Originally published December 30, 2010 at 02:48p.m., updated December 31, 2010 at 01:24a.m.

Thunder dispatch Aldrich back to D-League Tulsa 66ers


— The Oklahoma City Thunder is sending rookie center Cole Aldrich back to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced the move Thursday. Aldrich has played in seven games this season for Oklahoma City, averaging 1.0 point and 1.9 rebounds in about 7.9 minutes per game.

In his first assignment with Tulsa, Aldrich started all five games he played and averaged 7.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game.

The New Orleans Hornets picked the 6-foot-11 former Kansas star 11th overall in the NBA draft in June before trading him to the Thunder.


John Randall 9 years, 5 months ago

Everyone should have realized that Cole would need time to develop into even a solid NBA reserve. That development on the floor in D-league will proceed faster than on the Thunder bench.

No reason for despair this year, just patience.

Rock Chalk! Go 'Hawks!

Andy Hess 9 years, 5 months ago

at the pre-draft measurements he was measured at roughly 6'9½" without shoes.

Bruce Brock 9 years, 5 months ago

Damn. Imagine if he were still in a Jayhawk uniform this year. The dern Dukies would be an afterthought about best team in the nation.

danmoore 9 years, 5 months ago

We were the best team last year but in a single elimination tournament the best team does not always win.

yates33333 9 years, 5 months ago

I have seen this comment made often by others. How you determine the best team under such circumstances?

Likewise, I was surprised when Aldrich was drafted. He seemed to suffer some physical problem last year. After the first games he played in short spurts and not full speed very often. I hope he is all right and comes back to the NBA quickly.

asefchick 9 years, 5 months ago

Yates, you had heard that comment by so many others because we were ranked #1 almost all year, in both AP and ESPN polls, as well as #1 seed overall by the NCAA, based on the year's performance as well as strength of schedule. That would be a good 'determination under such circumstances'

Firebirdguy31 9 years, 5 months ago

That's what happens to Missouri every year. They're always the best team, they just don't win any of the big ones. lol.

quill_46 9 years, 5 months ago

missouri has never beenv the best team what a stupid comment.

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