Knicks forward David Lee sometimes is mentioned as a possible piece to add to Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook. Does Lee, a free agent in the ballyhooed 2010 class, feel he would fit in Oklahoma City? "Any team that has cap space, you have to give thought to,” Lee said. "I got to spend time with all of three of them last summer at the Olympic camp in (Las) Vegas. They’re all good guys. I’ve known Jeff a couple of years. Anytime you have exciting young players, it would be a fun place to play.” Even though Oklahoma City will be $14 million under the salary cap, Lee, who led the NBA in double-doubles last season and is averaging 19.1 points and 10.9 rebounds, realizes Thunder general manager Sam Presti’s long-term plan. "They’re probably saving the Brinks truck for those three guys,” Lee said. "At this point there’s so much still to be seen. I’m just concentrating on helping this team, which can do some good things, then see how everything pans out this summer.”
OLLIE RETURNSKevin Ollie returned after missing six weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery but did not play vs. New York. That’s not a surprise. Eric Maynor was obtained in a trade with Utah just before Christmas to be Russell Westbrook’s backup. "I feel good,” Ollie said. "I probably won’t be 100 percent, but (I) can go out and play my style of basketball. It’s good to be available. I realize coach (Scott Brooks) has to make a decision. You have to be content no matter how it works out. The one thing you can control is your attitude.”
FREE THROW IMPROVEMENTThe Thunder broke out of a two-week-long free throw slump, draining 20-of-24, Monday night. Oklahoma City was leading the league (80.2 percent) in free throw percentage through two months but dropped to third after shooting 65.6 percent its previous six games.
APRIL FOOL’S MEMORYKnicks analyst Walt Frazier and Brooks were involved in a legendary April Fool’s joke in 1997. The story was Frazier, age 52 at the time, was coming out of retirement to sign a 10-day contract. Brooks was the player being cut to make room for Frazier. "I got really angry, saying, ‘That guy can’t even dribble anymore,’” Brooks said. "I did a good acting job. I was mad, saying, ‘I can’t believe they cut me. I put so much work into this!’ ” The joke included fake quotes on the Madison Square scoreboard. Frazier received calls from friends, excited he was playing again, even though the team finally told its audience the four-minute, pre-game segment was an April Fool’s hoax. "They shot film that morning of me running on a treadmill,” Frazier said. "The funny thing is when they filmed me on the court, I didn’t miss a shot. I was surprised (Jeff) Van Gundy went along with it. Everybody fell for it hook, line (and sinker).”
FAST BREAK. . .Russell Westbrook finished with zero turnovers for the fifth time this season. ... The Thunder improved to 13-4 against Eastern Conference teams. ... Rookie center Byron Mullens once again was respectable, playing the final six minutes. ... OKC improved to 16-1 when it scores 100 points. ... Season ticket holders and team officials donated around 650 tickets given to military members and their families. Another 265 tickets were sold to military members at a discounted price. ... An announced crowd of 17,152 was the second lowest all season.