Thunder's pregame ritual now on the clock

By John Rohde Published: October 16, 2012

Fans seemed shocked to see former Thunder center Byron Mullens launching multiple 3-pointers. He went 4 for 10 beyond the arc and finished with 16 points.

The 7-foot, 275-pound Mullens attempted 51 3-pointers in 65 games last season, but shot just 23.5 percent. So far this preseason, Mullens is 14 for 32 (.438), by far the most 3-pointers attempted and made for the Bobcats.

NANNI RETURNS

Mario Nanni has returned as the Thunder's full-time public address announcer. In last year's playoffs, Nanni replaced Jim Miller, who was removed from duties after being arrested on complaints of lewd/indecent acts with a child.

Nanni spent seven years (1996-2003) as the Houston Rockets' P.A. announcer.

TIP-INS

This was a Tuesday preseason game against the Bobcats (7-59 last season) and the Thunder still drew a sellout crowd of 18,203. … A sellout also is anticipated at the BOK Center in Tulsa for Friday night's preseason game against the Phoenix Suns. Only single tickets remain. … OKC had 34 assists on 48 field goals against Charlotte. … Thunder starters committed the team's first 12 turnovers Tuesday. The first turnover committed by a reserve didn't come until the 6:45 mark of the fourth quarter. … OKC guard Andy Rautins played a preseason-high 23 minutes, had 20 points and shot 7 for 10 from the field. … Seven players did not play for the Thunder — Thabo Sefolosha, Kendrick Perkins, James Harden, Reggie Jackson, Daequan Cook, Hasheem Thabeet and Lazar Hayward.

QUOTABLE

Thunder coach Scott Brooks on the NBA's point of emphasis on flopping calls: “I like the rule. Hopefully we can eliminate it. It's nothing that you should be proud of. You're trying to trick the referees into calling a play that's not actually there. Hopefully they eliminate it and we don't have to talk about it again.”


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