Thursday, October 4, 2007

Sonics Deal With Minor Injuries

The Sonics were limited a little bit today as three players sat out the end of practice open to the media with injuries.

Delonte West, who sprained his right ankle yesterday, had his left big toenail removed and was not running much on the toe, though he was able to do shooting drills. West was wearing a sandal on his left foot.

Robert Swift was sidelined by tendinitis in the right knee where his ACL was repaired a year ago. P.J. Carlesimo described that as "probably expected" after two hard days of double practices.

During some action, Kurt Thomas took a knee to his left quad and suffered a contusion, which knocked him out.

The 12 players remaining scrimmaged in two teams.

White: Watson/Wilkins/Gelabale/Collison/Sene/Jackson
Green: Ridnour/Durant/Szczerbiak/Wilcox/Petro/Green

Mickael Gelabale had a very nice effort as White won going away. Kevin Durant caused some jaws to drop with a gorgeous turnaround jumper in transition.

At the end of practice, players were paired off shooting free throws. Carlesimo asked Kurt Fedders from the PR Department to pick a number between one and 10. Fortunately for Kurt, he picked a low number - four. It turned out the team would have to make that many straight free throws to finish practice. In turn, Jeff Green, Luke Ridnour, Damien Wilkins and Johan Petro buried their free throws to finish things up.

More from Carlesimo a little later ... .