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No doubt about it, Kendrick Perkins has had a busy off-season. The Oklahoma City center set his mind to getting in better shape since his Thunder were bounced in the 2011 NBA Western Conference Finals by eventual league champion Dallas.
And during the Thunder's visit to American Airlines Center on Sunday night to face those same Mavericks in the preseason opener for both clubs, getting a first look at the slimmer Perkins, who has dropped some 32 pounds since the end of last season, was a bit jarring, at least at first.
The big fella who is still only 27 but is entering his 10th year in the NBA has definitely put the work in and now the Nederland, Texas native is ready to reap the dividends of his extensive lifestyle change over the summer and the Thunder are also ready to see those payoffs.
Perkins, the 27th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, came over from Boston in February in a deal that sent Jeff Green to the Celtics. He hadn't played much with the Celts last year ...
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BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, email@example.comKevin Durant says Perk ‘looked agile. He was dribbling the ball, taking his man off the dribble .Read more on NewsOK.com
While some teams, such as the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, have altered their rotations, the Oklahoma City Thunder have stood pat.
Kevin Durant scored 21 points and reserve James Harden added 16 Sunday to lead the Thunder to a 106-92 victory over the Mavericks in the preseason opener for both teams.
The Thunder reached the Western Conference finals last season before...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Bobcats have acquired center Byron Mullens from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a 2013 second-round draft pick.
The 7-foot Mullens was selected by the Mavericks with the 24th pick in the 2009 draft but promptly sent to the Thunder. He's played in only 26 games over the past two seasons while averaging 1.5 points in 5.3 minutes stuck behind...
The Oklahoma City Thunder took some satisfaction in sweeping Dallas during the NBA's shortened preseason - even if it wasn't the Western Conference finals.
James Harden had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Russell Westbrook added 12 points and the Thunder beat the Mavericks for the second time in three days, winning 87-83 on Tuesday night.
Oklahoma City won 106...
James Harden looks to have an expanded role for the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012.
Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 21 points at the foul line, as the Thunder earned a 106-92 preseason win over the Mavericks.
The Oklahoma City Thunder took some satisfaction in sweeping Dallas during the NBA's shortened preseason _ even if it wasn't the Western Conference finals.
By The Associated PressThe Oklahoma City Thunder took some satisfaction in sweeping Dallas during the NBA's shortened preseason — even if it wasn't the Western Conference Finals.Read more on NewsOK.com
Kevin Durant of the Thunder adopts a fade shot he learned by watching Dirk Nowitzki.
The Bobcats have acquired center Byron Mullens from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a 2013 second-round draft pick.
The Charlotte Bobcats have acquired center Byron Mullens from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2013.