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News » 'Krispy' already fits in

'Krispy' already fits in

'Krispy' already fits in
Nenad Krstic is officially a member of the Thunder after having his work visa approved Monday.

And with a new team comes a new nickname.

Krstic, the 7-foot center who was signed Dec. 30, is no longer affectionately referred to as "Curly" as he was during his four seasons with the New Jersey Nets. Thunder players have taken to the nickname "Krispy."

While the nickname is more of a play off Krstic's last name, it could carry a double meaning for how crisp Krstic has been in his first week of practice.

"He's looking good," Desmond Mason said of Krstic, who could make his Thunder debut tonight against the New York Knicks.

"He's a skilled Basketball player. I've played him before, and he can definitely shoot the heck out of the ball and has some great moves around the basket. So I'm excited for him to get on the floor and see what he's going to bring to us. I think he's going to be an asset to this team."

Thunder coach Scott Brooks did not say whether he would use Krstic tonight against New York at the Ford Center. Brooks has said since last Tuesday that he wants to ease in Krstic and allow him to learn the playbook and adapt to his new teammates.

"He's still blending in," Brooks said. "He's doing a good job of fitting in, and the guys are doing a good job of accepting the way he plays. He's a good piece for us. He knows how to play...He's a smart player. He makes good decisions with the ball. He's not just a shooter, he can be a playmaker at his spot."

Brooks has praised Krstic's Basketball IQ in recent days, saying he has picked up the team's offensive sets quickly and said his conditioning is better than he expected.

"He's coming along," Brooks said. "You can tell the kid knows how to play. He understands positions, he understands sets. He's been in the NBA, so it's not like he's coming over for the first time and learning how to play the NBA way. He's going to help us a lot."

Krstic's work ethic has also stood out. He developed a reputation as a hard worker in New Jersey, when he breezed through the Nets' training camp two-a-days as a rookie. Krstic first showed the Thunder how hard he works last Tuesday, when he stayed at the team's practice facility after his introductory press conference and worked out with coaches and the team's support staff.

"It's either he's a hard worker or he's fooling all of us," Brooks said. "But we like to think he's a hard worker and this is who he is.

"Most guys come into a new situation and put their best foot forward. But he appears, just from talking to him, like this is what he does."

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