Thunder notebook: New look

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: February 27, 2011

* Locker room name tags already were in place for each of the newcomers. Kendrick Perkins got Morris Peterson's old locker; Nate Robinson got Jeff Green's; and Nazr Mohammed got Nenad Krstic's.

* Customized jerseys for Perkins (No. 5), Robinson (No. 3) and Mohammed (No. 8) are available inside Oklahoma City Arena and also online at thunder.nba.com.

* Jerseys of Green, Krstic, Peterson and D.J. White have been taken off the racks.

* The Thunder edited its pre-game video to include the three newcomers while removing all four departures and adding some updated action shots of other players.

* There has been an uptick in on-line sales of the Rumble doll since forward Serge Ibaka used it as a prop in the All-Star dunk contest.

PERKINS' PRESENCE

The Thunder added Perkins to combat a massive LA lineup underneath the basket, and the Lakers certainly took note.

"He's a champion," Ron Artest said of Perkins, who won the world title with the Celtics in 2008. "Any time you've got a champion, it's a problem. Anytime you've got a champion on your team and you've got future stars and players who want to be champions, that's a potential problem."

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