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Thunder notebook: Desmond Mason returns to OKC as a King; Tre Kelley waived

BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: October 22, 2009
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Desmond returns as a King
Former Thunder fan favorite Desmond Mason, who played at Oklahoma State and the Hornets while they were in Oklahoma City, signed with Sacramento. Mason returns to the Ford Center tonight and for next week’s season opener.

"You build relationships,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "Desmond is a terrific guy. We love what he did for us. But it’s part of the league, things you can’t control. You move on.”

TONGUE LASHING
At the end of Wednesday’s practice, Brooks put players through a spacing, ball-movement drill. After players went through the drill half speed, Brooks went into a tirade with several expletives. He stressed players must go all out in every drill all season.

"When it’s called for, and we’re slipping, he’s a passionate guy,” Nick Collison said. "He knows we’re at a point where we can’t develop bad habits and become lackadaisical.”

KELLEY WAIVED
The Thunder waived Tre Kelley.