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5 days, 15 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 8.27.14
It ought to tell us something about the knowledge of those voting that they selected a trio, none of which, have actually played a single game together. LOL
@Old Man Game True, but I see Abrines as a bigger challenge to whatever role we hope to fit Morrow into. Roberson is pure "D". Any offense you get from him is gravy. Everytime I start thinking about "who fits where", I remember, "Oh yeah...options. Presti is all about options." There is never going to be one clear path.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia
@Old Man Game I like his attitude. If our home-grown shooters don't pan out this year, I think we'll be seeing Abrines in a Thunder uniform before long.
@AlexR44 Eh...Green instead of Noah isn't even in the same league as some of the screw-ups Cleveland has made. Our mistake was one of miscalculation. Potepanko over Nash, Bryant (really?), Peja, or Fish...and Diop over Johnson, Randolph, Parker, or Arenas is, "What the hell were we smoking?" Can you imagine what Presti could have done with the picks Cleveland has had?
@Emergenzy Yeah..."favorites" would be better than "greats". We always cheered when Hash came into games. He's a hard guy not to like.
@Old Man Game I think he just needs more regular minutes. I liked the way Hash played when he was given a chance. He just seems to be one of those guys who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe he just needs some maturity. I loved his antics, but if we're being serious, those aren't professional. I could see him being a solid #2 center for someone once he learns to control his temper and overall demeanor.
@shiki That's pretty much what the article said. Abrines feels he still has a ways to go and thinks he can develop better in Europe. He said he felt the Thunder just wanted him over here so he could get a feel for how they do things. I like that Abrines turned us down. Makes me think: #1 He has a good feel for where he is in his development...#2 He's serious about making the NBA and being a contributor...not just looking for a paycheck...and #3 He has faith he'll get there.
5 days, 22 hours ago on Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia
@GlendaGonzales Even if Adams were asked, I don't think he would have dissed Perk and said he deserved to start ahead of him. It might be true, but I think Stephen would let the coaches be the ones to say that...not him, ya know?
1 week, 1 day ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Phantom slams
@Butterfingers Eh...Texas teams first. The Rockets are NOT better than the Thunder. But maybe the Mavs hate them more, so the quality of the team may have nothing to do with rivalries.
@King of Carrot Flowers the third @Daft_Sober I didn't see what had been posted about the Harden trade, but I could see that being cause for someone getting a "time out". It all depends upon how you talk about it. Rant about it like you're Bill Simmons...and you may get a vacation. This isn't the place for that because most folks on this board understand the reasons behind the trade. May not like 'em...may not totally agree...but we understand.
1 week, 3 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.21.14
@okcjim I'm not sure how much he's been here, but he said he was going to stay in OKC and work on his game. I suspect all the team is taking a breather...to visit family and such. I would expect Steven back before long. Heck, didn't I read where Presti was even in New Zealand with him the other day? lol If so, they're not too worried about what Adams is doing in his off-season so far.
I think every player would like their own team, but if they look around, they might notice that the very best teams don't operate like that entirely. While there may be a player who is a click above, it's really more of a partnership. That's why I never felt like there was a fight between KD and Russ over whose team it was. It wasn't "yours" or "mine"...it was "ours".
1 week, 4 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.21.14
@FckLbJ He'll change KD's ranking once he has to play against him. lol
1 week, 6 days ago on Monday Bolts – 8.18.14
Foot Locker/Nike could have saved themselves a lot of money on this "The Baddest" promotion if they had just run that Rucker Park video instead. 'Nuff said!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Russ, KD and Perk take the Ice Bucket Challenge
@claeys You're right. It was clear from the get-go that this was Dirk's year. Everything he threw anywhere near the basket went in.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Friday Bolts – 8.8.14
@daft_drunk Uh...don't get me started on that video. Not that it's bad...it's actually quite good. But that's the problem...and that's probably all I ought to say.
@GlendaGonzales Those days weren't all that much different than when the Thunder rejoiced at getting Nenad Krstic because we finally picked up a player that other teams wanted, ya know?
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Kevin Durant withdraws from the 2014 World Cup
@GlendaGonzales I'd like to, but my wife isn't a big football fan and following OU/OSU about taps her out. I'd have to watch in my man-cave.
@GlendaGonzales Yep...he was all of those things. "Bullet Bob Hayes"...he was the fastest man alive. Winner of the 100 meter dash (or was it still yards then?) in the Olympics. Played wide receiver at Florida State and the Cowboys got him because there were questions as to how good he was at football. He could beat anybody downfield...whether he actually caught the ball or not was the mystery. lol But, hey...he's faster than any other player and at least some Cowboy player was "the best" at something. That's how desperate we were in those days.
@GlendaGonzales Yeah...I'm old. When we played football in the front yard, we pretended to be LeBaron, Don Perkins, and Lenny Moore. That's how old I am! LOL We were too young to know, "Dude...you're white! Perkins and Moore are black!"
@Teh Ghost of Lamb THESE days they are, but I used to watch every game that aired. It's just that my interest has been whittled down over the last...oh, 50+ years or so.
@GlendaGonzales True, but I think KD is also seeing the "what if's" and feeling the responsibility of being who he is. I think that if we were simply tired from playing the regular season, he would have played for Team USA. But I think KD is also asking himself, "What if Russ' knee doesn't hold up? What if Serge doesn't come back? Am I prepared for that?"...and I think the answer was, "No...not like this." If he were some unknown player, he might be able to pull it off. But he's not...he's freakin' Kevin Durant....so everybody wants a piece of his time. Basically, I guess I'm saying that I suspect this is more mental than physical.
@GlendaGonzales I was telling a friend yesterday that I've almost quit watching the NFL since the Thunder came to town. The Cowboys are the only team I follow and I don't even watch their games the way I used to. My friend said, "Yeah, well...it could be that they suck these days." LOL LOL True...there's that. But I have been a hard-core Cowboy fan since Eddie LeBaron was the quarterback. I can still remember celebrating when we got Bob Hayes because we finally had someone who was better than everyone else at SOMETHING...and that was a moral victory. So the current troubles of the Cowboys are just a speed-bump that will pass in due time.
@Butterfingers I think it was a combination of fatigue after the season and too many irons in the fire....which is pretty much what he said, wasn't it? lol Glenda is right that our bodies don't rebound as well as we age, but that usually doesn't hit until a person gets closer to their 30's and beyond. Still, this past season had to be a huge drain on KD. Lots of injuries, winning another scoring title, and chasing Jordan's mark of consecutive 25 pt games (the hype surrounding that has pretty much been lost in everything else, hasn't it? But it was daily news at the time and a lot of pressure on KD to keep performing). What I like about all of this is KD recognizing that he needs to take a slight step back and re-group. Makes me think that Brooks may not be as dumb as we think when he trusts KD to tap out when it all gets to be too much.
@David Salazar I think you totally missed the point. I'm just pointing out that it is often things beyond our control which decide ALL our fates, good and bad.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Thunder problem-solving
What last year's playoffs showed to me is that a team not only has to be good...it also has to be lucky. Luck helped us get past the Grizzlies...luck determined our series with the Clippers...and luck made us come up short against the Spurs. That's not just true for us, btw...it's true for every team. What if Z-Bo had played the entire series against us? The Griz may have gone on to mow down the Clippers and Spurs...and gone to the finals. Likewise, if the Clippers had made it past the Thunder, they may have taken the Spurs (assuming Parker still gets hurt) and gone to the championship game. And I REALLY think that, with Tony Parker hurting, a full strength Thunder team...had Serge not gotten hurt...could have taken the Spurs. But the Spurs got lucky and caught us with a key player injured, so it offset the injury to their key player. I believe that this "luck" factor is what Presti is acknowledging with his "sustainability" plan. His goal is to keep the Thunder in the thick of the hunt every year and wait for luck to fall our way. Yes...there are other plans that may work for a year or two, but that's not what they're doing here. They're trying to stay in contention from here on out....with KD or without...with Russ or without...etc....
@mattchant @TaoMaas @_patrickshannon Net result? Yeah...probably. Why, do you think the difference between KD and Blake Griffin is just a couple of wins?
1 month ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: PG
@_patrickshannon I think we'd be around the Clippers level. Worse, but not a massive drop.
@Tvaddic Yeah...he might have stayed one more year....tops.
1 month ago on Steven Adams, New Zealand ambassador to America
@GlendaGonzales I'm just saying that it's a bit foolish to try to portray it as a bad thing that the Thunder had someone on their team last year who one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game chose to be the coach of the team he's GMing, ya know? If Phil Jackson thinks Fish is a good person to talk to players, who the f*ck are we to think otherwise?
1 month, 1 week ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Captain KD
@GlendaGonzales So....no team sports, right?
@ThunderWins Wut....we haven't already? WTH?
@GlendaGonzales And...how much organized sports have you really played? LOL
@DCTransplant I would love to have the old Lamar on our team. The current version?....eh, not so much.
Quick note to Nate Scott: Lebron left and won 2 titles....KD left and (if we follow your scenario) came home a loser (assuming OKC doesn't win one). One is a winner returning to do the same in his hometown...the other is a loser, coming home with his tail between his legs. Which side to you really see KD choosing?
1 month, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14
Was busy yesterday so I'm just now getting to comment. That Wilbon/Kornheiser exchange is SO amateur! I know it makes a great story to think that KD will return to D.C....especially when you work for a network that has it's head buried in Lebron's rear end...but I don't think one assistant coach from 10 years ago is going to make one iota of difference. I'm a lot more worried about NYC with Fish, Phil Jackson, Brian Keefe, and Melo. That's a crowd that KD could feel comfortable with...and even moreso if they start winning like Fish and Phil seem to think.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 7.18.14
That's a hell of a gamble. lol You're only risking the success of the franchise if you're wrong.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Thunder assistant coach Brian Keefe joining Knicks
I would worry more about this if they hadn't allowed him to play in Summer League. But since they had the surgery planned...and let him play anyway...that leads me to believe that this surgery wasn't a major area of concern. Even with Perry's history of knee problems, this doesn't strike me as being the typically over-cautious Thunder way. I think it's no big deal.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Perry Jones undergoes an arthroscopic knee procedure
I'm hoping Jackson/Morrow will be a variation of Jackson/Martin...only with a more confident, skilled Reggie and a more consistent shooter as his sidekick.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 7.14.14
@Lost Ones I think losing Keefe may be more important than people think. I also think Fish knew exactly who to go get to help build the Knicks' case for attracting KD when the time comes.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on What the Thunder are adding in Anthony Morrow
Isn't this the guy who has worked with KD, dating back to his Sonics' days? This might be a bigger loss than it appears on the surface.
Edited to add: Yeah, he's who I was thinking of.
"Carlesimo had hired Keefe before the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City, and Brooks kept him on after he succeeded Carlesimo.
"He was the first guy I worked out with for the team," Durant said. "We've just had a close connection since then. Every summer, he works with me. Every practice. Every game, we're together. It's just over the years, I've just gotten more and more comfortable with him. And it's hard for me to open up to people that easy, so it took a while. But he gets on me.'"
@ashar00f Too bad Fish is trying to build a team of his own these days, otherwise the simplest thing would be to just have Pau talk to Fish about what it's like to play for the Thunder.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Summer Thoughts: Thunder 98, Nets 84
I agree with Royce that Perry's handle looks much improved and that he's being more assertive. Now, if he can just continue this into the regular season, we may have something! When Perry attacks the basket, to me, he looks a step quicker and more athletic than everyone else. I think that's always been there, but he lacked faith in his abilities. I also agree with Royce about Adams. He looks like he doesn't really belong. And truthfully...he doesn't. LOL
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Summer Thoughts: 76ers 84, Thunder 73
@Julius F Wrek I have a hard time believing that another team is so hot-to-trot on Lin that they'll sit still on a deal with Houston until Houston can see if they get Melo or Lebron. If it's true, they must be selling Lin for dirt-cheap.
2 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: White Thunder
@GlendaGonzales Get over yourself! LOL You aren't a fraction of what you think you are! Nobody gives a rats ass about what you used to be! LOL LOL I was simply commenting on those who think McGary testing positive for pot was some big negative. There were 3 names listed in my reply, but you think it's aimed at you. Get a f*ckin' clue!
@GlendaGonzales @GREENE1148 @International Man of Mystery
Jeez...it's not like McGary is Michael Beasley! And even if he does smoke...so what? Frankly, I kinda think KD does, too. Presti doesn't really gamble, so I think he's done his homework on this one and had decided that it wasn't an issue.
I don't think Miami has anything we need more than Perk. At this point, we've weathered the storm of Perk's contract and are on the downhill side. Plus, we may have already seen how best to use him and Adams in the post-season.
2 months, 1 week ago on Report: Pat Riley and the Heat want Kendrick Perkins
@Durantacula "Why would you leave a championship contending team that is set up to compete for another 8+ years for a team that is unproven?"
That's what I keep asking! So Fish is in NYC. Good for him. Uncle Jeff is in Boston, the Beard is in Houston, and KD is from the D.C. area. All are things KD likes...like the Knicks, none are title contenders. I think a lot of this speculation is just wishful thinking.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Bolts – 6.12.14
@GlendaGonzales Not even a doorknob with 35+ years of media experience? LOL Yeah...