MEMPHIS – Just talked to Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks about UConn’s Jeremy Lamb. The Thunder and Grizzlies will be getting underway shortly at FedEx Forum.
Lamb, who was drafted by the Rockets in 2012, then traded to Oklahoma City just before last season began, had a difficult rookie season, shuttling back and forth between OKC and the D-League in Tulsa. The Thunder opened a spot for him in the off-season, and he has taken it and run with it – averaging 21 minutes, 10 points per game. Rebounding from an off shooting night against Denver, Lamb scored 17, 12 in the second half, in Oklahoma City’s win over Milwaukee this week.
Here’s Scott Brooks:
“He’s getting some good opportunities, but they’re earned. We’re not just giving him minutes because he has good potential. He’s earning the minutes. He works hard, he’s here early, stays late. He gives us another offensive weapon, and we like also that he gives us a two-way weapon. He wants to improve on the defensive end and he has this year. We really rely on him being able to do both, defend and score when given opportunity. He’s a great three-point shooter, which we like.
“It’s always an adjustment for young players in this league. Most are coming from programs where they’re the main guy. And he was coming to a very good team, we won 60 games last year. He didn’t get a lot of opportunities. But as a young player, we say this all the time: ‘You can get better from it or you can get bitter from it.’ He chose the route that we gave him, and we told him, ‘look, you’re going to get better from this, you’re going to keep working hard and keep improving and when you get an opportunity you’re going to be ready, and he’s done a good job of that.”
Hope to have some more after the game.