The bison mascot won’t be the only new Thunder item at Tuesday’s home game against New Orleans. A new court has arrived and will make its debut Tuesday night. The only difference noticeable to fans is the word "Thunder” has been added to "Oklahoma City” on both ends of the court. The new court will be approximately 3 feet longer on both ends to better fit the Ford Center. Connor Sport Court International built both courts. The original court had a defect — the 3-point line was 1 foot short of the NBA’s 23-feet, 9-inch standards. The error was corrected in time for the Oct. 29 season opener, but Connor officials promised a new court at no additional charge. Jon Isaacs, a vice president for Connor, said the old court would be donated to a needy school.
Tracking Thunder turnoversOne area of the Thunder’s performance that coach Scott Brooks has been pleased with is turnovers. Oklahoma City turned the ball over 14 times against the L.A. Lakers on Tuesday and just 12 times a night later against Portland. "When we make the simple play it makes the game so much easier on all of our guys,” Brooks said. "When you have a crowd around you, you just make the simple pass and trust that he’s going to make the next good play.”
Brooks on DurantKevin Durant entered the All-Star break by scoring at least 30 points in five of the Thunder’s last six games and six of the last 10. "Kevin’s developing into a great offensive player,” said Brooks. "What I like about him is he’s making plays for others also. He’s just not coming down (the court) looking for himself. He’s becoming one of our better perimeter passers and he has to continue to do that.”
Watch party for Rookie ChallengeThe Thunder will host a watch party for the Rookie Challenge tonight at Coach’s on Broadway Extension in Edmond. Durant and Jeff Green will be on the sophomore team. Russell Westbrook will play for the nine-man rookie squad. Prizes for upcoming home games, VIP treatment for season ticket members and Bud Light drink specials will be offered. The Cox drummers and Thunder girls will be in attendance.
Thunder book busFirst Lady Kim Henry was present when the "Rolling Thunder” book bus made its debut Thursday at the State Capitol. The renovated school bus is decorated with Thunder colors and has more than 2,000 books that will be complimentary for children during bus visits. The bus is part of the team’s Read-to-Achieve initiative. By Mike Baldwin and Darnell Mayberry
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