Catching Up With Daequan Cook

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Newly acquired guard Daequan Cook is in town to workout with -- and root for -- his new teammates.

In a quick interview before the Thunder faced the 76ers on Wednesday, Cook, whom the Thunder acquired from the Miami Heat in a draft-day trade, said he's adjusting well to his new surroundings. The Ohio State product, about to enter his third NBA season, has averaged 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 35.8 percent shooting from behind the arc in his career. He won the 2009 Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend in Phoenix.

So, what brings you to Orlando?

“I’ve just been working out with KD (Kevin Durant) in the mornings. I just came over from Miami last night to work out today, tomorrow and Friday with KD.”

What’s your impressions of some of your new teammates?

“They’re real great guys. They’re around my age group, which makes it even better. We all know each other from the AAU circuit to college basketball to now, so it makes it a lot easier for me to be a lot more comfortable with the guys.”

Is it important to be here?

“It’s important to show my support to my teammates, the ones that are going to be on the floor with me at times and make sure I uplift them, especially James (Harden), knowing that he’s a great shooter and all the things that he can do. I’m always giving encouraging words to him.”

What are your early impressions of the Thunder organization?

“The organization is great and the players, you get a great vibe from them. Everything’s about the team, which is important for a young group. Everything that we do as a team is together, which is very important.”

In what ways can you help this team?

“I want to help them with my shooting, my maturity. I know the game pretty well, playing in the NBA for three years. I’m kind of a veteran on the team to a couple of guys who are only one or two years in and I can help them get through the season also.”


-- Chris Silva