Thunder center ‘Krispy’ already fits in

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: January 6, 2009 at 2:06 am •  Published: January 6, 2009
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photo - Nenad Krstic, left, played for the New Jersey Nets last season, but was most recently on the court with the Russian League team Triumph from Lyubertsy. Krstic could see his first action with the Thunder tonight against the New York Knicks. AP photo
Nenad Krstic, left, played for the New Jersey Nets last season, but was most recently on the court with the Russian League team Triumph from Lyubertsy. Krstic could see his first action with the Thunder tonight against the New York Knicks. AP photo

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Brooks has praised Krstic’s basketball IQ in recent days, saying he has picked up the team’s offensive sets quickly and said his conditioning is better than he expected.

"He’s coming along,” Brooks said. "You can tell the kid knows how to play. He understands positions, he understands sets. He’s been in the NBA, so it’s not like he’s coming over for the first time and learning how to play the NBA way. He’s going to help us a lot.”

Krstic’s work ethic has also stood out. He developed a reputation as a hard worker in New Jersey, when he breezed through the Nets’ training camp two-a-days as a rookie. Krstic first showed the Thunder how hard he works last Tuesday, when he stayed at the team’s practice facility after his introductory press conference and worked out with coaches and the team’s support staff.

"It’s either he’s a hard worker or he’s fooling all of us,” Brooks said. "But we like to think he’s a hard worker and this is who he is.

"Most guys come into a new situation and put their best foot forward. But he appears, just from talking to him, like this is what he does.”


New York Knicks at Thunder
Time: 7 tonight

Arena: Ford Center.

Television: FOX Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37)

Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM.

Probable starters

Thunder (4-30)
Pos. Player Ht. Pts. Reb. Ast
G Russell Westbrook 6-3 13.7 4.1 4.5
G Desmond Mason 6-5 7.6 4.0 1.1
F Kevin Durant 6-9 23.8 5.8 2.3
F Jeff Green 6-9 16.2 6.1 2.1
C Robert Swift 6-10 3.4 4.6 0.5
Knicks (13-19)
Pos. Player Ht. Pts. Reb. Ast
G Chris Duhon 6-1 11.8 4.0 8.3
G Quentin Richardson 6-6 11.7 5.3 1.7
F Wilson Chandler 6-8 14.7 5.8 1.9
F Jared Jeffries 6-11 5.6 4.5 1.3
C David Lee 6-9 14.8 11.0 1.9

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