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.”
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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.”
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