Thunder notebook: News of NBA's referee deal pleases the Thunder

By MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: October 25, 2009
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/> "I’m happy to be here and help in any way I can,” said Bowen, who received the news after Thursday’s game against Sacramento. "I don’t know what to expect as far as opportunities go other than practice. But to come in every day and work hard and be a good team guy and locker room guy, that’s something I’ve done my whole career. So I’m just trying to bring that work ethic to the team.”

Ollie leading by example
Kevin Ollie spent more than 20 minutes in isolation after Saturday’s practice. Hunched over, he stared at a wall at the far end of the team’s training facility and put himself through dribbling drills with two basketballs in an attempt to improve his ball-handling.

With no one else on the court, the scene illustrated what the Thunder likes about the 12-year veteran.

"That’s why we have him here,” Brooks said. "He’s a great example for all of our players to watch.

"To see him doing that (12) years into the league at age 36, is he really improving his ball-handling? I don’t know. But in his mind he wants to get better. And the day that you stop trying to get better you’re going to be out of the league. He’s a high-character man that’s committed to getting better at every opportunity.”

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY


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