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.