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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Notes, Quotes 2008-12-31

Oklahoma City Thunder Notes, Quotes 2008-12-31

Oklahoma City Thunder Notes, Quotes 2008-12-31
--Being more competitive in recent weeks is a positive to focus on, but even the Thunder's eternally-optimistic coach admits it's difficult to remain upbeat all the time.

After Washington -- the worst team in the Eastern Conference -- beat the Thunder, coach Scott Brooks talked about the mental toll.

"It's no fun having three wins, but it's important we stay together and we continue to compete for one another," Brooks said. "Not one guy in this locker room is a loser. Unfortunately, we are not getting wins like we feel like we should."

--Shaquille O'Neal's legacy on the game during his long and distinguished career is secure. He'll go down as one of the most devastating low-post forces the NBA has ever seen.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks, though, said O'Neal's dominance in the paint has overshadowed an aspect of his game that the former point guard appreciates.

"He never got a lot of credit for being a good passer, but he is a playmaker at that spot," Brooks said. "Maybe earlier in his career everyone focused on his incredible offensive force, his dunking the basketball. But he's always been a good passer.

"Now, he's even better. He can't jump as high as he once did, but he's still a force down there and he's a great passer. The guys, they really know that, so they cut hard and they expect him to hit them with the drop passes."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I take each loss hard. I don't accept losing, but if I focus on the process of getting better the wins will come. The big picture is more important right now." -- Interim coach Scott Brooks.

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