By Randy Renner
Thunder free agent pick up Anthony Morrow has been around the NBA block a time a two playing games for Golden State, New Jersey, Atlanta, Dallas and New Orleans so reporters perked up and paid attention when Morrow said, "this is probably the best training camp I've been a part of in my seven seasons."
He called the organization "top notch, from top to bottom," and that all his new teammates "are coming in, working hard, no egos, pushing each other every day and competing."
Head coach Scott Brooks perked up too when he was told of Morrow's statements a few minutes later.
"Well that's good to hear, because we feel the same way and it's good when we bring players in that they feel the same way. There's a lot of pride here."
So far (and yes it's extremely early) Thunder players seem to be even more laser focused than usual. To a man they've talked about sacrificing and improving and doing any and everything to make this team better than last year's version.
"You have to give up yourself for the team you can't get bored with the process," Brooks said. "You can't get bored with working on good habits every day. Our guys understand how important it is to do your work every day."
Sacrificing for the greater good is a task that never ends, you're never really finished with it.
"I think that's an area where you never get satisfied. I thin k when you relax and let your guard down, individuality starts taking place. So you have to sacrifice every day, you can't be a guy that only sacrifices on odd days, you gotta sacrifice every day of the week."
Is Serge A "Stretch 4?"
A rather intense debate popped up innocently enough when Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was asked about his 3-point shooting, which has improved every year along with every other part of his game. He's mostly fired up the long ball from the corners but during the FIBA World Cup he was launching from anywhere.
"I think I'm getting better and better (as a 3-point shooter) and I think it will be better for our team."
The Ibaka was asked about someday being a stretch 4 and the debate was on, "I'm already a stretch 4," he said, "You watch us play right?'
Ibaka lays out a pretty good case for himself. He doesn't shoot the volume that Dirk Nowitzki does but he's firing up more and more and hitting them too.
It's a fun back-and-forth so be sure to check it out in our video.
The Thunder will practice again Wednesday evening and be back on the floor Thursday morning as two-a-days continue at the beginning of camp.