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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-10-08

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-10-08

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-10-08Thunder players and coaches have to feel they're getting a head start. After all the changes they went through last season, from setting up shop in Oklahoma City to the early firing of P.J. Carlesimo to a number of roster additions, there is a sense of continuity.

The focus now is building a better basketball team.

"We really are going to focus on getting team chemistry," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "We have a lot of competitive players on our team and a lot of opportunities where you can mix guys up."

The team welcomes three rookies -- rookies James Harden, Byron Mullens and Serge Ibaka -- and vets Kevin Ollie and Etan Thomas. Thabo Sefolosha, Nenad Krstic and Shaun Livingston, acquired during last season, and D.J White are going through training camp and preseason for the first time. White was out most of last season following surgery.

While Scott has made improving on the defensive end the top priority, he also hopes to see more movement on the offensive end. The team relied too much on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green to carry the load last season.

"If we can just continue to pound that into our heads that we've got to be a good team defensively for us to win games, I think that's going to go far," Durant said. "Guys are looking forward to training camp and getting better, so I think it's going to be a good season."

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