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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant can relate to being booed

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, Modified: December 5, 2010 at 12:12 am •  Published: December 4, 2010


Now an assistant with the Raptors, Carlesimo gives full credit to Thunder general manager Sam Presti for selecting Russell Westbrook with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 draft.

Presti liked Westbrook all along, but so did Carlesimo.

“Where I was torn was (choosing between) Russell or (Stanford center) Brook Lopez,” Carlesimo said. “With me, it was big versus small. Those guys (Presti and Co.) had Russell wired. They thought he was going to be so special that you couldn't pass that up. I loved Russell, but the decision for me was whether we went big or we went small. If we went small, there was no discussion needed. It was Russell.”


Backup forward D.J. White, who sprained his right ankle in the second quarter of Friday night's 111-99 loss at Toronto and did not return, remains questionable for today's 6 p.m. game against Golden State.

White will be re-evaluated after this morning's shoot-around session at the Thunder practice facility.


“It's always a show. You're never quite sure what's coming next. He's exciting. He's just a specimen right now. He's like a video game — him and Blake Griffin.” — Durant on the explosiveness of Westbrook


Next five for Thunder

Today: vs. Golden State, 6 p.m. (FSO) &mdash Four players average 15-plus points in Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, David Lee and Dorell Wright.

Monday: at Chicago, 7 p.m. (FSO) &mdash Thunder opened season with a victory over Bulls, who are struggling to stay atop the Central Division.

Wednesday: at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (FSO) &mdash Timberwolves fought hard Nov. 22 in loss at OKC and were led by Kevin Love and Darko Milicic.

Friday: at New Orleans, 7 p.m. (FSO) &mdash Eleven days earlier, Thunder put together comeback victory against Chris Paul and David West.

Sunday: vs. Cleveland, 6 p.m. (FSO) &mdash If Thunder is unable to beat Golden State, it will still be looking for first Sunday victory of season.


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