Oklahoma City Thunder: Q&A with Perry Jones

PERRY JONES Q&A — The Oklahoma City Thunder rookie forward from Baylor talks about a place where “everybody takes everybody under their wing,” his expectations this season and birthday wishes from RG3.
By JOHN ROHDE Published: October 4, 2012


photo - Perry Jones during Thunder Media Day photos on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Perry Jones during Thunder Media Day photos on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

“I wouldn't say easier. You work just as hard. Guys are young, but the guys work really hard. Every single one of my teammates plays hard every time. It's something you have to adapt to, especially if you want to be a part of this team. You've got to lay it on the line.”

The Thunder needs someone who can guard power forwards on the perimeter. If you do that well, might you see getting some minutes right away?

“I hope so. I don't know. I just want to help any way I can. Even if I don't get any minutes this year, that'll be just fine.”

What position do you play? Are you a 3 or a 4?

“I'm a forward.”

Are you at all in awe of who your teammates are?

“I'm still in awe. This is pretty cool to see how much of a family they are and I'm actually part of the family.”

Have you stayed in touch with RG3 (Heisman winner Robert Griffin III from Baylor)?

“He tweeted me the other day (Sept. 24). He told me “Happy Birthday.” I told my cousin and he laughed at me. It's pretty good to know that other people out there who are also professional athletes, that we all still talk and everything.”