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@sammasaaron @yehoshuagardner And there is another way he could play: he could hustle back on defense instead of calling out for others to pick up the slack. He could make an attempt to challenge shots in some way, any way.
I also quibble with the fact that Loves season rivals KG's. Because it's a team sport and team results matter.
I'm not claiming that good stats mean selfish or even poor defense; the way he goes about playing (the way he guards, the way he goes from offense to defense; things that are not quantified in any box score) is selfish.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 7.21.14
@sammasaaron @yehoshuagardner Nobody is claiming Kevin Martin is a top 5 player.
@sammasaaron @yehoshuagardner When is stat-padding anything but selfish? I seriously can't think of any instance.
He is a direct contributor to his team's bad results. You can't just remove him from the equation and absolve him from all blame. That is poor reasoning. There is no way that he's a top-5 player, as some are claiming on here and on ESPN. In what sport anywhere, much less basketball where star players matter most, has there ever been a top-5 player who *never* makes the playoffs. And the NBA even makes it easier (even in the West most years) by letting average teams (.500) make the playoffs. Inexcusable.
@sammasaaron @yehoshuagardner Pretty sure he's almost always been the "leader" of that team. He sets the tone for the rest.
For people talking about Kevin Love below, the worst part about Love is that he doesn't try on defense. Somebody like Zach Lowe has chronicled this. He cares more about himself than doing things the right way: doesn't get back on D after his shots, doesn't contest shots at all because he wants the rebounds. He's a selfish player. Horrible attitude to have in regards to defense and overall team sports.
@CanadianThunderFan @yehoshuagardner I'm moving to Hamilton in a month. Wondering how many OKC fans there will be.
5 months ago on Anthony Morrow: ‘Whatever my role is, I’m ready to embrace it’
@CanadianThunderFan Where do you live in Canada?
@Lambaaaaaa I'm glad someone remembers that the Cavs sucked precisely because of the players LeBron picked. I really hope LeBron stays in Miami and Shabazz is a bust.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 6.27.14
Said this at the end of the previous post: Are the Thunder as good as the 2011 Mavs?
7 months ago on Nine thoughts on Spurs-Thunder
@f5alcon @OKC_Gooner @Barry Amanema He may not hate them anymore, which makes it even worse for us. Now he tries to overcompensate for his crappy past officiating.
Are the Thunder as good as the 2011 Mavs?
7 months ago on The Forecast for May 19 – May 25: Funaki Time
So he either can't keep up with russ or he hurts himself trying. I like those realities.
7 months ago on Five thoughts about the Thunder without Serge Ibaka
Grade 2 calf strain that has a high re injury rate and must therefore heal fully.
All hail the Spurs killers: Reggie and Fish.
Consistent logic about which teams and why they want them to win, to start. Also, if this stuff is rigged they are really really really bad at it.
7 months, 1 week ago on Something happened and the Thunder won Game 5
The existence of disagreement is exactly why the NBA can't afford to rig anything.
My wife's aunt from Minnesota had to buy a car one time in OK and couldn't figure out how to buy a cheaper car that didn't have AC.
@jercster9989 @shiki What's your argument? That they fail way more often and more spectacularly than Durant?
@jercster9989 Chris Paul: Man, I wish I knew what it was like to play for any kind of hat or shirt or trophy in the NBA. Guess I'll just stick to the first 2 rounds.
Here's a semi-fresh take on the 'rigging' theory. It is in no way worth it for the NBA to rig these games; not just because rigging is dangerous, but because this series is a hornets' nest to decide who they 'want' to move on? The small-town over the big city? That's terrible business. The racist owner's team? Why would they want that. Rigging is only remotely desirable if you have a clear team you want to win (like the Lakers in 2002).
@newish to hardcore fandom @Jooseppi @DanielLawler Can you link to this? I haven't seen it.
Edit: the curry event.
@AIaska @d_m_free He's really cut down Fisher's minutes. Extremely surprising.
7 months, 1 week ago on Clippers vs. Thunder: Game 5 Pregame Primer
@MrRaysian If frogs had wings, they wouldn't bump their asses every time they jumped (western OK wisdom from my grandpa).
@Di_charden I get that, but there's also not really any (semi) able-bodied vet in front of Adams.
@ThunderUp12 @booles Was he back for the third free throw? Surely he was in case it missed.
Dallas media is talking about two things. Avoiding the Spurs who I believe have swept them, and "freeing the pick."
8 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 4.16.14
@sammasaaron @Jooseppi The problem is, his defense is holding him back from what? Getting more minutes than Butler? Butler's a pretty bad defender right now. Brooks' logic regarding playing time (and the reasons for it) between young and old players is pretty inconsistent.
9 months ago on DT Mailbag: Twitter edition
The article in the bolts praised Brooks for his philosophy. It's simply not the best philosophy.
9 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 3.18.14
Spoelstra and Carlisle.
Also, this is in response to his explicit philosophy of the primacy of winning every game. The best coaches are willing to sacrifice a few games because injury insurance preparation is more important.
That is precisely his job: to prepare players to be ready to play. I'm not talking about being as good. But the drop off has been egregious. That's the coach's fault.
We've won without HCA and lost with it. We dont need it.
Brooks' insistence on winning all 82 games is what sets him a peg below the elite coaches. For a team trying to win a chip and to build a dynasty, the coach's job each game should be to experiment with lineups and prepare backups to fill in for starters. He did better at the beginning of the year, but the team's inability to play defense lately shows a failing on Brooks' part. Thabo and Perk missing games is an inevitability everyone should have seen coming.
It was interesting to heat Kenny, Chuck and cwebb talk about him so much and call for more minutes.
9 months, 1 week ago on Thunder get back against the Lakers, 131-102
Did anyone else think that Butler was kinda bad on defense tonight? Seemed like he gave up and was lazy a lot.
It'd be great if the Houston game could jump start a great streak again. I really hate Houston.
9 months, 1 week ago on Lakers vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
@thelaughingwiseman Next game is the lakers. I'm sure they'll be just as pissed on Thursday.
9 months, 1 week ago on Thunder survive the Rockets, 106-98
@KindaScottish the pass is impressive but how did that play end? Because with James ready to close it looks like it has nowhere to go. Maybe tthe corner but it doesn't look like he'll have the clear line of sight to make it.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on VIDEO: Russell Westbrook’s speed triple-double
@f5alcon hmmm, that guy has hiv/aids right? Imagine that.
@anonymous12345 stats like steals and blocks weren't recorded until more recently. Can't remember the year
@[brooks' fault] @yehoshuagardner @Mr. OBoy I never said he was All-NBA. But he was better than anyone else they had then
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Player Power Rankings: Turning corners
@Mr. OBoy @King of Carrot Flowers the third Terry and Chandler were both, and have always been, one-demensional. Butler was the featured star without Dirk
@Mr. OBoy @yehoshuagardner I live in Dallas. Dirk went out for Some Time mid- Season and Butler Carried that team. Better than Terry, Kidd, Chandler, Stevenson, Peja, Marrion.
I feel bad for Caron a little. I don't want him starting, but it's easy to forget that he was the second best Maverick on the championship Team. That mid- season injury really ruined his career.
@Chandler Bing. @yehoshuagardner Aldridge getting a little (lot) too much love. He'd be the first I'd drop out for Bosh. No way he's the best PF in the NBA.
10 months ago on Russell Westbrook a game-time decision against the Heat
Sullinger... blah, blah, blah. Has this been posted?
The interesting thing to me is that these are all West PFs. What is wrong with the Eastern conference?
Does Royce know that it's "more... than," not "more... that." I've seen it a lot and just thought it was a typo, but he does it twice in a row in one of those first paragraphs.
10 months ago on Trade Deadline Primer: Will the Thunder make a move?
@[brooks' fault] @Dominator @Turfright And you have to treat the people well who have treated you well. Nick is nothing but a team player.
10 months ago on Monday Bolts – 2.17.14
@[brooks' fault] @El Prez Jeter's faking the bean ball on his wrist really hurt his image. Aside from all the perceived (and probably real) arrogance.
The anyone/Collison two - man game is highly effective. Let's face it. We've said the same thing about Harden, Martin, Lamb, and Fisher. The dude's a chemist.
10 months, 1 week ago on Wednesday Bolts – 2.12.14