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If James Harden's agent weren't asking for a max contract at this stage in the negotiations, it would mean James Harden hired the worst agent of all time. Both sides have a month and a half to hammer out a deal. If Broussard is correct and Harden's camp is unwavering about the max, he actually becomes cheaper by going on the open market, since a max contract from a team without his Bird Rights is worth less per year and is shorter than what a max contract would entail from the Thunder.
8 months, 1 week ago on Report: James Harden wants the max
If they weren't playing in the Olympics, they'd be risking injury against guys playing at the local community center. At least this way they're competing with/against the best players in the world which will do more for helping them grow.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Bolts - 7.12.12
I can't believe after one practice this team wasn't running complex plays and cohesive offense.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Summer School: Game 1 grades
Charlotte would have no interest in Serge since they drafted his clone last year. (Bismack Byombo)
10 months, 4 weeks ago on DT Mailbag: New jerseys?
I think alternate jerseys are a desperation move. It enhances revenues for a team that is hurting financially and creates buzz for teams that are struggling on the floor. Since neither of those apply ot the Thunder, I think introducing an apparrel gimmick is not in the mix for awhile.
I like Aldridge's results best, but his intro talks about how he knows nothing and hates doing mock drafts.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts - 6.27.12
I'm sure it was rubbish, but I also think the team leaked it on purpose. The fact that we know Scott Brooks turned down 3 years and $11 million tells me that Brooks' agent is playing through the media, so the Jackson/Van Gundy info getting to the media was probably the Thunder's way of retaliating.
11 months ago on Presti calls the Phil Jackson/Van Gundy rumors 'rubbish'
11 months, 3 weeks ago on 3-on-3: Coached up
@TaoMaas What is Pearl Harbor?
Was Kobe mentioned in this article or any comment?
1 year ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.9.12
I've wondered the same thing (re: Parker). I regularly hear people say that the Thunder can't win a championship with Russell Westbrook as the point guard, but he's almost identical in style to Tony Parker. Parker's got three rings, and many of the people who say Russ can't win one will point to Parker's Spurs as the reason it won't happen this year. Why The Face?
1 year, 1 month ago on Wednesday Bolts - 4.18.12
@walkerdog I don't believe LeBron flopped at all. He hit the ground hard and his expression (he was definitely contemplating whether to fight Westbrook) looked pretty genuine.
1 year, 1 month ago on Friday Bolts - 4.6.12
@diddoff Was that supposed to be tongue-in-cheek?
1 year, 2 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 3.22.12
Out of principle, I think you should edit out any reference Berry Trammel makes to "boomers." He's trying to make it happen like Gretchen Weiners tried to make "fetch" happen. Just stop.
1 year, 2 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 3.20.12
Ivey is NOT a point guard. Jackson, whose ball handling terrifies me, is light years ahead of Royal.
1 year, 2 months ago on Report: Thunder and Heat frontrunners for Derek Fisher
I believe he's a true professional and would give full effort, but I think him being somewhere he doesn't want to be could be distracting and bad for chemistry.
1 year, 2 months ago on 3-on-3: Backing up
Because Ivy isn't a point guard. I've never understood why he is listed as a point guard because he has never played the position.
OkcBaby I'm not sure why Darnell is so enamored with Jackson. He's the point guard, but whenever he brings the ball up, defenses go into piranha mode. That tells me their scouting tell them he is not a good enough ball handler to be the point guard. By comparison, when Harden brings the ball up the floor (and he's not a great ball handler), the press backs off. But, by all means, Darnell, use your stats that show the team is worse with him on the floor as evidence that he is perfectly ready to be the second string point guard on a championship caliber team.
1 year, 3 months ago on Monday Bolts - 2.13.12
Brooks didn't mess up. Why would the Thunder need a seven foot center who wants to jack up three pointers when the team's strength is already surrounding the perimeter? The team needed big guys that were content to fight for the rebounds when those perimeter players missed, not big guys floating around outside just observing. Mullens obviously had no interest in changing his game to fit the needs of the team, and therefore he didn't play...Brooks only messed up if Mullens could have become a better perimeter player than Durant/Westbrook/Harden.
1 year, 4 months ago on Did Presti blow it with Byron Mullens?
Isn't Hollinger's critique like saying, "outside of James, Wade, and Bosh the Heat don't have a lot of scoring punch." There aren't a lot of teams that have three elite scorers, and those that do tend to watch those three guys score most of their points.
1 year, 4 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 1.4.12