Thunder Notebook: D.J. White practices for first time

Oklahoman Modified: March 26, 2009 at 12:37 am •  Published: March 26, 2009
Rookie forward D.J. White practiced with the Thunder for the first time this season Wednesday, but he could be re-assigned to the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League following today’s session as the team travels to Toronto to begin a three-game road trip.

It’s unclear when White, the 29th overall pick, will make his debut with the Thunder. Team officials want White to get as much playing time as possible at this point, something that will be in short supply with the Thunder but is ample with the 66ers, who play two games while Oklahoma City is on the road.

White, however, said he thought he fared well in his first practice, showing aggressiveness rebounding the ball in scrimmages but missing a few shots that he normally makes.

"My wind was OK getting up and down the court,” White said. "So overall, I think I did a pretty decent job...I feel I’m ready. I’m just anxious to get out there. When it’s my time I’ll be ready to go. But I think I’m ready.”

White said his biggest adjustment likely will be the speed of the NBA game and finding a rhythm with his teammates.

"They’ve been playing together all year,” White said. "And whenever I get in, it’ll be my first time other than practice playing with them. So just jelling with them will be a big key.”

By Darnell Mayberry