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Thunder notebook: Phil Jackson said Jeff Green trade was right thing to do

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: April 10, 2011
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Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson became the latest coach on the Thunder's NBA tour to be asked about how the addition of Kendrick Perkins has impacted the roster.


After a generic response about Perkins to start, Jackson suddenly shifted his focus to a different Thunder player.

“He sets big picks, and he's a big body,” Jackson said “But the real effect of that trade is it's freed (Serge) Ibaka to be a starter. Now that Green's gone, they have Ibaka as a starter, and that gives him the freedom as a starter to play a little bit more and he's developing as a player.

“He's a terrific player, potentially. He's not yet, but he's got great potential to be a player, and they probably made the move because they saw it would be the right thing to do in that regard.”

THUNDER SAYING SAYONARA TO SACRAMENTO?

It's possible that the Thunder could be the second-to-last team to ever play at Sacramento when the two teams meet tonight. The Kings are facing a potential relocation to Anaheim next season. Sacramento will host the Lakers in its season finale Wednesday before waiting to see what the future holds.

“It's going to be tough on a lot of people,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks, who served as an assistant on the Kings staff before joining the Thunder franchise. “It's going to be tough for selfish reasons because I had a chance to see my mom and family twice a year when we played Sacramento. But it's part of the business. We've been through it. Players, coaches, staff, it's out of our control. The NBA has been an incredible league, and there's nothing we can do about it. Sacramento was great. But we don't know what's going to happen.”

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