Thunder's James Harden still with second team

by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 5, 2012
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photo - James Harden laughs at a press conference during media day for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team at the Thunder Events Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
James Harden laughs at a press conference during media day for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team at the Thunder Events Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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.

TIP-INS

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.


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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