Thunder notebook: Free-throw shooting a strength

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: November 10, 2010 at 11:44 pm •  Published: November 10, 2010
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> Duke and Kentucky are tied for the second-most players with 13 each. Kansas (two with the Thunder) and North Carolina have 12. UConn has 11. Arizona and Texas (two with the Thunder) have 10.

COLLINS ON BROOKS

Philly coach Doug Collins played for the 76ers from 1973-81. He injured both feet in a charity game before he played a minute in the NBA and wound up retiring at age 29.

The Sixers were Brooks’ favorite team as a youngster and he got to play for the franchise his first two seasons (1988-90).

How would Brooks have fared against Collins, a 1972 Olympic team member and the No. 1 pick in the 1973 draft out of Illinois State?

“He was so much better than me,” Brooks said, shaking his head. “He would have been better with his bad feet after he had his injuries.”

Collins said he recalls watching Brooks play. “I remember him as a competitor, and being very smart, and hitting open shots, and being a good team player,” Collins said. “Anybody I ever talked to always talked about what a great teammate he (Brooks) was. Charles Barkley loves Scott Brooks, and I love Scott. He’s been around a lot of really, really good coaches and does a great job.”

NOTEWORTHY

Former Oklahoma State, Thunder and Hornets player Desmond Mason had courtside seats on the baseline near the Thunder bench. … Former Missouri coach Quin Snyder is a Sixers assistant. … The Thunder has sold out all four home games this season (18,203). ... Durant came in averaging 4.7 turnovers per game, third-worst in the league, but had only one turnover Wednesday.

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