. … Tulsa assistant Brett Ballard attended Monday's practice.
Lamb, who now will endure a second round of rookie hazing after being traded from Houston to OKC: “I'm about to be at the beginning of being a rookie all over again. It hasn't started yet, but Russ has told me to get him a smoothie. I know he's going to be doing stuff all year, but it's all right.”
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