Continuity on the Thunder roster breeds trust and confidence. Routine and consistency from the coaching staff provides strength and support.
Coming out of Wednesday night’s opening preseason game against the Houston Rockets, Head Coach Scott Brooks wanted to see better positioning, boxing out and execution on the defensive glass.
In Hidalgo, Tex. two nights ago the Thunder allowed 21 offensive rebounds, but in tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz, the Thunder allowed only four offensive rebounds in the first half. The Thunder ultimately fell to the Jazz 97 to 81, but Brooks sent 11 different players into the game, distributing the minutes and testing new lineups.
OKLAHOMA CITY, October 12, 2012 – The Oklahoma City Thunder hired Mike Wilks as a Pro Scout and Amanda Green as Basketball Operations Coordinator/Legal & Administration in addition to promoting Paul Rivers to Director of Basketball Operations, Will Dawkins to Director of College Player Personnel and Brandon Barnett to Director of Minor League Operations/Pro Scout, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
SALT LAKE CITY - Under Head Coach Scott Brooks, the Thunder has always defined itself by its toughness.
By playing lock-down defense on the perimeter, communicating sharply and staying mentally strong during difficult times, the Thunder sticks together and plays a confident, physical style. While this is ingrained in the DNA of the players on the roster that General Manager Sam Presti has brought into the fold, it’s something the coaching staff emphasizes consistently.
SALT LAKE CITY - For the Thunder, NBA preseason games are more a part of a fluid improvement process than a stand-alone event.
HILDAGO, Texas -- For Thunder players and coaches alike, Wednesday night’s first exhibition game of the season was a great opportunity to step back and assess all aspects of the game.
Pushing one another to the limit literally and figuratively in practice is one thing, but tonight, the Thunder has the chance to test it's offseason progression against another team.
Thunder fans throughout the Oklahoma City area and around the world are some of the most passionate in professional sports. Whether it's finding out about specific players, asking basketball-related questions or gaining additional insight into the team, Thunder fans are hungry for as much information about their squad as possible.
Finally, after long, physical practices, intense mental gymnastics and conditioning drills, the Thunder can battle against players besides their own teammates.
Under Head Coach Scott Brooks, leadership on his Thunder squad is personified by its players competitiveness day-in and day-out in practice and in the training room.