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Thunder's Kevin Durant says Bulls' Derrick Rose will be 'stronger and better'

by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 23, 2012
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photo - Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) reacts after an injury during the fourth quarter of  Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers in Chicago, Saturday, April 28, 2012. The Bulls won 103-91. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: CXA107
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) reacts after an injury during the fourth quarter of  Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers in Chicago, Saturday, April 28, 2012. The Bulls won 103-91. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: CXA107

MOHAMMED MAKING AN IMPACT

After a two-year stint with the Thunder, center Nazr Mohammed joined Chicago to replace Omer Asik as the Bulls' backup center.

So far, Mohammed has impressed, and after averaging 8.4 points and 6.8 rebounds through five preseason games, both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times dedicated articles on Tuesday to the former Thunder center. The Tribune's headline read “Lots in reserve.”

“He was a big part of our success,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “That guy is a true professional. He works every day. I've been around players that work when the light is on. But he's always working and always putting in extra time. … He's somebody that you want your young players to be around. And he can still play. He had some good games for us.”

THANKS BUT NO THANKS

Chicago was named by 40 percent of NBA general managers to be the league's best defensive team, according to NBA.com's annual poll of the top executives from every team.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, though, couldn't care less.

“Meaningless,” he said when asked about earning top billing.

TIP-INS

Durant and Russell Westbrook got the night off Tuesday. Brooks said both will play Wednesday against Dallas in Wichita, Kan. … James Harden started at shooting guard, and Thabo Sefolosha started at small forward in place of Durant. Maynor replaced Westbrook. … Hasheem Thabeet played the primary minutes as the backup center against the Bulls and scored six points with 10 rebounds. … Cole Aldrich, Nick Collison, Daequan Cook, Daniel Orton and Hollis Thompson did not play against the Bulls.

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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