IMPROVEMENT THE FOCUS DURING 66ERS TRAIINING CAMP

The Tulsa 66ers are in the thick of training camp, gearing up for their season opener on the road next Friday, Nov. 25, against Idaho.

This past Thursday and Friday, the squad traveled to the Dallas area to scrimmage four other NBA D-League teams—Austin, Dakota, Rio Grande Valley and Texas.

Tulsa head coach Nate Tibbetts said he was pleased with the trip.

“I think it was very successful for several reasons,” Tibbetts said. “Number one, I think it was a really good opportunity for our guys to go against someone else. After playing against each other all week, you start to know each other’s plays and it gets tough because you know what’s coming. But as always, it was about us going down there with the intention of improving and learning.”

Tibbetts noted that the team was also able to do some homework for the upcoming season while in Texas.

“We were able to have some good officiating and they were able to also speak to our guys about some of the points of emphasis this season,” the third year head coach said.

Overall, Tibbetts is pleased with the progress that his team has made during training camp.

“I really like what we have done and where we are headed,” he said. “I think our guys have worked extremely hard to learn and execute our system. There are little things that we can clean up. Our whole staff has really enjoyed how coachable this group has been thus far. If we continue to do that, we will get better every day—which is the main goal.”

Although the 66ers open the season less than a week away, the coaching staff is focusing solely on improving as a team.

“Saturday is the first day that we have mentioned anything about a game,” Tibbetts said. “We are playing Idaho, but the focus here is always on us. We aren’t going to have much film or know exactly what they do. It is all about how we play and the focus has got to be on our improvement as a team.”

He is looking forward to the coming days of practice, with plenty of time to get better.

“Guys always love to play games, but we have to have another great week of practice, and I think that we will,” Tibbetts said.