OKC Thunder: Lu Dort returns to practice after early absence from training camp
Thunder guard Luguentz Dort participated in his first practice of training camp Thursday.
"Of course there’s a lot of stuff going on in the world, and I’m just happy to be back," Dort said when asked why he missed the first several days of camp. "It was tough the past couple of days, but I took good care of myself and I’m happy to be back."
Thunder coach Mark Daigneault announced Sunday that two players had tested positive for COVID-19. Their names were not disclosed, but Dort is thought to be one of them based on his comments and the timing of his return.
Forty-eight NBA players tested positive for COVID-19 upon reporting to their teams from Nov. 24 to Dec. 1. Eight more players across the league have tested positive since Dec. 2, the NBA announced Thursday.
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Dort is one of six returning players from last season's Thunder team.
It was only 99 days ago that Dort scored 30 points and shot 6-of-12 from 3-point range in the Thunder's Game 7 loss to the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. He had shot just 7-of-38 (18%) from three in the series leading up to that game.
Dort became a fan favorite last season, even more so in the bubble, as he rose from an undrafted rookie to a regular starter and the Thunder's best perimeter defender.
"Some of my friends sent me some stuff," Dort said of his cult-like internet following. "It’s pretty funny. At the end of the day I’m happy that people actually like me, like my game and stuff, and I’m just happy."
The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 6.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 23 minutes per game last season. Dort said he knows he will have an increased role in his second year after the departures of three starters and five of the Thunder's top-six scorers.