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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.
2 years 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.
2 years, 2 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.12.12
I can't believe after one practice this team wasn't running complex plays and cohesive offense.
2 years, 2 months ago on Summer School: Game 1 grades
Charlotte would have no interest in Serge since they drafted his clone last year. (Bismack Byombo)
2 years, 2 months 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.
2 years, 2 months 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.
2 years, 2 months ago on Presti calls the Phil Jackson/Van Gundy rumors ‘rubbish’
2 years, 3 months ago on 3-on-3: Coached up
@TaoMaas What is Pearl Harbor?
Was Kobe mentioned in this article or any comment?
2 years, 4 months 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?
2 years, 5 months 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.
2 years, 5 months ago on Friday Bolts - 4.6.12
@diddoff Was that supposed to be tongue-in-cheek?
2 years, 5 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.
2 years, 6 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.
2 years, 6 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.
2 years, 6 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.
2 years, 7 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.
2 years, 8 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.
2 years, 8 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 1.4.12
I sympathize with Russ. The only time I ever get mad playing basketball is when I make a good pass and my teammate hesitates to take the shot.
2 years, 8 months ago on Westbrook and Durant have altercation, had to be separated
Also, did you notice that Rubio was playing crunch time in his first game in the NBA against a title contender. He's the business, but his stats won't tell the story.
2 years, 8 months ago on Oklahoma City survives in Minnesota, 104-100
I think the free throw record is a pipe dream. What helped OKC so much last year was that KD and Westbrook (both hovering around 90%) took an ungodly number of free throws. The changes in emphasis for the rip move and drives to the basket will cut their trips down.
2 years, 9 months ago on DT Season Preview: 35 statements made with extreme confidence
I'd make my own caption, but I can't think of anything remotely clean.
2 years, 9 months ago on The best pictures from Thunder media day
In the new CBA, there is a change allowing players to renegotiate their contracts to take less (in the previous it had to be more) as long as it isn't more than a 40% cut...obviously, the overall details are pretty murky to date, but wouldn't you think KD would be the kind of superstar that would agree to restructure his deal to make it possible to keep his teammates?
2 years, 9 months ago on Why is it taking so long for Russell Westbrook’s extension?
Step 1: Marry a Gaylord. Step 2: Use the Gaylord name to get appointed to the Spurs Board of Directors, gaining legitimacy in NBA circles. Step 3: Get the founders of Chesapeake to bankroll the purchase of a team with zero hope of staying in their market.
Bennett could have been born penniless for that gameplan to work. Of course, I'm pretty sure he grew up wealthy if he was able to run in circles that snagged him a Gaylord.
2 years, 9 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 12.17.11
@brentpotter I believe the new CBA is changing that. Teams that are under the cap can still use the exception if it is more than their cap space.
2 years, 9 months ago on Thunder not pursuing Battier yet?
Typical Seattle. She was coming out of "Twilight: Breaking Dawn." How many Seattleites who attend that movie were Sonic season ticket holders?
2 years, 9 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 11.30.11
Fifth point guard. 1. Russ 2. Maynor 3. Reggie 4. Royal (assuming he makes the team)
2 years, 9 months ago on Report: Thunder and Nate Robinson working on a buyout
I usually have something to add, but you said it all. Nice work, Royce.
2 years, 10 months ago on For the players, it's become an emotional issue
It could actually work out well for OKC. Most of the teams that use the amnesty aren't going to be doing it to carve out cap space. It will mostly be to save on luxury tax. That means it's not like there will be a much heavier market for free agents, but there will be a far better crop.
So what happens is that there are now more free agent options for the Thunder to use their cap space to give an amnestied player a more reasonable deal. The team could use a stretch four, and wouldn't a return of Rashard Lewis at a couple million a year (as opposed to a max deal) seem pretty interesting?
2 years, 10 months ago on 3-on-3: Amnesty’d
I've played one of those "Strat O Matic"-type games and they cannot figure out how the Thunder ever win. What makes the Thunder such a good team cannot be translated to the statistic make up of text-based games.
2 years, 10 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 11.3.11