Catching Up With Coach Nate Tibbetts

Tulsa, Okla., August 20, 2010 – Recently, caught up with 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts on his reaction to the 2010-11 Tulsa schedule released last week, as well as how he has been spending his summer.

Tibbetts stressed the importance of fan support this season inside the Tulsa Convention Center and the positive impact it has on his team, a squad that reached the D-League finals last April.

What are your reactions after reviewing the 2010-11 66ers schedule:
“After looking at the schedule, it is not only going to be an exciting year for our guys but for the Tulsa community as well. It is great that so many of our home games are on the weekend. I think that is really a good thing to help drive attendance and get the great community of Tulsa to come out and watch us play. It is fan-friendly to play so many games on the weekend and it is good for our guys as well.”

“The more success we had last year and the more everyone saw how hard we played and how much effort we played with, that got everyone’s respect. The last four or five games of the season were our best attendance numbers. Hopefully, we can build off of that this year.”

What are a couple of events on this year’s schedule that you identify as big dates?

“First of all, we look forward to home-opener in Tulsa on Nov. 26 when we host Iowa. There is always a lot of energy on opening night and guys are excited to get back out and play. Also, I think the two events our guys will point to is the D-League All-Star game and the Show Case. Those are two wonderful opportunities for our guys to be seen and opportunities for them to be called up. We get scouted by NBA scouts almost every night during the season, but during those two events almost every team is there watching.”

How have you spent your time this summer?

“As soon as our season ended I went to Oklahoma City and was able to be around for the playoff series with the Los Angeles Lakers. After that, I went back home for a week. Since then, I have been in Oklahoma City. First I was getting ready for NBA Summer League, which was really good for the Tulsa 66ers organization. I think we had six guys compete that had one time or another played for the 66ers up in Tulsa. It was really good for our team. Since then, I have been manning the gym at the Integris Health Thunder Training Center, seems like there are always a couple guys working out. The summer has been really good and productive.”

How important is the relationship between the Tulsa 66ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder?

“It is huge. The past 12-14 months I feel like Tulsa and Oklahoma City have really become a family. The transition for guys getting called up and assigned has been a lot easier as far as terminology and expectations. And that is not only for our guys, but for the coaches, too. Everything in Tulsa is the same as it is in Oklahoma City. We are all helping these guys get to where they want to be. Sam Presti (Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder) has done a wonderful job of stressing the importance of consistency and family.”

Why should fans come out and support the Tulsa 66ers this season?

“I can tell them that we are going to bring in solid citizens – top notch guys – that play hard each and every night. If people have not come out and seen us play, they are going to witness great basketball. I feel if we can get fans out to just one game, they will keep coming back because of how high-level the competition is.”

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