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March 4, 2008 9:31 AM

Big day in Oklahoma City

Posted by Percy Allen

AURBURN HILLS, Mich. - Clay Bennett's bid to move the Sonics to Oklahoma City could die today if voters there do not approve a plan to improve the Ford Center. For more details, check out this story.

The Oklahoman columinst Berry Trammel writes: "This is one of those rare wrinkles in time, when man-made and God-made forces have put Oklahoma City in a position unthinkable a mere three years ago." Here's his story.

Also check out the Times' story today on the latest efforts to keep the team in Seattle.

As for the on-the-court issues, Chris Wilcox and Nick Collison returned to drills this morning after sitting out Monday with nagging injuries. Both are expected to play tonight against Detroit. Same starters and no change in the rotations.

Coach P.J. Carlesimo talked about why he benched rookie F Jeff Green in the final two periods of Sunday's overtime win at Minnesota. Basically, he was looking for more energy and effort and Green wasn't giving it at the time.

The coach said opposing teams sometimes attempt to intimidate the young guys (Green, Kevin Durant, Johan Petro and Mickael Gelabale) and he wants them to fight back (not literally) when that happens.

He also said he's taking a hard look at Gelabale who has regressed in the past couple of games. Part of the problem could be physical - Gelabale is thin and a bit undersized for a small forward - and part of it could be mental. Again, it goes back to the intimidation thing. Carlesimo said he believes his young guys play better against teams like Minnesota, but have difficulty against the better squads like Detroit, the LA Lakers, etc.

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