A booming but joyous bellow sounded through the high ceilings at the Thunder Events Center this week. Seconds later, a grinning Hasheem Thabeet walked in to get fitted into his new Thunder gear.

The 7-foot-3 Tanzanian center who joined the Thunder via free agency laughed, joked and asked questions throughout his introductory photo shoot, showing off the personable side of the former UConn Huskies standout who is entering his fourth season in the NBA.