Follow the Sonics off and on the court with reporters Percy Allen and Jayda Evans.
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February 18, 2008 8:47 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
Before the All-Star break, coach P.J. Carlesimo promised to shake things up in the starting lineup and the rotation, however, he said after today's practice that he'll keep things the same for Tuesday's game against Memphis.
That means guards Earl Watson and Kevin Durant, forwards Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox and center Kurt Thomas will start with Wally Szczerbiak, Luke Ridnour, Nick Collison and Johan Petro receiving the bulk of the minutes as reserves.
Carlesimo said when he does make changes, it will heavily impact the front line. He did not get specific on the changes, but he did say C Robert Swift, who is recovering from a knee injury, isn't ready to start or handle major minutes.
I'm told everyone practiced during the nearly two-hour workout, however, when the media was allowed inside for the final 30 minutes, C Johan Petro was not on the floor. He sprained his right ankle and is questionable for Tuesday.
Spoke with G Delonte West about his mini-meltdown following Wednesday's 112-93 defeat to Utah. After the game, he sat in full uniform on a stool in front of his locker with his elbows on his knees and a towel draped over his head for at least 30 minutes. West left the building in his warm-ups, drove to the practice facility and shot basketballs until the wee hours of the morning.
Said West: "I just had to get to my sanctuary."
When asked about the display, he said: "I've got to do a better job of keeping my emotions to myself."
He said he was upset about losing and the Sonics' 13-38 record and his locker room display had nothing to do with his not playing for the second straight game.
West had not heard about todday's report in the Philadelphia Inquirer that said the Denver Nuggets are interested in him and plans to "remain professional" this week before Thursday's trade deadline.
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