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Oklahoma City Thunder: Q&A with rookie forward Mitch McGary

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 16, 2014

Thunder rookie forward Mitch McGary made his first appearance at a team-sponsored community event Wednesday afternoon, helping campers through a basketball clinic at an area high school.

Afterward, McGary looked back on his summer league debut and talked about his first community event and adjusting to life in Oklahoma City.

Q: Give us your impressions of summer league. It was the first time you had played in a while.

A: “It felt great to be back on the court. But I just was dipping my toes in the water, just trying to get adjusted to the style of play.”

Was there any apprehension because you hadn’t played in a while with the back?

“Nah, I feel great. I was just anxious to get out there, really eager. And I thought I performed pretty decent considering I didn’t play for eight months. We didn’t win as many games as I wanted to, but I thought it was a good showing for us overall.”

What did you think of the level of competition from college to summer league with so much NBA talent there?

“I think I transitioned to that a little easier than I thought or expected. The intensity level’s definitely picked up a little bit. The skill level of those guys are way up there, way above college level, so it’s a little different adjusting. But I had a good time with it.”

What have the coaches told you that they’d like to see you work on after summer league?

“Really just getting in shape. My back was the main thing to get right, and I feel great. Back to 100 percent. I’m just trying to get my body right, because it’s not where I want it to be. I’m just doing a little intangibles, finishing around the rim, out to 15 feet. Just really trying to be a great team player and a great teammate.”

What was it like to be a part of your first community event in Oklahoma City?

“It’s great, man. I’m just getting adjusted to this city. It’s amazing support, and the fan base here is amazing. Just to come out and give back for the first time is incredible. I’ve only been here a couple of weeks. But for me to be able to do this, just take some time out and come spend some time with the kids is pretty awesome. It’s great.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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