When the doors to practice at the Integris Health Thunder Development Center opened up on Wednesday, there was a flurry of activity all across the court. Whether it was players in one-on-one sessions or at shooting stations, each player was in perpetual motion.
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.
The design and scheme of the practice jerseys may be different, but the processes and drills in Thunder training camp are consistent as ever.
Yesterday at the Thunder Events Center, Thunder players and coaches got their pictures taken, gave interviews to media outlets and sat down with the local media for a press conference.
OKLAHOMA CITY, October 1, 2012 – The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guard Walker Russell to a contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Russell (6-0, 170 pounds), appeared in 28 games last season as a member of the Detroit Pistons where he averaged 3.0 points and 2.1 assists in 12.8 minutes per game.
For two-and-a-half hours, players hopped from station to station at the Thunder Events Center, getting their pictures taken, giving interviews to media outlets and making an appearance in the press conference room.
On Saturday afternoon, knowledge, insight and wisdom swirled around Chesapeake Energy Arena like the winds of so many Oklahoma thunderstorms.
When Cole Aldrich and Reggie Jackson are involved, Thunder Fit Clinics get a major energy boost.
Everyone has their own routine, but one thing is the same for every member of the Thunder heading into training camp. The work each individual put in this summer has them prepared for the rigors of training camp and the 2012-13 season.
Wins in the NBA are the result of an accumulation of small moments, extra efforts and performance at the margins.
Heading into training camp, the Thunder believes that its players, coaching staff, training staff and the organization as a whole have capitalized on its offseason opportunities to develop and grow. By returning 12 of 15 players from the 2011-12 squad, the Thunder and General Manager Sam Presti believe that the requisite continuity is in place for the team to have made collective, team-focused strides in the offseason that will pay dividends during the season.