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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at 9:35 am  |  9 responses

Nenad Krstic to Lose Starting Role?

The poor bastard goes in for surgery, and his gig could get taken away from him when he returns to action. The Oklahoman explains: “Thunder center Nenad Krstic underwent surgery Tuesday morning in Oklahoma City to repair a fractured right index finger. Krstic will miss a portion of training camp, which begins Tuesday, but is expected to be ready for the team’s season opener Oct. 27 against Chicago. But with the injury comes the first meaningful question going into the 2010-11 season. What does this mean for the center position going forward? Already in for one of the fiercest fights to keep his starting job as camp opens next week, Krstic’s setback might have now swung open the door as wide as ever for one of his younger teammates to waltz into camp and supplant him in the starting unit. While Krstic is on the sideline, could we see the promotion of promising second-year big men Serge Ibaka or Byron Mullens, or perhaps rookie Cole Aldrich? It’s a fair question, one that likely will require a fair amount of deliberation from Coach Scott Brooks as camp labors on.”

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  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Tough break Ne Nads. (love how the story started-the poor bastard).

  • http://www.slamonline.com The Big Fundamental

    I thought it was obvious that he lost his starting gig when the thunder traded for Aldrich?

  • http://alan.george@gmail.com Breeze

    IBAKA was brilliant in the playsoffs i still think hes kind of a power forward though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Jeff Green is not a real Power Forward man. They need Ibaka and Aldrich out there at the same time.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Migs

    Well Nenad, you THREW A FREAKING CHAIR AT A GUY’S HEAD over the summer… Karma’s a b1tch.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    thats Karma, if it had been anybody from Team USA throwing chairs and brawlin, they would not see next season. He gets what he gets- I forgot he was starting for OKC anyways. I think BJ Mullens deserves some burn

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Bj mullens cant even see the court. Get real. Spot is coles, and they need to play ibaka more

  • http://google c_cantrell

    BJs ok but aldrich will i believe take over the middle for okc before too long.. and ibakas a pf guys

  • Luiyo

    Starting

    PG-Westbrook
    SG-Harden
    SF-Durant
    PF-Ibaka
    C-Kristic

    Bench

    PG-Maynor
    SG-Cook
    SF-Sefalosha
    PF-Green
    C-Aldrich

    To finish game

    PG-Westbrook
    SG-Harden
    SF-Durant
    PF-Green
    C-Ibaka

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