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P.J. Carlesimo has praise for Scott Brooks, Thunder staff

by Mel Bracht Modified: May 1, 2009 at 10:18 am •  Published: May 1, 2009
I thought the team continued to get better and better as the year went on, which is something that you always hope for. It happened last year, too, in Seattle. ... The difference in Kevin Durant, and the individual improvement in some of the players is so dramatic. It’s primarily Kevin and how hard he worked, but it’s also Brian Keefe, the assistant who spent a lot of time working with him, and Scotty came along. I think Jeff Green has continued to improve. Russell Westbrook had an excellent rookie year. Some of the moves the team made have been really good. Most of the moves last year were salary cap moves, or moves to position themselves for the draft or free agency. Getting (Nenad) Krstic and (Thabo) Sefolosha are moves that will help the team on the floor right now and in the future.

Should the Thunder put together a trade package to deal for Blake Griffin?

I will avoid the question a little bit. That’s something the front office people will have to figure out. I had Blake and OU the second week of the NCAA in Memphis. He’s an unbelievably impressive player, not just the way he played, but the interviews and how he handled himself. I really liked him. I think he’s going to be a real special player in the league. You would just think that could be such a great, natural thing. It would be nice to see the same way that he stayed home, after growing up in Oklahoma City, to go to OU, and to think he could bounce to the Thunder would be an amazing story. But I think there’s going to be a lot of people looking at Blake, saying, "We’d like to have him.”

An earlier version incorrectly stated P.J. Carlesimo's age as 49. He is 59.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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