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Q&A with Thunder guard James Harden | NewsOK.com
What will you focus on this summer? "I started working out (two weeks ago), slowly getting back into it. I took a couple of weeks off just to relax and clear my mind. Now I know what to expect, how to go into training camp, how to approach the summer... I'm working on my mid-range game, becoming a better defensive player. When I play pick-up games I want to guard the best player on the opposite team which will help me come back with a different mindset."

Thunder Insider: Pros, cons of starting Serge Ibaka | NewsOK.com
But for the 2010-11 season, there are advantages and disadvantages to giving Ibaka the nod over Krstic. The most obvious advantage to starting Ibaka is the opportunity it would give him to develop more rapidly. A starter's role doesn't necessarily equate to more minutes, but it does inevitably allow Ibaka to cut his teeth on better competition more regularly.

From a team standpoint, promoting Ibaka could turn an already strong defensive unit into a much more dynamic bunch. Although Krstic is the superior position and team defender, Ibaka is better at providing weak side help and resistance at the rim. Ibaka's length and athleticism could change the face of games, much like when his inspired play at times staggered the Lakers.

NBA Draft: Five Most Overhyped - Hoopsworld
At Florida State Alabi always impressed more with what he could be rather than was he was. He improved each year, but not at the rate scouts and GMs were hoping for as a junior. He's looked at as a lottery pick by some, but Alabi should go late in the first round. He's a long ways away from being able to start in the NBA and he'll struggle with the same things Whiteside will early on. It wouldn't be surprising at all to see him slide completely out of the first come draft night as teams wonder if they'll be able to get anything from him the first two years.

Sources: P.J. Carlesimo to be hired as Toronto Raptors assistant - ESPN
P.J. Carlesimo has an agreement in principle to join the Toronto Raptors as an assistant coach under Jay Triano, according to league sources. Carlesimo last served as a head coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder but was replaced by Scott Brooks midway through the 2008-09 season.

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