Darko's Mail Bag - March 26

March 26, 2014

Every other week, Tulsa 66ers Head Coach Darko Rajakovic answers questions submitted by you – the fans. For a chance to have your question answered by Tulsa’s head coach, email your question, name and home city to AskCoachDarko@tulsa66ers.com .

Here are three fan-submitted questions with Coach Darko’s answers in this week’s mailbag:

What have you seen in Dominic McGuire during his first few weeks with the 66ers? – Brett in Broken Arrow
“With Dominic, we acquired someone who can really push the floor at the four position. He’s done a good job rebounding the ball on the defensive end and being our pace guy in the fast break, which helps the whole team and facilitates our transition. He has a lot of experience and knows how to play smart. We want to help him continue to develop.”

What does it mean to you and your staff to see 66ers players like Reggie Williams and Mustafa Shakur receive 10-day contracts with the Thunder? – Joe in Bartlesville
“I think that those call-ups show how strong the connection is between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. It definitely helps the players here in Tulsa to learn the Thunder’s system. It also helps our coaches in Oklahoma City because when we do have players called up it minimizes their transitional period. They can make an impact on practices and games right away because they will already know the system, play calls and offensive and defensive structure. It shows our players that with hard work and trusting in the system we can help them reach their goals.”

Through various circumstances with injuries this season, players with past 66ers experience like Reggie Jackson, Perry Jones and Andre Roberson have all received opportunities to start for Oklahoma City. How did their time with the 66ers help prepare them to “step up” in those situations? – Elliot in Oklahoma City
“For those players, having a chance early on in their NBA career to see a lot of time on the floor in the same system as OKC is a big help for their confidence and improving their game. Whenever we have players here that are on assignment from Oklahoma City we are trying to continue their individual player development. We are in daily contact with the coaches in Oklahoma City and are following everything that those coaches are working on with these players. We look to continue to present those same things here in Tulsa. I think the opportunities those players have had with the 66ers have helped them as their roles expand in Oklahoma City.”