A few New Year's resolutions from the Thunder:
Coach Scott Brooks: “It's the same one I have every Monday — get in better shape. This Monday, I'm going to eat healthy and work out every day. The good thing is (I've) got an in-shape team.”
Forward Nick Collison: “No texting and driving. That's my biggest one. (Basketball-wise) do better with leads late in games. That would probably be the biggest one for us — to build leads or keep leads.”
Guard Daequan Cook: “To grow as a player, as a person. Mature each and every day. Be wiser, a better father, a better man than last year. You know, the basics.”
Center Cole Aldrich: “My thing is I don't ever do resolutions because what's the point of doing something at the beginning of the year when you can do it any other time? I could start doing whatever any other time of the year.”
Forward Kevin Durant: “I never really was on that. Maturing by the day, I guess. I've never really picked a resolution.”
Guard Russell Westbrook: Six hours before midnight, Westbrook admitted he did not have a resolution. “I've still got time,” Westbrook said, unconcerned.
Center Nazr Mohammed: “My whole thing is trying to be better than you were the year before. That's kind of broad, so I'm not sure that's a New Year's resolution.”
Guard Eric Maynor: “Just try to become a better person every day. That's it. Try to become a better player also.”
Guard Royal Ivey: “Just to see another year …”
Center Kendrick Perkins: Ivey was in the middle of his response when Perkins walked by and bellowed, “I've got a New Year's resolution. You want to know what it is?”
“ 'No.' My New Year's Resolution is the word, 'No.' “
Thunder players broke out in laughter. As he spoke, Perkins was busy trying to come up with enough extra tickets for Saturday night's home game against Phoenix. Perk then continued with his rant.
“Perk, do you have some extra tickets? NO.”
“Perk, can I have? NO.”
Laughter rolled throughout the Thunder locker room.