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.

OKLAHOMA CITY, July 12, 2012 – Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins underwent a successful procedure on his right groin, the team announced today.

This past season, Perkins appeared in 65 games (all starts) for the Thunder and recorded averages of 5.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.12 blocks in 26.8 minutes per game.

Perkins is expected to miss 4-6 weeks before returning to normal offseason activities.