Recently signed guard Shaun Livingston participated in his first practice Thursday, and one of the things that stood out was the talent level of the team’s young nucleus. "This is definitely a young group of guys and I really like them,” Livingston said. "They’re energetic. Guys are talented, some of the most talented guys in the league along with Portland’s group as far as young, talented athletes. So I’m excited to work with them and just be a part of it.”
Carlesimo joins TNT crewFormer Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo has joined TNT as an in-game analyst. Carlesimo, who was fired on Nov. 22 after starting the season 1-12, worked Thursday night’s Denver-Utah game alongside play-by-play man Kevin Harlan and sideline reporter Marty Snider. Carlesimo, who served as a radio analyst during the NCAA Tournament for Westwood One, also will be an analyst during TNT’s 40 games in 40 nights coverage for the NBA playoffs. "He’s a basketball guy. He loves the game,” coach Scott Brooks said. "He’s very knowledgeable. He’s been around the league. I think it’s a great pickup for TNT. He’s a basketball junkie...He can give that good insight.”
Tisdale to be honored TuesdayFormer Oklahoma star Wayman Tisdale will be honored with the Thunder Community Hero Award at Tuesday’s game against San Antonio. Tisdale will be recognized during an on-court presentation for his contributions to basketball in Oklahoma and for his courage and spirit battling cancer and assisting others who have faced the same challenges. Tisdale was diagnosed with cancer in his knee in 2007. His right leg was amputated from the knee down in 2008 and he now wears a prosthetic leg. It was announced on Tuesday that Tisdale has been selected for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Go to Page 1C for more on Tisdale.
Win over Spurs set the bar for the ThunderBrooks was hesitant to describe Tuesday’s 96-95 victory at San Antonio as the best win of the season but listed it among the top five. "It’s definitely up there. It was a great effort,” Brooks said. "A lot of the guys chipped in to make that happen. Our defense was pretty consistent throughout the game...That game was a game that we can really look back on and say, ‘That’s how you play. That’s how you compete.’”
BrieflyKevin Durant was still showing signs of discomfort on his right side at Thursday’s practice after bruising his hip Tuesday at San Antonio. ... Nine NBA teams’ mascots will be at the Ford Center tonight to help welcome Rumble the Bison to the NBA. ... Air Rumble, the Thunder’s inflatable mascot, will make its debut tonight. ... Nick Collison became the sixth Thunder player to sport Durant’s signature KD 1 shoe this season, wearing a white pair at Thursday’s practice. By Darnell Mayberry