Said Harden when asked about the intensity: “We love it. That's how we get better. We talk smack to each other. We grab, hold, fight. That's what makes us great; young guys that want to compete and get better every single day.”
NOTHING NEW YET
Brooks and his staff have yet to add new sets and schemes offensively or defensively.
“We're just going over some of the staples that we've had offensively and defensively,” Brooks said. “We haven't put in too many new things. Some new drills, but eventually when we get everything down the way we want it we will add things to our team.”
Following the team's Finals loss, Brooks expressed a desire to develop a zone package this season. The Thunder historically has relied solely on man-to-man defense.
Sefolosha (hamstring) went through a portion of practice Friday. Perkins (wrist) will be limited to non-contact drills through the end of the month. … The Thunder will have a light practice Saturday and have Sunday off before resuming practice Monday … A writer from The New York Times Magazine has been in town this week working on an in-depth feature on the Thunder. The piece is scheduled to publish at the start of the regular season. … Nancy Lieberman will join the Fox Sports studio crew as an analyst this season. Lieberman, who was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996, replaces Stephen Howard.