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Thunder has marathon opening practice

John Rohde Published: October 2, 2012


Brooks said Kendrick Perkins (left wrist) “probably did half the practice, but all of the non-contact (drills),” and guard Thabo Sefolosha (thigh bruise) “probably did half of the practice, with contact.”

Reserve guard Eric Maynor (right knee surgery) is wearing a knee brace, but participated in the entire practice at full speed.

“We wouldn't put him out there if he wasn't ready to go,” Brooks said. “He's put a lot of time in, getting his body right to open up camp on the first day. I give him a lot of credit and our staff a lot of credit that he played well coming back from the knee injury.

“A couple of parts of practice it was just like the old Eric was going out there, competing and really facilitating the team. He was good.”


Rumors of Russell Westbrook switching shoe brands this offseason appear to be false. Many reports claimed last month the Thunder's two-time All-Star had left Nike and signed with adidas.

Adidas Philippines uploaded a picture via Instagram of Westbrook wearing their brand, which was accompanied with the caption “Boom!” and the hashtag #russellwestbrook. Adidas USA never confirmed the validity of the picture, and the Instagram link has since been deleted.

Westbrook wore the Nike Air Jordan I model at Thunder media day Monday. No way would Westbrook wear Nike on the biggest photo op day of the season had he already signed a new deal with adidas. Nike officials have yet to confirm Westbrook as a client, however.

Westbrook became a sneaker free agent this summer after spending his first four seasons as a prominent figure in Nike's Hyperfuse line. Westbrook wore adidas during his two seasons at UCLA.


Perkins on re-signing James Harden: “Obviously, everybody would love to just say, ‘Oh, yeah, we've got our team. James signed,' but it's not that easy. In a perfect world, it would be, but they still have business that they have to take care of. At the end of the day, we still love James and we're going to embrace him and he's still part of our team.”