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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.
2 days, 23 hours 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.
3 days ago on Monday Bolts – 7.21.14
@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.
6 days, 21 hours 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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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?
2 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?
2 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 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.
2 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."
3 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week ago on DT Mailbag: Twitter edition
The article in the bolts praised Brooks for his philosophy. It's simply not the best philosophy.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 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.
4 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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
4 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
4 months, 3 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.
5 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.
5 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.
5 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.
5 months, 1 week ago on Wednesday Bolts – 2.12.14
@kfmsooner Neither one of them are really qualified as authorities to speak on the issue.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Anatomy of a completely made up trade rumor
@[brooks' fault] Does it really make a difference to the amazing thought if you say top 10. This awesome team is about to get a top 10 player back.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on One streak ends, another continues as OKC dominates the Nets, 120-95
@Durantacula @harmlesslyfatal I stopped reading after the url.
6 months ago on Thunder keep things rolling topping the Kings, 108-93
@MJOKC ya know, I agree. I think minutes for developing players is much important. That has been my real problem with Brooks: failure in preparing players in season for emergency roles.
6 months, 1 week ago on Monday Bolts – 1.13.14
@Crow Think of it this way, Crow. You're making judgments on an extreme paucity of data (your impression of his eating habits based on media, mainly social). That's all. You can't, or won't, take into account work ethic, like you said: body type and metabolism, etc. You don't have that information. It's just strange of you to bring up with hardly any information.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 1.6.14
@Crow Serge is from almost the exact same kind of family. I don't see him blowing up.
@Julius F Wrek I love how Collison produced two of those 3s. Side note: Collison makes Harden incredible in the two-man game. Collison makes Martin look good in the two-man game. Collison makes Lamb great in the two-man game. I'm starting to sense a trend.
@ThunderWins @yehoshuagardner I actually have no idea who Ryan Kelly is.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The Side Part: Week 10 – Resolutions and Westbrook
I don't normally mess with this kind of crap but I thought it would be fun for once. Might help the Lakers tank.
I really liked them. I'm the kind of guy that could never pull off a normal jersey but I'd wear the sleeved jerseys.
7 months ago on Ho ho hum: Thunder blast the Knicks, 123-94
@CollisonDoppelganger @yehoshuagardner Thanks again.
7 months, 1 week ago on Thunder vs. Nuggets: Pregame Primer
@CollisonDoppelganger @yehoshuagardner Thanks. Does he say more? Would mind posting it?
Insider people, is Jeremy Lamb on this list?
@mattchant @AIaska - 45 is really close on both scales. -40 C actually is the same as -40 F
7 months, 1 week ago on The Side Part: Week Seven – Lambo
@Lasch @yehoshuagardner Thabeet is indeed the one person I never want to see on the court.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Thunder coast in Memphis, 116-100
El Prez was saying further down the page (I wanted to start my own thread at the top) that everyone knows they're roles. I've been thinking lately, taking that thought a step further, that we're well-equipped to handle most schmimjuries. Obviously without Russ or KD we're screwed, but it seems most everyone else is playing below what they're capable of. Not because they're not working hard enough, but just because that's all we currently need of them.
I like how Berry Trammel says he hasn't seen any "evidence" that Thabo's lost his defensive prowess and then immediately goes on to talk about evidence; evidence he has seen but doesn't believe matters. I wish logic didn't matter in my line of work. Life would be so much easier.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 12.6.13
7 months, 4 weeks ago on OKC’s bench kicks the Spurs, 94-88
Can we please censor him from this site?
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Spurs vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
@[corporate shill] @El Prez @bmuelle22 John Daniels will lose his job before Ron Washington.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 9.30.13
@Dicharden The marijuana that's legal is only for medical use. I'm pretty sure you can't just stroll down the street and buy some weed. That said, *maybe* Beasley could get a prescription.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 9.4.13
@LAMBGOD I thought he was Matt Murdock. Then again, I thought Ryan Reynolds was Hannibal King... and then Wade Wilson.... or is he Hal Jordan? I give Chris Evans a pass since he actually performed well in his second role and is continuing it for quite a while.
11 months ago on The Side Part: Beverley and Pau and The Worst
I don't really watch enough baseball to know for sure, but I think it's pretty amateurish to "[seek] singles every time rather than home runs every so often." I think baseball requires a much more nuanced approach than just "try to hit the ball" whether hard or safely consistent.
11 months, 1 week ago on Monday Bolts – 8.19.13
I'm proud to say that I still personally know one of the Thunder Girls.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 8.12.13
@DXL @yehoshuagardner @[corporate shill] I'm done arguing with a guy who keeps changing definitions. But last one: Battier is not a shooting guard. And to restate: No championship team has won in the last 18 years with a 3-and-D guy or defensive role player or any kind of role player as their primary, most-minutes-played shooting guard
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 8.7.13
@DXL @yehoshuagardner @[corporate shill] "Plenty of teams plug in a 3-and-D guy and they're fine."
"3-and-D works at the shooting guard position."
Even if we let you back-track on what you really said, Terry was not a role player. He was their second best player behind Dirk.
@DXL @yehoshuagardner @[corporate shill] Your point is that you can win a championship with a 3-and-D shooting guard. Jason Terry is not a 3-and-D shooting guard.
@DXL @yehoshuagardner @[corporate shill] Ummm... none of the last 18 champions have had a (high minutes) 3-and-D shooting guard. None of them have had a (high minutes) defensive role player. If they've been good defenders, they've been superstars.
@DXL @[corporate shill] It's pretty ridiculous to laud the 3-and-D guy at all looking at recent championship winners.
Dwyane Wade: terrible 3-point shooter.
Jason Terry: terrible defender
Kobe Bryant: much more than 3-and-D player
Ray Allen: bad defender
Ginobili: pretty poor defender aside from flopping
Rip Hamilton: poor-ish defender, much better scorer
Michael Jordan: your argument sucks!
Now all those teams had good two-way big men, but saying that all you need is to plug in a 3-and-D guy at shooting guard to win is utterly stupid.
@OBoy @The Big Ticket No, OKC will beat Brooklyn by using guys to play the sport. Duh.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Breaking down the Thunder’s 2013-14 schedule
@AlexR44 There's one last thing that could save the Harden trade and make it a resounding success. The Mavs stick around as halfway decent until their pick we got in the trade becomes unprotected and ends up being a top 2 or 3 superstar pick. C'mon Cuban!
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Talking about, um, James Harden
@AlexR44 You could be right. I would have taken the chance that that wouldn't be the case. That risk, with the reward of having a borderline superstar/all-star (if not an actual all-star) for only $5mil, seems to be a lot less than the risk of Martin leaving after one year, the Toronto pick sliding further and further back, and Lamb not being very good (much of which has already happened).
@AlexR44 What do you mean, "pollute the well"?
Here's where I think the Harden trade fell short: the Toronto pick. Early after the trade, up until maybe half way through the season, that Toronto pick was looking good. Then they traded for Rudy Gay and they actually cared about being good. And why should they not? It wasn't their draft interests that were suffering.
Just think about if they had stayed as bad as they were and we ended up with the 6th or better pick. We could have had Nerlens Noel, Alex Len, Cody Zeller, or several other really good players. The trade looks a whole lot better as Martin, Lamb, and Noel for Harden (et al). That's why I think they should have waited to trade Harden. Either trade him right before the draft or match the offer sheet and trade him as soon as you can (which I think is sometime in the middle of the season).
@seth_22 All you have to do is match and then trade him 6 months or so later. Bring back expiring contracts or 1st round picks.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 7.31.13
@seth_22 @yehoshuagardner He couldn't walk. He was a restricted free agent.
@seth_22 That would really scare me if that was their thinking. I think if that was the motivation, you can forget ever having a chance to win a championship.
@DXL @yehoshuagardner @Fezzy I think the much more likely scenario, because it happens all the time, is that the guy with a shiny new contract gets lazy and plays poorly. That didn't happen with Harden so I think he's a safe bet to play well.... because he's good.
@DXL @Fezzy I think the haul would have been better if we matched the max offer this offseason and traded him at the first opportunity (which would have been after Jan. or Mar. 1st, I think).
@OkcBaby I'm pretty sure it isn't double. Whatever Memphis pays him is taken off of Miami's tab.
12 months ago on Friday Bolts – 7.26.13
@FallenOSIRIS @Lost Ones That's kinda disturbing on another level. For example: I think FAs are put off by all the noise Cuban makes every time he misses on a big fish. "We're better off without DWill/DHoward." I wouldn't want to play for a guy who would turn on me that quickly. In the same vein, why would I consider a team who almost never tries to sign FAs?
1 year ago on Durant on losing Harden: ‘We were victims to the business’
@Jooseppi @C-Wil @DXL Why trade anyone? Would we have won with KD, Harden, and Ibaka, but not Westbrook?
@DXL @yehoshuagardner So your defense of Presti was that he didn't realize that Harden was all-star level talent? Now I feel a lot better about the man in charge of our favorite team.
I'm kinda tired of Royce and others giving the management a break on trading Harden. I don't think it was a disaster of a move, but it probably wasn't a good move and certainly not the best move. In my opinion, the best move was keeping him as long as they could on his rookie contract. One argument people use to defend Presti is that he traded Harden when he could so he wouldn't lose him for nothing. That is utter BS. He was going to be a restricted free agent. The Thunder were in complete control of Harden's situation. If someone offers him the max, and the Thunder don't want to pay him that much, then sign him and trade him later. You could even trade him for draft picks and such that would bring you below the luxury tax line. It's been established again and again that it wasn't the LT that was the issue, but the repeater tax. The bottom line is: Never, NEVER trade away an all-star on a rookie contract.
@AIaska @ThunderChick2010 @sooner403 @yehoshuagardner @Lost Ones Good job everyone. My eyes are now bleeding.
1 year ago on Thursday Bolts – ‘Murca Edition
@Grolgar This actually kind of scares me. If the Lakers knew they were losing Howard, they could (potentially) offer the cap space GS needs in a sign and trade. I'd rather the Lakers just got screwed in the whole deal.
@Lost Ones I normally don't make a big deal about "Then vs. Than," but in this case, it actually makes a difference. Your sentence reads: "...Orlando arguably got better pieces in the aftermath of Howard; [and] then the Thunder did [get better] for Harden."
I really think Henry Abbot is an idiot. Don't you just love how tanking helped the Thunder get Serge Ibaka at the end of the first round?
1 year ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.2.13
@mattchant @Lasch @lmp5336 They were willing to pay LT when they offered Harden 55 MILLION DOLLARS. You don't win in the NBA by throwing money at anyone and everyone so that you can pay LT as if it's the one and only key to winning a title. What do you want us to be? The Nets or the Wizards?
1 year ago on Friday Bolts – 6.28.13
@Sustainable Parameters Surprise, surprise. Joey Crawford doesn't know what they hell he's doing.
1 year, 1 month ago on Tuesday Bolts – 6.18.13
@OBoy @yehoshuagardner I'm not sure what you're talking about with "other problems." This is my main gripe against Brooks. He consistently shows a stubborn resistance to play younger players the NBA minutes they need to develop. Once the decision is forced on him, at least two players have proven capable of handling the load (and more in the case of Harden starting for Houston). It just looks like more of the same with Lamb and Jones. It is also the opposite of how Pop coaches, and I much prefer Pop's approach.
1 year, 1 month ago on Developmentally Delayed: How the Spurs are teaching OKC some lessons
@OBoy @yehoshuagardner Of course he gets 'some' credit. But Spoelstra gets some credit for finally getting Lebron a championship. There's never 'no' credit.
I've been saying this all dad gum year. It's so frustrating. This is why I've wanted Brooks gone. Also, you can't give him credit for Ibaka and Harden's progress. They were not progressing and in a similar situation to Reggie (though not Lamb and Jones). They only started skyrocketing when Presti forced Brooks to play them by trading Jeff Green. That only leaves Westbrook and Durant as Brooks developmental success stories. Do we really believe that the two hardest working players in the NBA only succeeded by Brooks' developmental strategies?
I find it ironic that people who complain about Westbrook being selfish are reveling in their own selfish desire to see KD do something great in the 4th rather than the team perform well throughout the game and playoffs.
1 year, 2 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 5.7.13
@I'd Wink At Me @Stephen Jackson is not about this spelling I wonder if Hollins was just trying to bait us. I don't think (and from what I've heard, KD doesn't think) Durant posting up is very good for the team.
1 year, 2 months ago on Kevin Durant ices the Grizzlies in Game 1, 93-91
@d21 Has Brooks ever called anyone out like this? Something seems out of context.
1 year, 2 months ago on Grizzlies vs. Thunder: Game 1 Pregame Primer
Everyone is giving Brooks too much of a pass on one thing. He's not being asked to win the West without Russ. He's being asked not to blow a 3-0 lead without Russ. And he's failing at that. *That* is a huge indictment against his coaching.
1 year, 2 months ago on Systematic problems?
@NotSoAnnoyed @yehoshuagardner @Legendary_Dork Kinda to that point, I don't have a problem with either player, Beverley or KD, trying for the steal right before a timeout. I'm more frustrated with the officials. How was the Beverley play not a foul? Were Westbrook not calling a timeout it certainly would have been. They have to call that.
1 year, 2 months ago on Monday Bolts – 4.29.13
@Legendary_Dork @NotSoAnnoyed Ok, just watched it again, and Lin isn't in the "middle" of the court. However, I still think there's a legitimate difference. The way Beverley went for the steal, he had 0 chance of actually getting the ball; all he could do was poke it out of bounds. Lin is facing the middle, so Durant could have poked it out into the open court to actually get the steal. I do think Durant was just being a jerk, but a jerk who was actually trying to get the ball, unlike Beverley.
@Legendary_Dork @NotSoAnnoyed Also, Lin was in the middle of the court if I remember correctly. If he didn't want anybody close to his chest, he should have dribble to the side and protected his body from anyone coming close to him. Totally different situation when one player is in the middle of the floor and another is right on the sideline.
@anonymous12345 @yehoshuagardner @DanielLawler He can't put himself on the floor. Brooks has to do that.
1 year, 2 months ago on Thunder vs. Rockets: Game 3 Pregame Primer
@DanielLawler Reggie can creat his own shot. He was absurdly underused.
KD scoring::Rest of team per quarter
The whole team fell off throughout the game.
@TaoMaas I'm sorry, but you're not going to convince me that two lottery level talents can't sniff the floor (more than they barely did) but Pop can get meaningful minutes in high stakes games from Nando de Colo, Cory Joseph, and DeJuan Blair.
1 year, 2 months ago on Saturday Bolts – Get Well Soon Russ Edition
@C-Wil I can't bring myself to 'like' this. But you are sadly, depressingly correct.
@Old Man Game @yehoshuagardner @ou_sas I didn't pay much attention this year because they sucked (and I was trying to finish up my degree). But a couple years ago they kept talking about "you don't win with rookies" and they were only talking about backing up JKidd.
@Old Man Game @yehoshuagardner @ou_sas Every role (defensive stopper; shooter; creator; screener; rebounder; blocker; post defender) has a reasonable replacement on the team. No, they won't be as good as the guy they're replacing, but they should at least be prepared to play. It works for the Spurs EVERY SINGLE FREAKING YEAR! It could work for us. (By the way, I live in Dallas and it irritates me that Carlisle does the same thing. Rookies don't get to play in OKC/Dallas.)
@ou_sas "Also, those who called for more of the Brookies: I guess this is a prime example of the maxim of "be careful of what you wish for.""
Actually, this situation is exactly why you give the rookies minutes in the regular season: so they're not shell-shocked at all of the sudden having to play. My biggest problem with Brooks is that *he* is completely unprepared (in that he hasn't prepared the team) to handle an injury. Pop is the polar opposite and it's why the Spurs are still so good with geriatric players that don't play half the time.
@OBoy @Aren't This is a meniscus, right? Not a ligament (Medical Collateral Ligament)
1 year, 2 months ago on Report: Westbrook could return in weeks, not months
Can someone explain to me how Houston got so many dang rookies on their team? I count 7. How about a list with who drafted them and at what pick?
1 year, 3 months ago on Thunder hang on over Houston for a 2-0 lead, 105-102
@OKC035 can you give me a link to that?
@FrancisOKC I don't think he's in danger of not taking *any* shots. He took 25 and had 8 free throws.
@OohWeeItsVelvetHoop Have to say: that time lapse is pretty lame compared to the Kings-Lakers-Clippers-Lakers-Kings-Clippers time lapse.
1 year, 3 months ago on Practice Report: Focused on transition defense
@fun police @RWolverine What did he say about John Wall?
1 year, 3 months ago on 3-on-3: Thunder vs. Rockets
@RWolverine If you guys think logic is how you win against Skip, you're barking up the wrong tree. It's all about yelling as loud as you can and interrupting and never being interrupted. The last part is the most key.
On truehooptv, Abbot and Thorpe were discussing Den-GS and talking about Hollinger's "theory" about shooting more 3's increasing your chances of winning. Then Abbot blurted out, "No, no, no, it's not a theory; it's based on evidence." What the hell does he think a theory is? The idiocy that runs rampant in supposed 'intelligent' basketball people is mind-numbing. And now I look further down the page to see people talking about Jamelle Hill. I don't know why I waste any time watching analysis.
@long arm of the law @KidCanada13 I haven't shaved in a couple years. I do trim my beard/mustache though.
1 year, 3 months ago on The playoffs are here, so it’s time to freak out
@ou_sas @yehoshuagardner @DXL I've seen espn suggesting they amnesty him, but everyone assumes the Lakers will be able to pick him up no problem. I was sure that it wouldn't be that easy.
1 year, 3 months ago on Thunder clinch the division with 106-90 win over Portland
@DXL Someone remind me what happens to amnestied players. Don't they go on an auction for other teams to bid on?
@d21 The Lakers couldn't have made this season go more wrong for themselves.
I do feel sorry for Kobe, but not for the Lakers.
@OBoy I heard him the other day for the Thunder recap. He was pretty hilariously bad.
1 year, 3 months ago on Monday Bolts – 4.1.13
Do the Thunder players know they're riding a two game losing streak to the Wizards (maybe more, I can't remember past last year)? Do they care?
1 year, 3 months ago on Video: KD and Wade haunt each other’s dreams
@FF_pickups We will say B; the rest of the world will say A.
1 year, 4 months ago on Durant and Westbrook carry OKC over the Mavs, 107-101
@Royce Young Ha, I was getting ready to call you 'Russ'
1 year, 4 months ago on KD and the Thunder bounce back and wax the Jazz, 110-87
@Royce Young I'll admit that you may be (and probably are) right, but I don't think you're giving us credit for coming to a legitimate possibility that he was just defending his buddy's space.
@Dicharden @ThunderChick2010 Can you repost that video?
Back to the actual game: Carroll had a horrible game, which I absolutely love.
@Royce Young @ElMexiThunder Now you have to tell us who the reporter is.
@Royce Young Then why did the PR person come over and continue it?
@Royce Young Legitimate question: Do reporters normally do whatever this guy was doing in front of Orton's locker?
@fun police @Tequila or Failure That's also how I interpreted it.
@Sigmund This looks like a terrible trade to me.
1 year, 5 months ago on Grizzlies vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
Mario Chalmers thinks he's the 5th or 6th best PG in the league.
The natural question for us is, who is our 'irrational confidence' player that is absolutely necessary to win a championship?
1 year, 5 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 1.29.13
I'm sorry guys. I took off my Thunder shirt that I had been all day right around the 4th quarter. But don't worry, as soon as it went to OT, I put it back on and ran down to the TV in my Dallas apartment building. Crisis averted.
1 year, 6 months ago on Behind 52 from KD, OKC survives in Dallas, 117-114
Durant going to 90-50-100 %s this game.
1 year, 6 months ago on Thunder vs. Trail Blazers: Pregame Primer
@KellOne @MJOKC @Old Man Game Losing to Orlando at home might be worse than on the road to the Wizards. Either way, they're both really bad. I'm not excusing the Thunder's loss. My point is simply that the Clippers were going to have a really bad loss eventually, just like all teams do.
1 year, 6 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Zero Dark Thunder
Every team experiences a bad loss at some point and the Clippers hadn't had one in a while. It was only a matter of time until they would trip up and we'd move past them in the standings.
@areayewhy @Tronchaser @tydude Liggamb?
1 year, 6 months ago on Friday Bolts – 1.11.13
The Lakers are behind every NW team in the standings. I like it.
1 year, 6 months ago on Friday Bolts – 1.4.13
Hollinger's power rankings are useless. The Thunder beat a top-8 team on the road and fell below the team they just beat who last lost against a worse team on the road. Didn't @crow have a better system?
1 year, 7 months ago on That’s 12: Durant powers OKC past Atlanta, 100-92
@AIaska @elginthunder Was just about to post the exact same thing as you.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Thunder hang on in Brooklyn, 117-111
@dream catcher @justin_mia @Lost Ones I think Ibaka clanking early on made him shy away from passing.
1 year, 8 months ago on Friday Bolts - 11.2.12
@eallen7 @Lost Ones No, they're a hell of a lot better players than Thabeet.
1 year, 8 months ago on OKC falters late in San Antonio, 86-84
@Lost Ones @eallen7 PJ3. Reggie. Stagger lineups. There are so many answers to that question.
@Lost Ones Amnesty Perk and play BOTH Martin and Thabo as starters.
No Maynor-Westbrook lineup; no PJ3; way too little small ball. This team should easily be able to beat a team that only scores 86. The loss is on Brooks. Hopefully he was just being conservative because of the trade and the away game against a good opponent.
1 year, 8 months ago on Thunder at Spurs: Pregame Primer
We had only three players that could score tonight. WHERE WAS PJ333??!?!?!
@Fistermantastic But why play him? By my count we played 5 primarily defensive guys and only 4 truly offensive players. Free PJ3
@Lost Ones Totally. This is a lot to ask Brooks to change his rotations, plays, depth chart with 4 days to go.
1 year, 8 months ago on Sunday Bolts – Bye-bye Beard Edition
@D-MC @DennisBerry @justin_mia @ThunderChick2010 Harry Hines is one of the major streets that runs straight south into downtown Dallas. (I live about 1 mile east of downtown Dallas.)
1 year, 9 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Russ
@supreme35 @kennygee90 @OBoy Jones III @OKman @justin_mia @OkcBaby He didn't say that. He said Melo puts more pressure on a defense than Durant.
@OkcBaby @justin_mia More than Skip. No one listened to him about LeBron.
@supreme35 @kennygee90 @OBoy Jones III @OKman @justin_mia @OkcBaby If he was basing his opinions on that series he would know that Kobe is really inefficient and that Kobe also has no chance of being the defensive stopper against a player like Russ anymore.
@OkcBaby Definitely, definitely.
@OBoy Jones III @kennygee90 @OKman @justin_mia @OkcBaby Do you guys really think you're going to convince him? Same thing down the page. He has it stuck in his head that Kobe is way ahead of Russ, and Melo and KD are almost equal. He's not going to change his mind.
@f5alcon @TaoMaas To get ROY, PJ3 would have to get 25-30 minutes/game. He'd have to swallow Cook's, Cole's, and some of Perk's minutes to get there. But I'd love it if he did.
1 year, 9 months ago on League announces new flopping rules
@duhsweetness I think Cook should be phased out. I've become a huge Thabo fan after this past post-season. So, out of Durant, Sef, and Harden, 2 out of the 3 should be on the court at all times.
Sub out Thabo for Harden, and then, when Durant needs to rest, bring in Thabo to replace him. Even if he doesn't shoot 3's as well as Cook (which I think he actually could), he brings more to the table (cutting, finishing, defending).
1 year, 10 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Air in Congo
@justin_mia @cemitten @MostJadedGamer Just for fun, where does Ibaka rank among PF right now?
1 year, 10 months ago on DT Mailbag: Beardemic
New thread; let's turn over a fresh leaf and quit complaining about what grown men do with their time off.
1 year, 10 months ago on Video: KD’s top 10 of ’12
How many TV's will be destroyed from throwing a basketball at them? (Probably not many, since not many games will be sold.) Better question: What percentage of games sold will produce a broken TV?
1 year, 11 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Basketball Hero
@MostJadedGamer @justin_mia Since you know that Ibaka is going to take another step next season, what are tomorrow's lottery numbers?
1 year, 11 months ago on With Serge Ibaka’s deal done, the focus turns to James Harden
@Jax Raging Bile Duct @cleandoe @justin_mia
As it is: C+ (grade inflation)
Extend only Ibaka: B
Extend only Harden: B+
Extend Harden and Ibaka: A+
I don't think Maynor matters that much.
1 year, 11 months ago on Friday Bolts – 8.17.12
Why has no one said anything about a 200 on the SAT being an absolutely horrible score?
2 years ago on Oklahoma City’s Offseason Grade: On a curve
@Thunder Tim It also looks like (at least from the video up top) that he started in college using NBA 3-pt line. Hopefully there won't be any growing pains.
2 years ago on Thunder sign undrafted rookie Hollis Thompson
A lot of analysts are saying that Lebron can defend Durant really well. Can Lebron really defend Durant better than Marion, Artest, Leonard, or Jackson? I don't think so. And I think Battier would be the worst one of the bunch to defend Durant.
2 years, 1 month ago on Tuesday Bolts – 6.12.12
Pop said that championship teams have to win on the road. I was wondering if there has ever been a team that has just had home court advantage and won every (and only) home game. Or at the very least done that in the last two rounds.
2 years, 1 month ago on The Thunder take Game 5, 108-103
@northernthunder @SB718 He only had 2 rebounds in the 2nd half. And I totally agree. He is the ultimate quitter (maybe an exaggeration, but I don't think so).
2 years, 2 months ago on KD ices the Lakers as OKC takes Game 4, 103-100
"Just more stuff for you to click on while you’re ... putting off starting that research paper."
I'll take some of that, thank you very much.
2 years, 2 months ago on Friday Bolts - 5.11.12
What are all the scheduling possibilities for the Thunder's second round? If the Lakers-Nuggets series ends tonight? After game 6? Or after game 7?
2 years, 2 months ago on Practice Report: No change in Perk, but practice was intense
By the way, I think I've heard Dallas media say that Carlisle never has and never will wear a mic in games.
2 years, 2 months ago on Thunder take a commanding 3-0 lead dismantling the Mavs 95-79
@f5alcon @Legendary_dork Don't we have 9 with Nazr, or does Brooks only have 1?
2 years, 2 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.3.12
@FF_pickups Sportsmanship = "We want special treatment."
@FF_pickups @dollarbillrussell Catergorize the teams thus far:
Legit contenders: Spurs, Heat, Thunder, Lakers
Shakey contenders: Memphis, Clippers, Bulls, Celtics, Pacers
Delaying the inevitable: Mavs, Nuggets, Hawks, Magic, Jazz, Sixers, Knicks
I don't think the Mavs are better than 6th in the west. They just have a good matchup that makes them look better than they are.
2 years, 2 months ago on There's lots to be encouraged about from the Thunder's good start
@mavsROOLusuck Best one yet. I thank you deeply for the entertainment.
@John64 That didn't even look like a shove at all. Mahinmi looked perfectly happy to be going where he was going. Too many people, refs included, see hands or arms on someone's back and assume that pushing is going on. The Dirk flop from the bolts is a perfect example.
2 years, 2 months ago on Practice Report: Getting physical
Anybody remember what the averages are for winning a series when down 0-2?
2 years, 2 months ago on OKC escapes again to take 2-0 lead on the Mavs, 102-99
A complete game and utter dismantling of Dallas on Thursday would give me great satisfaction. I'm gonna have to listen to Dallas media for the next three days talk about how they still have this series in hand. Please, let it not last Friday and Saturday, too.
I'm not Dirk, so I'll go ahead and complain. As aggressively as Westbrook drives to the basket, how does he only get fouled once all game?
2 years, 2 months ago on KD and a friendly rim sink the Mavs in Game 1, 99-98
@shiki Any idea how the tie-breakers would all end up if all 4 ended with the same record? I know that Miami and Chicago still have 2 games left and their 1-1 against each other right now. SA is 0-2 against MIA and CHI, 2-1 against us.
2 years, 3 months ago on Udonis Haslem calls out Kendrick Perkins
@dancassidy35 One problem I have with last night (and a week and a half ago) is that Harden continues to get burned bad when he's defending Battier. He helps off too much; did it twice last night changing a 1-point OKC lead to a 5-point MIA lead; and did the same thing last game (Battier just missed the shots last time). I almost think it would be better to play him on Lebron and Durant on Battier with those lineups.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 4.5.12
@Tronchaser @KellOne https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&sugexp=frgbld&gs_nf=1&tok=GAqQfghh9wh1OkwwT2hilQ&cp=5&gs_id=i&xhr=t&q=rob+lowe&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1366&bih=653&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&authuser=0&ei=-8R5T7SjHsei2wWmpcm1Bg
2 years, 3 months ago on Monday Bolts - 4.2.12
@shiki I noticed that, too. It must be because of the compact schedule.
How does Bruce Bowen not mention the Spurs as a threat to the Thunder?
@KellOne I would like to know: Has You-know-who ever even been to a Thunder game. He talks about being a fan, but I bet Rob Lowe has been to more games than him.
This new nickname for Skip is awesome. It has all sorts of wonderful extensions: the Dark Lord, straight-up calling him Voldemort.
The only better one I might suggest is this. In the Biblical book of Job, the most literal translation is that "the Adversary" comes before God to test Job. That "Adversary" is better known as Satan. Who is more adversarial than Skip?
@ThunderChick2010 Looking back at the boxscore for that game, Russ had 7 TOs, KD 6, and Perk 6. Sunday those three had 0, 1, and 2 respectively. Royce needs to do an article that figures out why the team (and probably those guys specifically) have gotten so much better at holding on to the ball lately.
@ThunderWins @BRY BRY Surely Thunder fans have gotten beyond the point of paying for tickets to watch the other team. Maybe you can feel bad for the Chicago fans who paid for tickets, but I won't.
2 years, 3 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Russell comin' y'all
One of the many problems with Skip's argument: "What's going to happen when they're in a tough game 7 in the playoffs?"
Oh.. I don't know. Maybe have a TRIPLE FREAKING DOUBLE, with as many assists as points while he sets Durant up for over twice as many shots as him. http://espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=310515025.
Why don't any of the people who argue with Skip ever bring this up?
@mjokc88 I didn't see it, but it probably got deleted because you probably said something that offended Grant Hill. You seem to have a tendency to do that.
2 years, 3 months ago on Clutch squared: Westbrook and Durant are figuring it out
@Landstander @NathanHurley Chris Bosh can be Princess Leia
Does anyone know how Fisher avoids turning the ball over? Or how he has played against Dallas this year? I just imagine crunch time against Dallas and having Fisher in against Kidd. He doesn't need to be fast to keep up with Kidd. And Kidd was a total nuisance against Russ last year.
2 years, 4 months ago on Report: Thunder in 'advanced negotiations' with Derek Fisher
Part of me just likes that a noteworthy free agent had two options: Miami and OKC; and in the end he chose OKC.
2 years, 4 months ago on Should the Thunder sign Derek Fisher?
@HardenIsMyManCrush "Every girl's dream is to be on the cover of SI's swimsuit edition." My little 4 year old daughter sure as hell better not grow up dreaming of being the SI cover model.
2 years, 4 months ago on Thunder Upton: OKC digs out of a hole to beat Phoenix, 115-104
I think the ESPN recap used the phrase "fantastic foursome". Why hasn't this been pushed around more? Isn't a fantastic four better than a big 3?
@justin_mia Barkley did fall on his face last week, though, when Ernie asked him to actually provide a concrete solution more detailed than "they need a scoring big man." He couldn't answer the question, "Who do they get" or "Can Serge be that guy".
2 years, 4 months ago on OKC wins tough in Orlando, 105-102
Perk didn't get a technical tonight. HOW IS THIS NOT NOTED!?!?
@TateTatum Foul disparity is always more important to look at than free throw. 23-9, also nearly three times as many.
2 years, 4 months ago on Cold-blooded Durant 3-pointer highlights Thunder win in Philly
No mention of the foul and free throw disparity? If I were a Philly fan, I'd be furious.
@Old Man Game Barnes did have 0 points. That's really funny.
2 years, 5 months ago on OKC locks down on the Lakers, 100-85
@andrew35 @Grolgar I think that our D is good enough to stifle Chicago enough that we could keep it close until Durant nails several daggers.
@SammyThunderer@ThunderChick2010 I don't understand what Pop is doing by basically giving the game up like that? Why not just play some of those guys reduced minutes. You don't see this in other sports unless the team is locked into a particular playoff spot. Even in baseball, you would see a team sitting one or two players, not all of their reliable offensive production.
Hopefully this screws up San Antonio's momentum and makes them lose a lot in the future.
2 years, 5 months ago on Dear critics...
Somebody pointed this out in another thread. After the 11th block, Westbrook quickly tells Ibaka to give the ball to Durant, presumably so that Durant can get to 50. I can't imagine Russ not taking the ball under different circumstances.
2 years, 5 months ago on Videos: KD’s 51, Westbrook’s 40 and Ibaka’s triple-double
@RRRWHOAAAA@Old Man Game@Lost Ones The problem with DC is that, other than maybe the Caps, none of those teams are worth covering specifically. NY, Bos, Dallas, Chi, and LA have super rich sporting traditions. SF has more teams than Boston, Dallas and Chicago, but they don't have their own site.
2 years, 5 months ago on Something something something wow OKC beats Denver 124-118
@Lost Ones@RRRWHOAAAA I just want OKC to get its own designated writer on ESPN. Obviously the big cities have their's. Plus the Heat of the index. Even Denver and Portland have their own writers in Hollinger and Abbot.
I live in Dallas, and my daughter and I had the stomach flu on Monday night into Tuesday all day. Can we get an assist for contributing to the virus epidemic that sidelined Lamar Odom?
2 years, 5 months ago on Thunder survives cold-shooting Mavericks 95-86 in Dallas
Nazr had a tech against the Magic. And let's not forget the raging Ibaka against Vince Carter. That scuffle drew a double tech. I think Durant has also gotten a tech at some point.
2 years, 6 months ago on Westbrook finds redemption in Memphis as OKC wins 100-95
@f5alcon Everybody at ESPN has been going crazy about their great offense. Marc Stein has them ranked 4. The 5-on-5 today had three of the 5 guys putting the Nuggets above the Thunder. Have they already forgotten about last season? The Nuggets had all these great numbers and then got destroyed by the Thunder in the 1st round. The Thunder are better this year, and I'd say the Nuggets are worse this year than last.
2 years, 6 months ago on Thunder Player Power Rankings: KD is code for clutch
@itstheMs@Old Man Game I'm pretty sure that Pippen didn't like being Pippen. From what I've heard, he didn't really like being in Jordan's shadow. I'm sure he loved the rings, but no one can promise Westbrook a ring, much less multiple rings, if he stays 2nd fiddle.
2 years, 6 months ago on Durant steals Westbrook’s thunder as OKC tops Dallas 104-102
@ThunderChick2010@PBL The TNT announcer pointed it out. Though, he thought they were saying "Westbrook."
They ran the play that Royce detailed today twice in the final minutes. It led to a Durant shot and an off-ball foul on Durant's defender when he ran into Westbrook. That thing looks highly successful right now.
You mean... we're allowed to talk about actual basketball today? Thanks, Royce.
2 years, 6 months ago on Film Study: The Thunder’s new crunchtime set
I think Mayberry is the one that blew this whole thing out of proportion. Nobody else knew anything about it until he brought it up. We're all going off of what he said about the situation. If whatever happened was over after coming out of the timeout, how extreme could it have been?
2 years, 6 months ago on This whole thing was about Thabo Sefolosha
The best part about it all is that we're seeing Brooks come up with new offensive plays. There may yet be hope for him
@GAP@jallenmorris@JimboSlice And everyone is calling him out on that. But on a play where he did the right thing, he ends up getting ripped. Going 0-13 did not mean he didn't have any good plays. He had a bad game; he didn't fail 100% of the time. And he is almost never as bad as he was last night.
@OkcBaby@BradTGR@jallenmorris@JimboSlice The point is, he doesn't need to be babied. If he can't take criticism, he needs to get off the court. Same is true for LeBron.
@OkcBaby@BradTGR@jallenmorris@JimboSlice Why does Thabo need help with confidence? Is he in high school? He's a starting NBA SHOOTING guard. Shoot the ball.
@Okcalltheway He was benched once. Two games before that he had a triple double.
About the extension, I think the Thunder have until Jan 5 to extend him. I don't see any indications that they've decided not to. Last year, the came out and said they couldn't agree with Jeff Green. Wait until at least Jan 5 to say that Presti doesn't think he's part of the core.
And no one is saying that this a good thing. The reasonable people are saying that it is no thing.
@[censored] I think it looks like the play was designed for Westbrook to post up, then find whichever was open out of Durant, Harden, and Thabo. He saw Thabo open and passed to him; he should have taken the shot. Thabo lucked out because Allen gambled for the steal and let Durant by him, and Mayo fouled Durant.
@Okcalltheway Because going off of one game is a great idea. Why can't we all wait a few weeks to see how this team plays against more than 3 teams?
Thabo did screw up big time on that play last night. He definitely was wide open. The play fell apart after he passed up the shot. It was chaos and the Thunder only got bailed out when Mayo or whoever fouled Durant.
2 years, 6 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 12.29.11
Now ESPN only has the 'feud' article as a link. Isn't nice that half the people don't even care that THEY WON THE DAMN GAME!!!
2 years, 6 months ago on Westbrook and Durant have altercation, had to be separated
@f5alcon Boston's 0-3. Also, why can't people try and think for a second about having Rondo, Thabo, Ibaka, and Perk on offense all at the same time?
Poor Russ. He shoots and gets ripped by everyone. He passes to Thabo and he still ends up getting roasted. I sure hope he doesn't pay much attention to the media.
Except for Jalen Rose and Doug Gottlieb. Finally, (on Mike and Mike) they talked about how it's not a big deal. Very intelligent conversation between the two.
@SammyThunderer Royce also said 28 minutes. Not sure what he's using for data.
2 years, 6 months ago on KD carries the Thunder to 3-0 as OKC tops Memphis 98-95
@[censored] I wasn't able to watch the game, but I just looked at RW's shot chart. How in the world did he not have a layup attempt all night?
@SammyThunderer@royce Using Ben Wallace shooting a 3-pointer as a comparison to RW shooting an 8-footer is a horrible comparison.
@[censored]@SammyThunderer ESPN's box score says he had 30 mins and Westbrook had 31. I wouldn't mind him having more, but if he's getting the same as Westbook, I don't see how we can complain too much. They have to play #4 in 5 nights tomorrow.
@Sam Presti Trade Ninja Transition game will also probably be a lot harder to base your scoring off of when you're on the 3rd of a back-to-back-to-back. I expect Wade to break down with some significant injury sometime this season. Then what kind of team do they have?
2 years, 7 months ago on Setting the Bar: Player-by-player capsules
Wilbon is being an idiot again. He says that no one in the West can stop the Heat. His only reason for discounting the Thunder is because of the Westbrook-Durant feud BS. Then he spends 1/3 to 1/2 of the article saying that stability (i.e. roster) is the most important factor. It's amazing how not making any roster moves keeps you out of the news during roster moving season. The Thunder are the absolutely most stable team out there. Basically, in the end, the article was just Wilbon continuing his love affair with Rose.
How can you blaspheme the number 35 like that? KD and Charles Craig are ashamed of you.
2 years, 7 months ago on DT Season Preview: 35 statements made with extreme confidence
@f5alcon He'll be a RFA for one year, but after that won't he be unrestricted. He could play for OKC for 2 more years and then go somewhere else. I know he'd probably be giving up a good bit of money, but that's why I asked the question. What's the difference between what he could make here vs. somewhere else... all of that in two years.
2 years, 7 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 12.21.11
I think this is the reason we haven't seen a Westbrook deal done yet. There was no way of knowing what the max could be. I also find it interesting that Rose, an obvious candidate for the special max, just now signed his extension yesterday.
The question now is: what is the comparison between what Westbrook's max extension with us can be and what he can get in FA elsewhere?
Is that Etan Thomas in the back on the left side of the screen. If so, I trust that the decision made was the right one. Either he agreed with the decision or his poetic brilliance and eloquence would have won everyone over.
2 years, 8 months ago on Players reject the league's offer, start process to disband union