Aldrich acknowledged the excitement of returning to work as one of the league's top teams on the heels of last year's Western Conference Finals loss against the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks.
“I think it's great,” Aldrich said. “I've talked to Kevin (Durant) and all the guys on the team and we are excited. We are all excited to get back together on the court. This is what we love doing and this is our job. It's always fun to get with the team and to work again.”
WHERE YOU AT?
According to messages on their Twitter accounts, here are the latest posts from Thunder players who had yet to arrive in Oklahoma City as of early Thursday evening:
Kevin Durant: Still mad he lost to LeBron James' team in flag football.
Russell Westbrook: Watched Cal State-Northridge sophomore point guard Aqeel Quinn play against Cal State-Bakersfield on Wednesday night.
Serge Ibaka: In Milan, Italy.
Thabo Sefolosha: Played final game in Turkey and thanked the fans.
James Harden: Worked out at Cycle House in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
Nick Collison: Getting a haircut. Whereabouts unknown.
Nazr Mohammed: Worked out at Legacy Fit in Miami.
Eric Maynor: “In a great mood” after a workout. Plans to return to Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
Daequan Cook: Revealed he has not shaved in at least one month. #NoShaveNovember.
Byron Mullens: Did a “killer pool workout” at theDobo of Columbus in Ohio.
Nate Robinson: Played in pickup game with Atlanta Hawks guard and fellow Seattle native Jamal Crawford.
Reggie Jackson: Packed his bags for OKC.
Royal Ivey: Last tweet was seven days ago, when he was celebrating Texas football victory over Texas A&M.
No active Twitter account was found for Kendrick Perkins.
CHRISTMAS GIFT UNWRAPPED?
An NBA official said “there is a chance” the league's entire Christmas Day schedule would be released Friday.
Three original matchups already have been confirmed for Dec. 25, which will serve as opening day for the 66-game schedule – Celtics at the Knicks; Heat at the Mavericks; Bulls at the Lakers.
Reports continue to circulate claiming the Thunder will either play the Memphis Grizzlies at 7 p.m. on ESPN (site unknown), or play the Orlando Magic at Chesapeake Energy Arena, also at 7 p.m.
The fifth Christmas Day game reportedly will be the Los Angeles Clippers at the Golden State Warriors.
The entire 2011-12 schedule is not expected to be released until early next week.