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Oklahoman Published: November 19, 2008

Big man dilemma

Chris Wilcox (sprained knee) practiced on Tuesday and will return tonight after missing the last five games. It presents a problem for coach P.J. Carlesimo, who has five "bigs” at center and power forward (Nick Collison, Joe Smith, Robert Swift, Johan Petro and Wilcox).

"I don’t know what we’ll do,” Carlesimo said. "We probably have to take someone out (of the rotation) or play a bunch in the first half then settle on something. Five is too many to play. Four is really too many. ... We don’t like to play Joe big minutes but he’ll get 20 minutes. We need to look at Weezy for sure. He looked good today.”

Community projects

The Thunder has scheduled several holiday assist programs that will reach thousands of Oklahoma families the next month. The first event is Thursday, sponsored by Homeland Stores. Several players will help serve 300 turkey dinners at Presbyterian Urban Mission.

On Friday, team staff members will collect canned goods outside the Ford Center before the Hornets game to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Fans who donate will receive a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming Thunder game, courtesy of Cox Oklahoma.

Next week, Thunder players and coaches will provide Thanksgiving dinner at Tinker Air Force Base to approximately 250 families who have a parent deployed in the Middle East. The Thunder Girls also will appear at Penn Square Mall on Monday to kick off the Salvation Army "Angel Tree” project.


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