Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Green Returns to Practice

The Sonics had several players miss Tuesday's practice, but the big story was that rookie forward Jeff Green did participate. Green has missed the last two games with a sprained right ankle.

"Jeff practiced for the first time," said Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo. "He seemed alright. If he's good tomorrow, hopefully he'll be able to play also."

Guard Delonte West sat out with a left quad strain and Wally Szczerbiak was limited by his sprained left ankle (though Szczerbiak was able to play against Chicago Monday). Luke Ridnour (sprained right ankle) was also limited and Kurt Thomas sat out after suffering a scratched eye during Monday's game.

West's injury may be the most serious of the group.

Thomas declared his eye better. "I've just got to keep putting drops in there," he said. "I'll get it checked out tomorrow morning in Sacramento to make sure everything's fine, but it shouldn't be a problem."

- Szczerbiak and Ridnour regularly shoot free throws together at the end of practice at the basket nearest the media, and have a friendly competition going with regards to their shooting in practice and in games. Szczerbiak lamented missing two free throws against the Bulls in eight attempts. Szczerbiak is shooting 84.4% from the free-throw line, but Ridnour is making 90.5% of his attempts.