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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-03-25

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-03-25

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-03-25
The saga of D.J. White hasn't generated much publicity nationally, but it's nonetheless an impressive tale of perseverance. A growth in the jaw of the rookie forward was found during training camp, necessitating two surgeries, including a bone graft taken from his hip.

White nearly missed the entire season before recently returning to practice and being assigned to the D-League. He played three games for the Thunder-owned Tulsa 66ers, averaging 17.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 37.7 minutes.

Since his last meaningful game was during the 2008 NCAA Tournament, White was concerned with his conditioning during the stint with Tulsa.

"I think I'm pretty decent," said White, who has since been recalled to Oklahoma City. "I played 40 minutes back-to-back, which surprised me. I felt pretty good after. I'm not there yet but I feel I'm in decent shape."

White wasn't active Tuesday against the Lakers, but Thunder coach Scott Brooks thought the extra practice time with the NBA club would be beneficial.

"It's going to be interesting to see how he plays five-on-five with our guys," Brooks said. "He did a great job with the 66ers. One thing about D.J. is he's a great kid with a great attitude, so we knew going in that he would fit in well there and it's kind of exciting that the fans of Tulsa got to see him before we did. He's a guy that we're going to continue to develop."

After this season-long ordeal, White can't wait to make his NBA debut.

"I don't know when it will be, but I know it'll feel good," he said. "It'll be a relief. After going through so much this year, sitting out so long, I think it'll be a relief just to run out on the court with my Thunder uniform on."

LAKERS 107, THUNDER 89: Oklahoma City welcomed the Western Conference leaders to town Tuesday night and it wasn't pretty. The Lakers led from start to finish, as the Thunder fell to 20-51.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 24 points, as all five starters finish in double-figures. But none of the other four had more than Jeff Green's 12 points. The Thunder didn't get the Lakers' lead to less than 17 points in the second half.

Kobe Bryant scored 19 to pace the West pacesetters, despite not playing in the fourth quarter. Lamar Odom added 18.

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