Cole Aldrich says Thunder training camp is 'intense'

Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Oklahoma City Thunder center Cole Aldrich says that the team's developing leadership makes Scott Brooks' intense training camp practices a tad bit easier.

Hoping to return to the NBA Finals this season, the Oklahoma City Thunder are already well into training camp practices this fall. With such high expectations, coach Scott Brooks is pushing his players particularly hard, but third-year center Cole Aldrich says that veterans like Nick Collison and Kendrick Perkins have made things easier.

As Aldrich tells Nick Gallo of NBA.com:

With Nick and Perk, those guys, especially being big guys, they expect a lot out of you. They make sure the intensity, the level of work is always high because they've been here, they've done it... It's all ears to them. Those are the guys you really listen to and you respect.

Gallo also speaks to guard Daequan Cook, who discusses how Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are emerging as leading voices in the locker room. Considering that Oklahoma City is a relatively young team to be aiming for championships, having leadership like that can be very influential.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.