Re­vamped OKC uses Spain trip to try to get play­ers to bond

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

MADRID >> The Ok­la­homa City Thun­der couldn’t have picked a bet­ter oc­ca­sion for a trip to Europe.

Need­ing to bring to­gether a new group of play­ers, the re­vamped Thun­der play two pre­sea­son games in Spain this week, hop­ing the over­seas trip will help cre­ate some chem­istry in a squad filled with new faces and with­out Kevin Du­rant.

In Spain, prac­tice and game re­sults won’t mat­ter as much as team meals, sight­see­ing tours or watch­ing a soccer match played by Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.

“This week is about how we uti­lize the trip to spend more time with each other, to con­nect, and to bond with one an­other,” coach Billy Dono­van said Sun­day. “When you are in train­ing camp and you are home in Ok­la­homa City, guys are go­ing home to their wives and fam­ily. But now as we’ve all left to come over here to Spain, it’s an op­por­tu­nity for all of us to be to­gether, so hope­fully we can max­i­mize this time to­gether.”

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