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Kevin Calbro. Simply the best EVER

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Thunder television broadcaster Grant Long resigns

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I thought Kalamin was the top assistant?


3 months, 1 week ago on Thunder assistant coach Brian Keefe joining Knicks

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@Crow Hey Crow!! Great to hear from you!  How are ya?'


I was really happy for the Blazers--especially since the Thunder didn't have to tangle with them in the playoffs. I love the old Sonic connection of Terry Stotts as coach. 


I'm not sold on them as a top tier team, but more of a middling playoff team; much like the Rockets, but anything can happen in a series. Many of my co workers love the Blazers; but most are pretty realistic about where they are at now. 


Love the Morrow signing



3 months, 1 week ago on Thunder agree to deal with Anthony Morrow

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Very much like an improved Daequan Cook. Good signing.


3 months, 1 week ago on What the Thunder are adding in Anthony Morrow

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Much like the Daequan Cook signing year ago (actually it was a trade). There were times Brooks used him very much, and times he used him very little. But Brooks did use him alongside James Harden with Russ and KD fairly extensively from time to time. 


He's the shooter we didn't have last year, and haven't had since Kmart, and before him Daequan. Lamb is still a question mark until he proves he can get it done. And he can't prove that if coach doesn't play him. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Thunder agree to deal with Anthony Morrow

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The Irony of it is my point. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Report: Thunder sign Ryan Gomes to one-year deal

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my point was the irony of it.

1 year, 2 months ago on Report: Thunder sign Ryan Gomes to one-year deal

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What I find funny, is that 3 or 4 years ago, here on Daily Thunder, when Jeff Green was still our starting PF, we were all afraid that Presti was going to resign JG to a long term contract and keep the Green/Durant/Westbrook/Harden foursome as the core. We were all having conversations about how much (or little) Green was worth.  One of the players he was compared to then was Ryan Gomes, also Anthony Tolliver and Marvin Williams....LMAO


You know, stretch fours, with the bodies and game of a three, who don't rebound well and shoot too many threes, and don't shoot them all that well?

1 year, 2 months ago on Report: Thunder sign Ryan Gomes to one-year deal

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Crow is a wizard!!

He's always been a wizard, even back in the Sonic days!!

1 year, 2 months ago on Serge Ibaka thinks he’ll be an All-Star soon

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That vid gave me a little semi.....


1 year, 2 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Are we there yet?

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#15 haunts me to no end.

1 year, 3 months ago on Thunder Player Power Rankings: Post-Summer League edition

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Rofl....thanks. At least somebody gets that this lingo thing isn't exactly clear.

1 year, 3 months ago on The Side Part: ThaBro’s Fourth of July Country Jubilee Gathering of Dopeness

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The last sentence says to "say what's real"  So here's what's real:  I have no idea what the hell this article was about or what it was trying to convey.  Perhaps I'm dense, or not hip enough, but this side part column baffles me.  

1 year, 3 months ago on The Side Part: ThaBro’s Fourth of July Country Jubilee Gathering of Dopeness

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 @Jooseppi Neither, just counting roster spots.

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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1. KD 2.RW  3Thabo   4.serge  5 Perkins 6Thabeet  7Maynor  8Jackson  9Kmart 10 Lamb 11Collison  12. PJ3  13Orton  14Liggins  15Rautins or Thompson.....

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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I'm totally psyched. This rocks. 

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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 @f5alcon I bet not. 

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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I'm thinking a second unit of Maynor, Kmart, Lamb, PJ3, and Nicky.  I like. 

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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 @shiki It's a system. Five guys. That's my point. 

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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Kmart's Defensive Chops will undoubtedly improve with the Thunder no doubt.  Often it is a system thing.  Ray Allen and Luke Ridnour were always considered terrible defenders till they went to Boston and Milwaukee respectively. Their defensive numbers and bonafides each improved dramatically. Rashard Lewis also when he went to Orlando. 

 

Same will happen with Kmart and OKC. 

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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 @MisterJohnsonOKC We will see. We spanked AZ 49-0 a few weeks ago, and number 9 USC just got rolled by them.   We will see. 

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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 @qrex Agreed. 

 

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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Big Harden fan here, but I love this trade. We won't miss a beat. 

 

Poor Harden will miss the playoffs though.

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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You don't sign, you get shipped... Just ask J.Green and J. Harden....

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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Woooooowwwwwwwww

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder trade James Harden to Houston

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Hollis Thompson will probably make the Opening day roster is this is who goes to camp and nobody else is added. Shot over 40% from three in college all three years. He's probably the best shooter on the roster. But, we still need to see him hit that corner three with the likes of Durant, or Shane Battier or Lebron closing out on him. 

2 years ago on #ThunderRank: 18-11

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Ok, I am here in Oregon so I don't know all of the ins and outs of what's down in the Southwest there, but would it be possible for a group to put together a regional superpower station to rival what the Lakers and NYK have? Something like a Thunder/Sooners/something else superstation and sell the rights? Or how about Thunder/San Antonio, where all of the games are staggered by start times and telvised as a sort of regional sports superchannel?  Maybe Thunder/Dallas?  Maybe ?  See what Im saying here? 

2 years, 1 month ago on What are these ‘challenges’ the Thunder face?

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There's really two kinds of Centers in this league, offensively unskilled guys who play position defense and block some shots, and the more offensively skilled guys who can roll and pop and have something less to offer on D. There are a few who possess attributes of both types, those are rare and make a whole lot of money and are hard to find. We have two of the former in Cole and Perk. We have one who is old who possesses some traits of both to a diminishing degree in Nazr, and we used to have two of the latter in Mullens and Nenad.

 

If we were to sign Thabeet, we would have three of the defensive minded, offensively limited types. That to me is putting all the eggs in one basket and would result in teams playing off our center defensively like we saw in the finals, where MIami would not guard Perk. We didn't make them pay, they won the series. That they didn't have to guard Perk made us less efficient on offense and them much more efficient on D.

 

If we are going to sign a third Center, I would much rather us sign a D leaguer or an undrafted project who posesses some of the offensive traits so AT LEAST IN PRACTICE we can learn to defend a pick and pop Center, and possibly he could help us for a few spot minutes stretching the defense from the five position. Those guys are out there.  

2 years, 3 months ago on OKC the ‘most likely’ landing spot for Hasheem Thabeet?

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 @Crow God he's made enough money and had enough success by now. He's in his 60's and has had cancer twice I think. I would think he would just take it year to year. 

 

But, it also seems that these coaching lifers get bored quick in retirement. Look at Jerry Sloan wanting to come back, Phil Jackson, Larry Brown etc.   Few of them go away and don't want to come back.

 

They need to find fulfilling hobbies LOL

2 years, 3 months ago on Scott Brooks closing in on new contract with the Thunder

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 @DXL I disagree with some of that. I'm not a stats nerd, but I follow stats pretty closely and I can say that Harden was a top shelf stat hog in college for a shooting guard. Aldrich also was very good statistically and historically for the Center position coming out of college.  But I agree with you on the rest. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Scott Brooks closing in on new contract with the Thunder

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 @Old Man Game Yeah, I think that's where he needs to be. The $16/4 year deal mentioned above still has him slightly below that level at only 4 mil per season. So, I am guessing the Thunder are just trying to get the best deal they can get. But really they need to give Brooks that last half mil per year to be at a fair price to my way of thinking. 

 

But Carlisle just signed a new deal in May, and I can't find out what it was for, so I am going off his old numbers. But Carlisle has been successful everywhere he has been.

 

Scott Skiles and Byron Scott have had SOME success, but have also flamed out before. 

 

Rick Adelman is at 5 mil, and I think he's superior to Brooks, same with Doc, and Pop, both over 5, but Brooks needs to be paid AT LEAST  with the Flip Saunders/Scott Skiles/Byron Scotts of the game. Which means $4.5 mil.

2 years, 3 months ago on Scott Brooks closing in on new contract with the Thunder

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I agree with Justin-Mia. It is what it is. There are certainly things about Brooks which I wish were improved, but there are a whole lot of things he does which maybe nobody could do better with this group. There are compromises with every situation. If we went with someone else, he may be a slightly better x's O's guy in the playoffs, but he may flame out with the personnel after a year or two and the players could tune him out, like I hear is happening in Philly with Doug Collins, or has happened in Orlando with SVG.

 

George Karl once said that he thinks its good for coaches to move around every 4 or 5 years because if the players stay the same they need to hear a new voice.

 

So you would love improvement, but you don't want to throw all the good out with the little bad that Brooks brings.

 

That being said, in these two lists I could find of coaches salaries, Brooks should be getting somewhere starting at 4.5$. It's variously reported that guys like Scott Skiles, Nate McMillan, George karl and Rick Carlisle and even Flip Saunders are in the 4.5-5.5 Million range. Also Mike Brown is at 4.5 and Byron Scott too.  Brooks can legitimately argue that his salary should be above that of Skiles and Nate, and at the level of Mike Brown, George Karl, and Rick Carlisle, all of which have coached in the finals and have had multi 50 win seasons as has Brooks.

 

The market is what it is.

http://weaksideawareness.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/salary-and-contracts-of-nba-coaches/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2012/03/14/nbas-highest-paid-coaches-loses-dantoni-as-member/

2 years, 3 months ago on Scott Brooks closing in on new contract with the Thunder

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This will never happen. No way. James Harden was a better prospect three years ago, and hes a better product now. No way BB becomes a better player than James. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Thunder have talked about moving up to get Bradley Beal

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 @Crow This goes back to the discussion we've all had for the last 3 or 4 seasons, about the pairing of power and finesse players on the frontline.

 

Ibaka and Perkins are both power players. Green and Nenad are both finesse players. We never had the privilege of seeing a pairing of a finesse 5 such as Nenad, with the power play of Ibaka.

 

I think all things considered, Perk has value for sure, but it would be nice to have a player with some of Nenad's skill off the bench to pair with Ibaka. You could have the best of both worlds, instead of a sort of replication of skills. 

 

2 years, 3 months ago on Five thoughts on the Thunder’s draft pick

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 @Tronchaser  @MisterJohnsonOKC Maybe we will see you guys in a bowl this year and put an end to it...... I think you guys will be or are ranked higher in preseason polls though.  

2 years, 3 months ago on Five thoughts on the Thunder’s draft pick

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 @Tronchaser  @MisterJohnsonOKC That was soooo four years ago.  LOL

 

2 years, 3 months ago on Five thoughts on the Thunder’s draft pick

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I found myself in the Finals missing the abilities of not Jeff Green, but Nenad Krstic.   We could have done a whole lot more on offense if we had somebody who could actually hit that Pop shot after setting the screen. We know Perk can't hit it, and they didn't run it with Colly much, and for whatever reason Ibaka wasn't hitting it. And behind those guys you have Cole who can't and Nazr who is eligible for social security.

 

I think a big man that can play the 4-5 and hit that shot, and not have hands of stone on the roll (Ibaka) would be just as helpful as a stretch 4. 

 

That wouldn't have helped us much against San Antonio, but definitely against the Lakers and Miami. In the Lakers series it would have helped pull Bynum out of the paint.

2 years, 3 months ago on Five thoughts on the Thunder’s draft pick

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 @Crow Ha ha....I would've been fired a long time ago :O)

2 years, 4 months ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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Ok, I'm near the top so here is my take on what needs to happen tonight:

 

The Thunder need to get KD and RW involved in the pick and roll together. They've done it in the past and it's hard to guard, but for whatever reason not so much lately.  As you know, the Heat Blitz or trap the PNR and blow it up. Leaving Russ few options to pass to. He has hands of stone Ibaka, or no jump shot Perk. Bad choices. But if we get KD as the screener it opens up everything. He can set and roll,  He can set and pop, he can slip, he can roll, get the catch and hit the corner guy for the three because he is a good passer. All of the stuff Ibaka and Perk cannot do. (FWIW, Collison can do some of this, but he is used usually with Harden)

 

Oh, and hit the free throws. Sounds simple, but I think if we use the 1-3 PNR instead off the 1-4 or 1-5  it would open up everything. The defense that Miami is running is geared to blow up the ball handler, so RW needs to relax on trying to split it, just make the pass to the roll, pop or slipping KD.

 

I feel good about tonight.

2 years, 4 months ago on Thunder at Heat: Game 4 Pregame Primer

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Well. I am a longtime Sonic Fan, since the 80's and I've never had a second thought about continuing my "fandom" when the team moved ( I haven't lived in Seattle in years). I've seen boom and bust with this team many times over.

 

Tonight is really special. It's been sixteen years for me since my team has been to this point. I thought when we had coach Karl, and Payton and Kemp and Hersey and Det that we would be in this position year after year, but it didn't happen that way. So cherish this baby.

 

I hope we get a nice long, fat dynasty to feast on starting tonight!!!

2 years, 4 months ago on Heat vs. Thunder: Game 1 Pregame Primer

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Both Spro and Brooks have historically been viewed as being "outcoached" in previous series. I wonder how that narrative will go now, with both coaches having got their teams past teams with coaches who have superior reputations. 

 

Likely it will be viewed as neither coach is all that great....they just have superior players. LOL

2 years, 4 months ago on Thunder will play the Heat: Full NBA Finals schedule

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 @Crow Hi Crow. 

 

It's funny about the posts. Really I don't have much to say that isn't being said. Royce and the guys here really are doing a superlative job. This group of commenters here have gotten so sharp. Quite a difference from three years ago when so many were new to the NBA. 

 

A very informed group of writers and audience.

2 years, 6 months ago on Thunder drop their third straight, 103-98 to the Pacers

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"Harden does not do a good job closing out shooters. A lot of his contests are half-hearted with him just sort of raising a hand on the shot. He doesn’t challenge shooters. He sags off just a bit too much and doesn’t recover. In OKC’s comeback, he was late closing out on Danny Granger and George Hill a couple times, which were costly."

 

Not only that, but when guarding the man in the corner, he hedges over so far that his foot is touching the paint, and then he just watches the ball. That's high school crap right there. I don't know how many times I've seen that corner guy cut to the rim for an easy dunk because Harden never turned his head to actually watch the guy he was supposed to be guarding. He has to do both, not just one. 

 

Harden is a lazy defender more often than not.

2 years, 6 months ago on Thunder drop their third straight, 103-98 to the Pacers

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That's Jon Barry, not Brent.

2 years, 7 months ago on Monday Bolts - 2.27.12

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@D@nny@nny I just checked--K.Love shoots poorly out there as well. I guess it's just perception on my part. :O)

2 years, 8 months ago on Thunder at Clippers: Pregame Primer

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@D@nny Actually, I think Blake takes a lot of bad shots regardless of who he is playing. He takes about 5 of his almost 17 shots per game out beyond 10 feet where he shoots around 33%. Its a good strategy to get him into a midrange, deep two shooting groove cuz he's no good out there. Don't tell him that, he keeps shooting them and thinks he gets fouled on every touch. I really don't like watching him.

I much prefer K.Love among the young PF's.

2 years, 8 months ago on Thunder at Clippers: Pregame Primer

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