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Houston Rockets hated in China? I thought there'd still be fans from the Yao Ming era.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Friday Bolts – 8.1.14

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I DEFY your reality scum!!!!

Who wouldn't want to join us on the Oribtal Kill Center?!?!

Face fiery death from my laser rockets infidel

*Pew Pew Pew*

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Summer Thoughts: Thunder 103, Heat 98

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Gasol started his NBA career in Memphis, by comparison OKC is a cultural mecca unless you consider Graceland the epitome of culture.

Westbrook also came to OKC from LA and he's still managed to thrive in the fashion culture.

If Pau chooses NY or LA over OKC it's about dollar signs not diversity.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Pau Gasol concerned about OKC’s cultural diversity?

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They finished 9th in the West in the 3 years prior to that. So their big acquisitions of Harden, Lin, and Asik amounted to them finishing 9th, one spot better in the West, and Dwight Howard helped them finish 4th and flame out in the playoffs in spectacular fasion.

3 months, 1 week ago on Thunder vs. Spurs: Game 2 Pregame Primer

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Gasol to the Lakers and Chris Paul to the Clippers as well.

Harden trade hasn't gotten them out of the first round yet.

The best thing the Harden trade has done for Houston so far is lure the Dwightmare to the Rockettes and that still has a chance of backfiring. They essentially crippled themselves signing Lin and Asik on poison pill contracts and then brought in two players who made them redundant.

3 months, 1 week ago on Thunder vs. Spurs: Game 2 Pregame Primer

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I could see him breaking a hip trying to be serge.

3 months, 1 week ago on Five thoughts about the Thunder without Serge Ibaka

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If that last game against Indiana was any indication then a Pacers series isn't necessarily any less daunting a task than a Heat series. Especially without Ibaka since Indiana is a much more physical team on the interior than Miami.

3 months, 1 week ago on Five thoughts about the Thunder without Serge Ibaka

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As long as the Sterlings own the team and the league is dealing with that mess Doc could spike a baby to the ground and do the icky shuffle and he wouldn't be fired.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Thunder close the Clippers in six, 104-98

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He's already got more money than he could Brewsters Millions away in the short time he has left on this earth. Let him spend his last years in court unable to enjoy and appreciate what he's already got.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 5.16.14

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GAH!!!! No... Bad Royce!!!

You tricked me into reading a Bill Simmons article saying he's "coming around".

He's come around but he's brought the same garbage schtick he always has. Fawning drooling love for Durant and a myopic view of anything else Thunder.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.15.14

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Worked out well for us last time we were in LA.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 5.14.14

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I thought the replay views were controlled from New York. Or is that the NFL? Or am I completely off base?

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 5.14.14

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Favorite comment I've seen today:

"How can you trust anything Rivers says. He's not even a real doctor."

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 5.14.14

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"Everyone in the arena knew it was our ball that's why they booed".

No Doc. People were pissed about the non call. The replay in the arena was pretty inconclusive. You can tell they thought it was inconclusive BECAUSE they showed it in the arena. The home team doesn't show replays that work against them.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 5.14.14

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Jordan and Griffin got away with half a dozen badly missed moving screens throughout the night. I didn't see the one that got him tossed but I don't feel bad if it wasn't egregious.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 5.14.14

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Neither the Nets or Bobcats would have made the playoffs in the West. It's hard to be impressed by anything in either of those series.

Best being subjective their numbers without context might be close but judging by memorable performances or interesting matchups Lebron is laying a goose egg.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Forecast for May 12 – May 18: Chill and don’t panic

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ESPN has a poll up about who is having the better playoffs KD or Lebron. Of course this happens to come up right after James stat padding 49 point turn.

This reminds me of how they flared the lbj hype machine after his 63 point game against Charlotte in the regular season. Like they're just dying for him to do something great against some inferior opponent so they have a reason to talk about him for a moment.

Windhorst's game recap in the daily dime made me physically uncomfortable. All the superlatives heaped on James by Windhorst just made the whole article one big literary blowjob.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Forecast for May 12 – May 18: Chill and don’t panic

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I know anytime I hear his voice the channel gets changed IMMEDIATELY.

Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Side Part: Week 28 – The Speech

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I keep seeing it mentioned that there was booing in the arena Monday night. Being there in the heart of it all I never for a second thought the boos were being directed at the team but at the officials.

The officiating in that game deserved to be booed.

With Paul hitting everything he put up the Clippers did not need the officials help but they definitely got it.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Kevin Durant’s MVP speech was his MVP moment

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Steven Adams against Jordan/Griffin would be an intruiging matchup in this series if I had any faith Brooks would give him any go.

Adams being so unshakeable and the Clipper bigs beings so often volatile.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 5.5.14

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Already dreading the amount of times I'll have to see those terrible Cliff  Paul and Griffin force commercials. They're much better actors on the court than off for some reason.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 5.5.14

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Ugh, this made me think of those commercials they're running for that Lebron James app.... I just threw up in my mouth a little...

4 months ago on Friday Bolts – 5.2.14

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5 on 5 on ESPN... Royce was the only one who picked Thunder to lose tonight.

http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2014/story/_/page/5-on-5-140501/pacers-thunder-warriors-survive-game-6s

I like Royce and all but I disagree...

4 months ago on Thunder vs. Grizzlies: Game 6 Pregame Primer

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After todays headline I feel really bad for the guy in the arena Saturday night trying to sell people subscriptions of the Oklahoman for a "free" hat.

Subliminal message: There will be a game in OKC on Saturday night...

4 months ago on Thunder vs. Grizzlies: Game 6 Pregame Primer

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That would be the first time anyone has enjoyed a vacation in Memphis, the Detroit of the South.

4 months, 1 week ago on The Side Part: Week 26 – The Grandness

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On average humans have at least one ovary and one testicle.

4 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 4.24.14

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I'd rather go with the player who isn't going to pout on both ends of the floor if his shot isn't falling.

The only way to have experience is to get experience. Reggie doesn't have so much that he should be allowed the amount of leeway he's being given.

4 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 4.24.14

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If Reggie is still struggling then Lamb needs to take his minutes. Especially since Jackson's minutes seem to come only when another point, either Russ or Fish, is on the floor anyhow.

Reggie seems too easily shaken at times.

4 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 4.24.14

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"You don't get it, boy... this isn't a mud hole... it's an operating table.... and I'm the surgeon"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtQbj6N_kn4

4 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 4.24.14

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Take the extra time to go to San Antonio... safer, cleaner, fans aren't tremendous D-bags unlike Memphis and Houston

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Top 10 plays of 2013-14

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Tennessee
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 643.6
> Poverty rate: 17.9%
> Pct. of population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 24.3%
> Property crimes per 100,000: 3,371.4 (10th highest)

Tennessee has the dubious distinction of having the worst violent crime rate in the country. The state was among the top 10 in the country for murders and robberies and was first for aggravated assaults, with an estimated 479.6 for every 100,000 residents. Tennessee’s 41,550 violent crimes in 2012 were up 6.8% from 2011 but down 10% from 2007, when there were 46,380 violent crimes. There were 388 murders in the state in 2012, up for a second straight year. To be fair, Tennessee’s violent streak is concentrated in some of the major metropolitan areas. Memphis’s violent crime rate was the nation’s fifth worst, while Nashville’s was the 18th worst. Like many states with high violent crime, poverty in Tennessee is acute, and high school and college graduation rates are lower than most of the country.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Top 10 plays of 2013-14

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Unlike Harden he's been upfront about that fact...

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Top 10 plays of 2013-14

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ESPN polls.... 82% say they have a problem with flopping... seperate part of the same poll 80% say they have no problem with "the way Blake Griffin plays"... that's counterintuitive... 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Side Part: Week 25 – Starships vs Goblin

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http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2014/matchup/_/teams/grizzlies-thunder#

In the Thunder/Grizz series ESPN's experts appear to have unanimously chosen... The Denver Nuggets?  Bold!!!

4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Side Part: Week 25 – Starships vs Goblin

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Player of his caliber? His caliber was considerably lower at the time.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Harden: Money was the deciding factor in leaving OKC

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Is it time for an intervention? Because you're obviously on something.

Houston isn't getting to the Finals this year and they aren't getting any better in the coming years. Howard's not getting any younger and his back isn't going to get any better. He'll only decline. Lin and Asik have Peaked. Harden's game could improve but he's not shown that he has the work ethic to go to another level. Unless they have significant roster change they are absolutely not surpassing us.

Harden sold out a potential dynasty for perpetual mediocrity... period.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Harden: Money was the deciding factor in leaving OKC

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If it helps Indiana edge out Miami for homecourt I'd be oddly okay with that. Can we just start our second unit that game?

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Thunder hang on against the Clippers, 107-101

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If you're going truly no conference I'd like to think Minny would have been more motivated in the second half of the season and edged out Charlotte for the last playoff spot... the Bobcats in the postseason just seems so weird and offputting.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Thunder hang on against the Clippers, 107-101

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Can I like this twice?

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Inside KD’s 25-point streak

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But by the time he was defending Durant he was well past his prime and had to rely on means other than technique and athleticism to try and defend KD.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Inside KD’s 25-point streak

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Barnes is another Beverly/Artest type defender... he's not going to defend him well but he's going to be exceedingly physical and has a deep bag of "veteran" (read: dirty) tricks to try and get under his skin.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Inside KD’s 25-point streak

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Durant hacked twice hard on the final shot of Game 2 in the Finals against the Heat and after the game asked if it was a foul "they didn't blow the whistle so it wasn't a foul". Lady James gets blocked by a rookie on the final shot of a meaningless regular season game "it was a foul". Can't stand James and the Heat.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Inside KD’s 25-point streak

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I certainly don't want to be a part of an entitled, whiny, and unappreciative fanbase.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Thursday Bolts – 4.3.14

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I was told after the first season ticket member event after the lockout that they probably wouldn't have another one. So while they skimped a little this year compared to years past it's still better than nothing.

And with 98% renewal on season tickets and one of the few franchises with a waiting list they really didn't have to do anything.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Thursday Bolts – 4.3.14

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Honestly though... they don't lose much with Asik still on the court. Howard when he's on definitely has the higher ceiling but Asik is much more steady an influence on the court. When Howard checks out mentally (as he's been more and more prone to do since he's developed back problems) he's pretty worthless.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Thursday Bolts – 4.3.14

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His ears are trying to escape his head so they don't have to listen to his mouth anymore.

5 months ago on A few thoughts on #FrontOfficeRank

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Is anyone else going to the season ticket member event tonight?

5 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 4.1.14

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I don't use iTunes (or really any apple products). I used to listen to the Jones podcasts on stitcher. No sooner did I ask that though than I found a feed on podbay.fm.

5 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 3.20.14

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I miss having the pure audio feed from the Basketball Jones to listen to at work. Does that exist for "The Starters"?

5 months, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 3.20.14

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Howard hasn't been that good defensively for years when his back problems started.

Beverly isn't a good defender.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 3.12.14

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