Oklahoma City Thunder Q&A: Daequan Cook said first week of practice was intense, full of energy

Cook said twisted ankle feels good, has not caused any problems during camp
By John Rohde Published: October 8, 2012
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photo - NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's' Daequan Cook (14) goes past Dallas' Jason Kidd (2) during a preseason NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's' Daequan Cook (14) goes past Dallas' Jason Kidd (2) during a preseason NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“Oh, yeah. No question. That's what's going to help us out, being an aggressive team, especially on the offensive end. So we feel like it's important for us to be just as aggressive on the defensive end. We did a great job of playing half-court defense today.”

It seems like you guys have done a good job of putting last year behind you.

“We know we played very well last year, but there's a lot more we can do. We just don't dwell on it. The most important thing for us right now is to continue to get better as a team.”

When you started in place of injured Thabo Sefolosha for 22 games last year, what did you prove about yourself that people maybe didn't know?

“That I can play my role, what I'm always capable of doing every time I go out there. Doing whatever is needed for me to be out there and help the team. Rebounding was probably one of the biggest things.”



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