When the Thunder reports for training camp in October, the squad will have three Olympic Gold Medal winners and a Silver Medal winner as well.
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden all helped the United States win the Gold in London, staving off a tough Spain team in the Gold Medal game, which featured the Silver Medal-winning Serge Ibaka. The four Thunder standouts, along with trainer Joe Sharpe each made an impact during the eight Olympic games they played. The USA trio led the Americans to an 8-0 record, and Ibaka’s Spanish side went 5-3.
After working with kids at the Thunder Youth Basketball camp, Jones took the time to chat with thunder.nba.com about his summer and the upcoming season.
On visiting kids in the community:
It’s good to know that I can put some smiles on some kids faces and give back a little bit. I had a lot of fun out there though, especially playing five-on-five. It was probably the most fun I’ve had playing pickup with some kids. It’s real enjoyable and it’s a good experience.
On if he saw any major talent out on the floor:
The first thing most people notice about Perry Jones is his ear-to-ear grin. On Tuesday at the final Thunder Youth Basketball camp of the summer, Jones was able to put smiles on a lot of campers’ faces.
The 2012 first-round draft pick by the Thunder spent the afternoon working with the 5-to-16 year-old boys and girls, first engaging them with a question-and-answer session, then working with them in drills and even taking part in a game of five-on-five.
Led by Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Team USA has always been about respect. Respect for the letters on their jerseys, respect for their opponents and respect for one another. On Sunday, Team USA once again earned the world’s respect as it beat Spain 107-100 in the London Olympics Gold Medal game.
Second half surges dictated the fates of both Team USA and Spain on Friday, springing both clubs to Sunday’s Olympic Gold Medal game.
On Wednesday, both Team USA and the Spanish National Team needed strong defensive fourth quarters to move onto the Olympic semi-finals.
Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Six members of the Thunder Girls have been invited to participate in the 2012 Guangdong Mobile Tour throughout China, the Thunder announced today. The tour is a grassroots NBA event combining outdoor tournaments with fan events and interactive basketball elements.
When Daequan Cook steps onto the basketball floor- at the Integris Health Thunder Development Center, Chesapeake Energy Arena or at community events - his laugh booms and his energy reverberates through those around him.