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@M V P Of course we did...but it would have been unprecedented...and would have come against a veteran squad who had the greatest player of the recent times. It wasn't just Brooks.
2 days, 11 hours ago on Sam Presti: Change is sometimes necessary
@Legendary_Dork And he won at a rate higher than almost any coach not named Popovich. lol What do you want?
@M V P Dude....the Heat beat EVERYBODY...not just us. Plus, Harden didn't show up. We weren't going to win under those circumstances no matter if we rotated in Kareem!
@_stache Yeah, but to quote Dr. Phil...."How's that workin' out for you?" Next season will tell the tale.
@M V P I don't think 2012 had anything to do with it. If your criteria is winning a championship with the youngest team in NBA history, then that leaves out pretty much every coach who ever worked in the NBA, doesn't it?
@nowthatsThunderBball Oh no...it wasn't just this year. But it was obvious the Thunder needed to change some things. And while Brooks was trying to do that, I don't think he got good enough results for Presti to believe this would be a new trend moving forward, ya know? Now...if Scotty had managed to get this patched-together Thunder squad to 6th or 7th in the West....he may have gotten a reprieve.
"I did not feel we were in a position to make another long-term commitment based on what I felt was simply a natural need for transition.”
I think that's it in a nutshell. Presti simply wasn't willing to gamble another 3-4 years on Brooks given what he'd seen up to that point. That's not to say that Brooks couldn't have provided that transition that Presti was talking about because my feeling is that we'd seen quite a bit of evolution in Scotty this year. He tried a BUNCH of line-ups and rotations...but unfortunately his contract was coming up for renewal during a "make or break" year for the Thunder. It's a case of...too little, too late.
#5 What you talkin' about, Willis? On the worst star-crossed season the Thunder have ever had...they get a top 3 pick? Nah...we're gettin' squat....and liking it! LOL Why? Because we don't need a single freakin' thing besides "health".
1 week, 1 day ago on Five thoughts on it being over, and what’s next
And most likely one of the two will be playing for a championship this year.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Down To Dunk: Amin Elhassan on the Thunder
The Kevin Pelton article makes a good point and also shows why the Thunder could be an x-factor in the playoffs. Right now, our problem is defense. Even without KD, Serge, and Nick the Thunder are scoring as well or better than they ever have. Their problem is that their opponents are scoring even better. lol So, if we could get back Serge, Nick, and Dre...up our defense...and still maintain this level of scoring...we'd start winning a lot more games, I think.
Also, Patrick from The Lost Ogle needs to get over it and start thinking about what he'd do if KD opts to leave. Besides pitching a hissy fit, I mean. Prepare for the worst...hope for the best. I disagree with his point that Thunder management values profits over winning. I think they value being smart with their money, but not more than winning. Anyone who thinks the Thunder management is cheap, rather than smart, only needs to look at the Brooklyn Nets. Anyone prefer to have them as our home team rather than the Thunder? LOL
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Tuesday Bolts – 4.7.15
I think the Thunder are "hoping" for a playoff spot this year...and thinking that KD and Serge might be back in time to make a run. I'm not sure there's any sensible NBA fan who wouldn't rule out this current Thunder roster, provided everyone is healthy and pain-free for the playoffs. All a team can do is what's best for the long-term interests of the players (because they're the life-blood of the team) and the team. I like that the Thunder seem to be willing to sacrifice short term goals for the sake of the player. I think that will pay dividends down the road in our "post-KD....post-Russ....post-Serge" years. We'll be able to use our proven strengths of drafting well...and combine that with older players who will come here for a title chance, knowing we'll treat them right.
1 month ago on Kevin Durant held out of practice, panic ensues
I'm in the NPPA workshop all week so I only have time for a a drive-by posting, but first off....Royce could have titled this as our "Year in Review" and still been accurate. LOL Second...as we did with Thabo before, I think we do a disservice to Andre by parking him in the corner and asking him to shoot 3s. Dre and Thabo both sucked at shooting 3s. Well, actually, the problem was that they didn't hit enough to make teams worry...outside of that one span where Thabo was hot. But they both excel at slashing to the basket. If I were Brooks (and I'm not), I'd be telling Andre to cut to the basket every time his guy took his eyes off him for even a micro-second. Dre's defender can pretty much forget about him as a corner shooter. But as a finisher around the basket? That's about a 30% difference in scoring ability! Nail a couple of easy lobs to the basket and suddenly Dre's defender has to pay attention to him....and that's what we want.
1 month, 1 week ago on Week in Review: Hey, more injuries!
@hamfists If we had Mosgov, Haywood, Thompson, and Varejao, we probably would have used Perk that way.
1 month, 1 week ago on Down To Dunk: David Thorpe
@King of Carrot Flowers the KA KAW The Thunder aren't Batman & Robin so much as they are the freakin' Justice League. KD is Superman and Russ is Batman.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Westbrook trip-dubs again, Thunder beat the Raptors 108-104
@weActuallyTradedPerkToBeOurInsideMan With his mask, Russ looks a bit like a Ninja Turtle theses days.
@Raven0829 Rightfully so, I might add.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Westbrook and Durant talk about their injuries
@harmlesslyfatal [[#RW0 4 MVP]] @TaoMaas @King of Carrot Flowers the KA KAW Pfffttt...I was never in! LOL
@King of Carrot Flowers the KA KAW Fight Club, of course.
@b1walker I agree that we had our key in KD, but getting Russ, Green, Harden, and Serge put us over the top in terms of building a serious competitor.
Edited to add: To be honest, the two players I was happiest to see us add during our rebuilding years were Nenad and Thabo...and later, Perk. We were so freakin' young then, we were desperate for help.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 3.4.15
"...OKC saw a surge from Serge..." LOL...nice.
Crazy Russ is good. Might be even scarier than usual.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Down To Dunk: Who’s the Thunder’s shooting guard?
Guys wear face-masks all the time for injuries to the face. Is there a rule that says a player has to wear a clear face-mask? I know Lebron wore a black one and was asked to stop. What if Russ wore a flaming skull? Or a Hannibal Lecter mask? What's the scariest thing you'd hate to see screaming down the court at full speed if you were a defender?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Russell Westbrook undergoes surgery for face fracture
@Di_charden "Coaches can't play the game."
That ought to be embedded into the header for this board. lol
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Suns snap OKC’s seven-game streak, 117-113 (OT)
@Di_charden I wish I had your foresight. I didn't think the Suns had this much fight left in them. Oh well...I wasn't crazy enough to think we'd win them all.
@ruggles_jestbrook What I saw was that Len was too tall...and that Kanter doesn't finish as well as Adams in really heavy traffic. I'm not hoppin' off the Kanter bandwagon...just saying that he has vulnerabilities.
@Divine Mortal So you're saying that Bledsoe = Russ? Really?
"Westbrook and Markieff Morris picked up double-techs. If you’ll remember, Westbrook got tossed in the last Thunder-Suns game."
My personal take is that Markieff is just one of those players who gets under Russ' skin with his yappin'. Not sure why...but it's personal. The best answer to that is to beat the yapper into submission..."Check the scoreboard, homie...you're still down by 20!" LOL Everytime down the court, Russ should have told Markieff, "We could walk off the court now and you'd still be sniffin' our ass...which is about right for your team."
@_justin Yeah...I don't think so. It's a matter of personalities. Perk said as much recently. He was talking about how young KD and Russ were when he came to the team and how they were ready to lead now. Then he singled out Russ and said, "Russ especially". I agree. Russ is the PG. Isn't he supposed to lead the team? As much as we love KD, I'm thinking his personality is to lead by example. That's great and very valuable with a player of KD's stature, but you need someone more vocal to really take charge. More and more, I'm coming to appreciate how Russ approaches things. He knows he's the voice, but he doesn't think he's "the man", ya know? Russ knows he's the conductor, but not the best player in the orchestra.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on HammBag – Post-trade deadline edition
@GlendaGonzales How many times do we need to hear KD and Russ say, "One game at a time" before we accept it?
@GlendaGonzales If Russ and DJ (and Russ and Reggie before that) can share time on the floor and trade off who's running the offense, why not Russ and KD? This is a problem 99% of the rest of the NBA wishes they had.
@ThunderWins Who did we have that could out-play Bosh on the interior? I'm just saying that we lost for a LOT of reasons...not just Perk. Perk is just a convenient target. Their 3 pt shooting was devastating...we were too young overall....we made bad adjustments. It was our first trip there and we were going against a very good veteran trio. It should be noted that it took a text-book performance from one of the great "teams" of this era, who had a first ballot Hall of Fame PF, to get the job done against the Heat.
@ThunderWins I'm saying we got killed by their 3-pt shooters. Yes, Perk got beat inside, but that wasn't the primary problem. Perimeter defense was.
@_justin What...are you saying we're being a wee bit optimistic for an 8th seed? LOL
@ThunderWins Sorry...not convinced that's entirely true. I think there's more blame to go around than placing it on one person...even though that's the common opinion.
@ThunderWins We get killed on the perimeter, but you're convinced our problem was in the paint? I think we didn't do well in either area and that's why we lost.
@Old Man Game If it's more offense from the center that you're crediting, you might want to give a nod to Adams' broken hand, too, since that's who Kanter has replaced.
Right...and that's why Lebron's current super-team jumped on Perk the instant he was available. They just felt sorry for him. lol
@holymosesmalone Not too worried about the Warriors in a 7-game series. We have enough shooters to hang in a jump-shooting game and enough bigs to beat them up inside.
@FF_pickups LOL That's probably a wise thing to do.
@FF_pickups Maybe it's a combination of guys. KD has played him well in the past, as has Perry. I haven't followed him, but how has Singler faired against Lebron? Same as most of the rest of the league? lol I'm not all that focused on Lebron because I think we have the better "team" these days...especially if the Thunder can keep doing what they've been doin'.
@DanielLawler @TaoMaas @FF_pickups Right! Slow down Lebron, shut down his help, and we ought to win. I think Russ can handle Kyrie. I think Love may be a problem, though, in that scenario.
@DanielLawler @FF_pickups You don't shut down Lebron any more than you shut down KD or Russ. You shut down the role players so there's no help.
Grantland appears to be a gathering point for clueless idiots. Geez...
2 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 2.24.15
@nzoldager I think McGary needs to ride through on a unicycle.
2 months ago on Monday Bolts – 2.23.15
@Slim Reaper (#333333Faction) I don't think the Thunder would have made the trade if they didn't feel pretty good about being able to re-sign Kanter. Just my gut feeling on it.
2 months ago on Fun Thunder have fun and stomp the Nuggets, 119-94
Some writers give the Thunder an "A" for their trades...another one gives them a "D" for the same trades. And they all get pissed off when KD says they don't know sh*t about the game. LOL
2 months ago on Friday Bolts – 2.20.15
That's what most of us would say. I just don't think KD sees it that way and I think it's also why KD will stay in OKC. He's got an MVP level partner here in OKC and that might not be the case elsewhere. I think KD and Russ are tied together. They'll both stick around as long as the other is here...provided we field competitive teams as we have so far.
2 months ago on Russell Westbrook: Rather win than lead my own team
Russ' comments kinda confirm what I've felt all along. I don't think he and KD look at the Thunder as "his" team or "my" team. They think it's "their" team...and they'd be right. Also, watching how often Harden was seen at the All Star game, chatting it up with KD and/or Russ, I couldn't help but wonder if the The Beard might find his way back to OKC after his contract is up. There's definitely still seems to be some love there.
@BangBangThunder Honestly? I think there'll be some drop off because he's still very hesitant to shoot. But I'm going to think positive and believe he's turned the corner and can maintain this.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Durant lights the Nuggets as OKC keeps climbing, 124-114
@FF_pickups You're right about his conditioning, but it didn't help playing in Denver last night. He looked better against the Clippers.