Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins expected to join practice

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: March 9, 2011 at 11:39 pm •  Published: March 9, 2011
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Brooks said he still has the uniform. “I haven't framed it yet,” Brooks said, “but it's somewhere around the house.”

GOOD TO BE MO

Philly media remarked how good Cheeks looks at age 54.

“He's in great shape,” Brooks said. “I don't understand why he's in such good shape because he eats every (piece of) candy, every cookie, potato chips, and he's still 185 pounds, his playing weight. It's good to be Maurice.”

PHILLY FAVORITE

The Sixers were Brooks' favorite team growing up, and he wanted to be the next Julius Erving.

Asked how long that dream lasted, Brooks said, “Until I was 4-foot-11 as a freshman in high school. Everybody wanted to be Dr. J. He was everybody's hero, a class act. That was my favorite team. Not a lot of Californians were cheering for the 76ers back then.”

BRIEFLY

The Thunder is now 4-1 in March, 12-5 on Wednesdays and 17-6 against Eastern Conference teams. … In addition to Brooks and Cheeks being former Sixers players, so are Nazr Mohammed and Royal Ivey. … The Sixers lead the league in bench scoring and got 34 from the reserves on Wednesday — 22 alone from guard Lou Williams. … Kevin Durant's 16 rebounds were two shy of a career high set earlier this year at Minnesota.