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I don't think Vogel is the one who lost the locker room. I think Bird did it when he traded Granger.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 4.23.14
There's sane folks here?
2 days, 4 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 4.22.14
@GREENE1148 The Big "O" was the MAN! How many "all time best" stats are we going to see him in?
4 days, 4 hours ago on Thunder ambush the Grizzlies early, but have to hang on for Game 1
@ifthatswatusaybruh To quote Pop..."Reggie Jackson kicked our ass."
@Sustainable Parameters Honestly, I think the Thunder's woes are due to feeling themselves too much, too. Luckily, we seem to be doing a better job of coping than the Pacers.
Regarding Bynum...I don't believe a person has to play to have an impact on morale. Hash doesn't play, but do you think he has a positive or negative impact on the team's morale? I'm not putting all the Pacers' problems on Bynum. I'm just wondering if his bad attitude...and he does have a bad attitude...is feeding the problems they're already having .
@Lasch Too cool for Thunder shirts? I don't think so! Does that guy really look too cool to you? LOL Last night, they took a shot of someone who wasn't wearing the playoff shirt and we were all yelling at the screen. Hey...you're either with us or against us.
4 days, 5 hours ago on Thunder ambush the Grizzlies early, but have to hang on for Game 1
@Sustainable Parameters I just think that sometimes a dominant person can create an environment of bitching or playing through adversity, ya know?
I used to tell my boss, "Certain people are going to lead your staff, whether you like it or not. Your job is to make sure that you favor those who lead them in the direction you want them to go because peers have a lot more sway than you."
@Sustainable Parameters That's one of the things we learned last night. She's the first woman to ever coach a men's professional basketball team.
@Sustainable Parameters But weren't those all things the Pacers were handling prior to Bynum's arrival?
@Sustainable Parameters "Did anybody see Nancy Lieberman last night?" Yeah, we watched her post-game analysis. I have to admit, I didn't really know who she was when she first got this gig. The husband of the couple we were watching the game with decided to google her after the game. Holy crap! That woman has some SERIOUS credentials! We're lucky to have her doing our games.
@bmuelle23 The Heat have the easiest road to the second round. Lucky bass-turds.
@d21 Is it a coincidence that the Pacers' mental problems started shortly after they picked up Bynum?
@AndreBroberson That's not good. The Griz need everything they've got in order to be able to handle to Thunder.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: 168
@dollarbillrussell I think you're right as far as the regular rotation goes, but I'd like to see them used in situational minutes. To ignore them is to ignore one of the Thunder's trump cards going into these playoffs, I believe.
5 days, 7 hours ago on Grizzlies-Thunder series preview and prediction
@Old Man Game Depends upon how far we could move up. I don't have a specific number in mind, but it would have to be pretty high for me to give up on Jeremy. I think Lamb could be a huge contributor for the Thunder, but I also think he's one of those guys who could have a much bigger role on a team that wasn't one of the two best in the NBA, ya know? Just depends upon whether he wants minutes or ringz. That's a call that can only be made if someone knows him on a more personal level than us.
@OSBC Lez go...lez go...lez go...(said in my best Serge voice)
5 days, 8 hours ago on Grizzlies-Thunder series preview and prediction
@Old Man Game I think that Nets/Raptors series may be one of the best, going in. I kinda want the Nets to win because I think Pierce and Garnett have a grudge against the Heat...and anybody that hates the Heat is a friend of mine. LOL
@Theoo Rookie. I think we'll see something more next year. I think Adams will be make a bigger impact as a young player than anyone since the KD, Russ, Green, Harden, Serge days. He'll be a bigger factor than Reggie, I believe.
@Old Man Game Am I supposed to go out to dinner with you and your wife tonight? You sound just like one of my best friends. LOL He never was sold on Cole, either.
Since the playoffs are beginning, is it time to start using our Butler avatars? I'm going with Rhett Butler and adopting his line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" Seems pretty close to Russ', "Why not?"
@C-Wil I have a friend who is mostly a baseball watcher, but who has started following the NBA because my wife and I are such fanatics. He calls the Grizzlies the "Blue Bears", based on their logo. I kinda like that. Think I may adopt it for the series.
@dollarbillrussell I agree, but disagree. I agree that a lot of Lamb's inconsistency has to do with playing time. Some people need to be thrust into a job and given the freedom to succeed or fail...and know that they're not going to be yanked if they screw up here and there. I think Lamb may be one of those guys. I don't think his strength is going to be seen in situational use. So, in that respect, I disagree. I think we've seen enough of Lamb to know what he is or can be. I just think that no amount of playing time this past season would have turned him into someone that can always be counted on in limited minutes, when he has no idea if or when those minutes may come. Basically, I think that to get the most out of Lamb, we need to play him regular minutes as faithfully as we do Reggie, Fish, Nick, etc... Sticking him in here and there will always be a crapshoot as to whether he's on or off that night, but if given the chance to contribute a set amount of minutes every game without fail, I think he'll amount to a big plus over the course of a season.
@Old Man Game That's what I figured. Didn't see the games...just the stats...and I was saying, "WTF?"
5 days, 9 hours ago on Grizzlies-Thunder series preview and prediction
@Oboy Adams is a sneaky dirty player, although I think he gave an interview a few weeks back where he said he was just doing what his coaches told him to do out there. Really, he's no dirtier than one of ESPN's Golden Boys, Blake Griffin. He's just doing the same kind of pushing, jersey holding, arm hooks that Blake does every game. The biggest difference is that Blake is a whiner when he gets caught and Steven isn't.
I've been out of pocket the last few days, so maybe I missed it, but what is the deal with Cole? Two double-doubles? Where was this guy when he was with the Thunder? Is this an end-of-season fluke against back-ups or a case of big men developing slowly?
@Legendary_Dork @NZ_Salmon I think all our newer guys...Reggie, Lamb, Perry, Adams, Dre, and even Caron...have the potential to be X-factors in the right situation. I like our chances this post-season.
The Grizzlies ARE good...but the Thunder are much, much better. We shouldn't let Mike Miller give them false hope. Every time Miller comes into the game, we ought to stick Perry Jones on him and tell him to stick to Miller like glue and contest every shot. Russ, KD, and Serge can handle the rest.
6 days, 6 hours ago on Friday Bolts – 4.18.14
Thanks for the afternoon laugh, Lambo. LOL
1 week, 1 day ago on Wednesday Bolts – 4.16.14
I have to give props to whoever created this spot for saying, "OKC"...and not "Oak City".
1 week, 5 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Amazing is happening
Looks like it probably should have been basket interference on Lebron anyway. He grabs the rim with his left hand just as he's being blocked.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Thunder take care of the Kings, 107-92
@TheresABabyFaceUnderMyBeard Not sure. Might be one of those new flavors of Cheetos.
@Durantacula @JoBloggs We've had some pretty damned good rookies on this team...Russ, Harden, Serge, and our current crop. How many of them started more than Adams has as rookies?
@TheresABabyFaceUnderMyBeard For me, it's not a knock against Adams that he's not Perk's equal as a communicator yet. Serge isn't either, as far as that goes. I definitely think Steven will get there at some point, though. He's certainly talkative enough. lol He just needs more experience and to get to the point where the game starts to slow down for him. This is probably the one area where his lack of college experience is hampering him, IMO. It's not that I think Perk is a defensive genius. I just think he's doing what he was taught...and he learned from one of the best in Kevin Garnett. I also think Garnett is where a large part of Perk's "no bullsh*t" attitude came from. I think Adams is getting similar lessons on the court when he's out there with Collison. We just need to be patient. It'll happen.
@JoBloggs "So can someone remind me of the intangibles that make up for the deficit?"
Sure...communication on defense. Perk is vastly better at it than Steven at this point. Anything else you want to know? Btw...in his pre-game interview, KD said that communication is exactly what has been bothering the team on defense and the primary thing they needed to do better.
@Mr_F I agree that KD was out of it. His body language sucked late in the game as he could feel the game and his streak slipping away. However, KD being KD, when he finally hit that 3 to tie Jordan, I really expected the lifting of that burden to elevate his game and have him go on a short streak to put the Rockets away. Spoiled? Who, me? I mean, just because I expect KD to tie legends and work miracles on a back-to-back after beating the hottest team in the NBA, wth? lol
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Durant gets his points, but Rockets get the win, 111-107
@AIaska MVP, bro!
@YoniK Congratulations! Enjoy every minute of it. They grow up faster than you can imagine.
@Durantacula Coming on a back-to-back after our game with the Spurs...missing 3 starters...and still almost pulling it out, this loss was a lot easier for me to take than some of the dumb ones earlier, like the loss to the Lakers.
LOL True! But every one of those promos they run means that's a commercial they didn't sell. I find it hard to believe that they couldn't sell all the time in a Thunder/Spurs game. I hope this doesn't become an "every game" thing.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Thunder vs. Rockets: Pregame Primer
What was the deal with all the Fox News promos in last night's game? It became a little too much for me so we switched to TNT for a big chunk of the game.
It was totally accidental.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Friday Bolts – 4.4.14
@Perk has a lot of value
That's because they used to be able to beat us.
We decided last night that it's no wonder Hasheem Thabeet is so happy all the time. He has the best job in basketball! All he has to do is work out every day, sit in a courtside seat for every Thunder game and cheer...and get paid over $1 mil per year! THAT'S the job I want!
Slightly off-topic, but I loved it when Wiggins said, "If I could do it all over again, I would"...and you heard, "You can!" from off-camera. LOL
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Wednesday Bolts – 4.2.14
On their ability to hire a capable GM, as well as spend money wisely.
You'd think we'd get high marks for having one of the elite teams, but doing it while keeping costs in check. When did "value" become a bad thing?
I wonder if that would have happened if they thought they had a real shot at signing Harden. I think they knew this was coming and that's why they were shopping him around before the season was even over.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on A few thoughts on #FrontOfficeRank
A. Even if we had moved Harden into the starting line-up, it would have been too much money at the wrong position, considering we already had KD and Russ on board...and we may or may not have signed Serge once we allocated that much money to The Beard.
@Di_Charden The only way they don't resign is if the Thunder become non-players in the championship hunt. I don't see that happening. Rather than leaving, I could see KD and/or Russ becoming more "Kobe-esque" in publicly voicing their opinions about management, personnel, and coaching choices. But really...I think management here will do a model job of keeping their core players happy and continuing to make this one of the premier franchises in the NBA.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoon: Airport memories
@ThunderMoneyBall I think we'll finish our run about in the same place as the Spurs. We might gain a game or so, but we're not going to run the table and overtake them. Frankly, I think this season for us has been fairly "Spurs-like", in that we've dealt with problems all year and look to gel just in time for a post-season run.