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Thunder notebook: OKC front office could be pilfered again

This is the time of year for front-office shake-ups, which means the Thunder staff could be pilfered once again.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 26, 2012

“Yeah, we did a little something,” Durant said. “I told you, man, that's a hobby of mine. He actually hit me about it and wanted me to get on it. It's cool. It's a nice little track.”

A native of nearby Port Arthur, Texas, Jackson invited Durant, Perkins and other NBA players to his mother's home for a night of food, drinks and fun during Perkins' weeklong camp.

“She cooked for us some,” Durant said of Jackson's mother. “Coming from Texas, man, you got that southern hospitality. Anybody's welcome in anybody's house down there. So going down there for Perk's camp, they treated us well, and Jack was one of the main guys.”


Starting forward Serge Ibaka returned to practice on Saturday after missing Friday's practice with flu-like symptoms.

Coach Scott Brooks said all players are healthy, with Perkins (sore right hip muscle) still hovering around 80 percent. As Perkins said in Los Angeles, “I'm fine, but I'm not fine.”


Thunder reserve center Nazr Mohammed, who played for the Spurs in 2005-06, said he sees similarities between the two franchises.

“It's amazing how these young guys around here (OKC) understand the hard work, the family atmosphere,” said Mohammed, who is in his 14th season. “I mean, I've been on some teams with a bunch of young guys and family atmosphere is the furthest thing from guys' minds. Guys are thinking about, ‘When am I going to get my opportunity to get out there and show the world what I can do and get my second contract?' Here, it's nothing like that. Guys just want to work, win, get better and they know and understand like veterans that the rest will take care of itself.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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