The Tulsa 66ers and the SpiritBank Event Center announced today that the team will return to Bixby to play its 24 NBA Development League home games per season at the 4,500-seat SpiritBank Event Center, which was home to the 66ers during the 2008-09 season.  The move becomes effective at the start of the 2012-13 season. The 66ers are the Development League affiliate of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder and are owned by the Professional Basketball Club, LLC , which also owns the Thunder.


After today’s shoot-around, Russell Westbrook and Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks addressed the media, while guard Thabo Sefolosha spoke with Thunder TV’s Kelly Crull. Coach Brooks discussed Kendrick Perkins’ status, saying that Perkins went through the majority of the shoot around. Brooks continued to say that the team will see how Perkins feels when he gets back to the arena tonight and that his status is a game-time decision.

Nine days after its series-clinching, Game 4 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, it’s finally game day for the Thunder.

Fourteen days have passed since the Thunder last played in Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tonight, the wait is over for players and fans alike: Game 1 of the Thunder's second-round series versus the Los Angeles Lakers tips off at 8:30 p.m.

“I’m definitely ready to play,” guard Russell Westbrook said following the Thunder's shoot-around today. “We’ve just been waiting on them to finish and now we get a chance to play.”

At long last, the Thunder knows its Round 2 opponent.

On Monday night the Thunder will host the Los Angeles Lakers, who won a thrilling Game 7 in Round 1 over the Denver Nuggets. Head Coach Scott Brooks’ club has spent the past week working on itself and having training camp-style practice days filled with scrimmages, high-intensity battles and some game planning. On Sunday, the Thunder was able to practice with the knowledge of the challenge it faces.

Fast Break Points from Sunday's practice as the Thunder prepares for Game 1 in its Round 2 matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Playoffs.

- Derek Fisher said he doesn't think there are any secrets to tell about the Lakers. "I don't think Kobe is a secret, I don't think Pau Gasol is a secret. You don't need any insight to know how great those two guys are." With a wry grin on his face, Fisher said that he expects the Thunder crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena to give the Lakers some "southern hospitality."

Hey Thunder fans! You all are known for being some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated fans in the NBA, so it's no surprise that you are interested in receiving as much information and insight about the team as possible. With the flurry of activity surrounding the Thunder throughout the NBA Playoffs, will be hitting you with some unique and interesting sights and sounds from practice, shoot-arounds and media sessions.