When a team is essentially the same as a year ago, like the Thunder, does it alter a coach's game plan during exhibition season? Is it more about experimenting with different combinations?
"It's a combination of everything," Brooks said. "You definitely want to win. I think anytime you step out on the court, if it's an exhibition game or not, you have to step out there and compete and do whatever it takes to win the game."
Brooks said the starters will average between 18-24 minutes during the preseason.
"Our starters are not going to get a lot of minutes, but they're going to get minutes where they're going to get a good feel for the game," Brooks said.
Five days after Daequan Cook and James Harden knocked heads in practice and suffered concussion-like symptoms, Cook remains day-to-day for full contact in practice. Harden was cleared to return before Monday's practice.
According to Thunder officials, there is still no specific timetable as to when naming rights will be determined on the downtown arena.... Monday's three-hour practice session evidently wasn't long enough for point guard Tweety Carter, who immediately went to the stair-climbing machine for a feverish workout.... Practice ended a little early for Ibaka, who emerged from the locker room with ice taped to the top of his right thigh. Ibaka still kept his appointment for the Rolling Thunder Book Bus and a visit to third-graders at Mark Twain Elementary School.