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

Free agent Andy Rautins said he wasn't scared to face you in a shoot-out from long range. Have you two gone at it yet?

“No, not really. We haven't had the opportunity to shoot together. We shoot at different times.”

This is your third season here. Who has taken on the leadership role of this team?

“To be honest, a lot of guys are more vocal this year, and that's important. Almost anyone will lead by action, but a lot of guys are more vocal. We've got four or five new guys on the team, this year and we just want to teach them and make sure they know their roles on the team.”

How was the first week of practice?

“It was intense, a lot of energy, a lot of guys were all getting after it. We've seen a lot of progress, a lot of maturity on the floor and that's one of the biggest steps for us right now.”

How's your twisted (right) ankle?

“Feels good. Felt good out there today practicing, so it was no problem.”

Coach Scott Brooks said Monday's practice got pretty physical. Do you like it when it gets a little chippy out there?

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