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I see it as a HUGE red flag. Cousins is one big walking red flag. Amazing potential- Terrible attitude. The point was- if he was with an organization that could FIX the attitude, he could absolutely be one of the best centers in the league. I am still intrigued by the idea, but I see no way in hell that we sign him. Trading for Cousins would be an enormous gamble, and Presti doesn't strike me as the gambling type.
1 day, 18 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 5.20.13
20ppg 10rpg + only reason not good on defense appears to be effort
1 day, 19 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 5.20.13
Sam Presti's Home For Wayward Big Men?
Yeah, I'm not sure if I even like this idea- but the upside- if it worked- would be phenomenal. Cousins has the potential to be the best center in the league if he gets his head on straight, and OKC could provide the best possible circumstances to accomplish that. His trade value is also probably as low as its ever going to get- assuming he doesn't kill a hooker this off season.
At ESPN site just read commentary that SAC should move Cousins- which kinda made sense (can't develop winning culture if your best player is a knucklehead). IF he would be willing to commit to improving his defense AND an extension in the 12 mill per range ( maybe throw in bonuses for defensive improvement- Cousins might work for OKC. There should be a world of motivational difference between being the best player on a bad team, and the 3rd best player on a contender. We could offer the 12th, 29th picks- DAL future pick, Lamb and PJ3. Perk would actually be usefull as his defensive mentor and back-up nxt yr, but would absolutely need to be amnestied the following yr.
1 day, 20 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 5.20.13
I could see Jackson taking the Knick's GM position if it became open- no way he would want to coach Carmello's team however. Not enough talent to win it all, and no means of acquiring better players with all of those albatross contracts.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 5.20.13
NOBODY- KD, RUSS- NOBODY would complain about bringing in the most successful coach in the history of the NBA. You don't ever have to explain why you hired Phil Jackson. You hired him because he said yes.
I'm also pretty sure that Brooks would find work pretty quickly with one of the many rebuilding teams in the league- meaning that the amt. we would have to pay him would get reduced by amt of his new salary w/ Charlotte? Sacramento?
I have also never read anywhere that Presti is difficult to work with. His rep is for being competent, professional and close mouthed. I can see zero basis for believing he would butt heads with Phil.
Gotta disagree- though I obviously don't have any greater insight into Jackson's desires run you do. Being an NBA coach is a crazy intensive job. I honestly don't think it much matters what the surrounding scenery and nightlife look like- during the season all of your time is devoted to the team, so it doesn't matter where the team is based. Jackson's history is of taking over under performing, über talented teams and winning championships. There is no team in the league that fits that description better than the Thunder.
Just about every team in the league not led by Popavich or Rivers would kill to have Phil Jackson as their head coach. We are one of the very few that could actually land him based on the talent of our roster. Open the damn checkbook, and give our guys their best shot at winning a title.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 5.20.13
Yep- my bad- I saw him on the unrestricted FA list at ESPN.com, but didn't note the ETO at the side. No way he walks away from crazy money.
4 days, 19 hours ago on Friday Bolts – 5.17.13
Not ideal, but if we can't swing a trade for Perk and go the amnesty route, Okafor is an unrestricted free agent and could be a reasonably priced replacement while we develop a prospect center. No, not ideal, but he would still be an upgrade over "Lumbering Bear with Hands of Stone" which I'm pretty sure is the Chickasaw translation for Kenderick Perkins.
Yes, we were doomed to not winning it all this year when Russell went down, but that doesn't change the fact that our post season play was both disappointing and revelatory. Letting HOU take us to 6 games, and nearly getting swept by MEM exposed more problems with our team than "just" the loss of Westbrook. Miami is the team we ultimately have to surpass if we aspire to more than being a perennial bridesmaid. Does anybody think Miami would have gone 3 and 6 against HOU and MEM if they lost Wade in the first rd? If we don't win a title in the next few yrs, we are going to have a hard time keeping KD and Russ when the Lakers, Heat, Knicks and Nets offer them max money for their next deals. Loyalty is great and all, but those guys want rings, and they will look elsewhere if it becomes apparent they can't get over the hump in OKC. Presti and Bennett need to step up NOW to protect our nucleus for the future. Perk HAS to go now. Hopefully by trade, if not- amnesty- but he is our most glaring weakness. Lamb, PJ3, our glut of picks- these are valuable assets to re-building teams- USE THEM TO GET A STARTING CENTER! Does anybody think we would have a better shot at winning title with Brooks than we would with Phil Jackson? Open your damn checkbook, and do everything and anything to make this team better now.
5 days, 20 hours ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.16.13
Boston might. They won one title with him, and seem to think they would have won a 2nd had he not gotten hurt. IF they bring back Pierce and Garnett, swapping out Bass for a healthy Perk would actually appear a reasonably priced means of acquiring a center. I think PHX might as well. They will be cellar dwellers for the next two yrs regardless. If he comes with 1st round picks and a soph prospect like Lamb- overpaying a bad center for 2 yrs might not be too high a price to pay. As for the rest of the league, I think you are right.
1 week ago on Tuesday Bolts – 5.14.13
Actually, Gortat would be my #1 realistic choice. PHX will be in full rebuild mode next year, and might be willing to choke down the last 2 yrs of Perk's contract, if it comes with Lamb and 2 1st rd picks. We would also need to take back S. Brown to make the salaries work- but both of those are on expiring contracts and will not be re-signing with PHX anyway based on past comments. My fantasy is to return Perk to Boston for Bass (they ARE desperate for a center), and flip Bass, Lamb, PJ3 and every pick we have for Horford, but that is probably pie in the sky. My back up fantasy would be a similar swap w/ CLE to land Verajou. Plan D would involve amnesty for Perk, and snagging O'neal as a FA and consolidating our picks to move up for someone like Len or Zeller.
Good observation by Darnell on Reggie's progress. If he can establish a consistant outside shot this offseason, HE could replace Harden's production with the 2nd unit and in crunch time. He is already too good to just log minutes behind Russell as the back up PG. Now if Presti can just manage to flip Perk's albatross contract and all of those useless picks for a two-way center, Miami will have something to worry about next year.
I keep thinking of a scene from The Lion in Winter where Richard's brother asks him "Why does it matter how a man falls?", to which he replied "When the fall is all that's left- it matters."
1 week, 1 day ago on Monday Bolts – 5.13.13
I just wish our guys would play loose. We lost our shot at the title when Russ went down. There is no reason to be playing tight at this point- we are dead men walking anyway- so the guys should just say screw it, there is no more pressure to win- and to down in a blaze of glory.
This off season is going to be a huge test of Presti's ability as a GM. There is a glaring need for an upgrade at the center position, and a big decision to make on re-signing Martin, developing Lamb as his replacement, or hitting the FA market for Harden's new, new replacement. Presti has solid rookie talent that can't break our rotation in Lamb and PJ3, and multiple first rd picks to wheel and deal with. Gonna be very interesting to see what Sam does over the next few months.
1 week, 5 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.9.13