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@ThunderWins@shiki Wouldn't it be great if Hakeem Olajuwon was available as an assistant coach? The guy could teach Ibaka how to be a great defender and teach KD how to be even deadlier in the post. Unfortunately, other than his Big Man Camp, the Dream seems content being away from the game. Just some wishful thinking haha

2 years, 9 months ago on A whole lot happened in OKC’s 112-100 loss to the Clippers

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Agreed. I've seen him put up a couple of bricks and at other times turn it over because he didn't keep an eye on the double-team coming. If he wants the ball in the low post he should try get position lower and closer to the basket rather than slowly backing down his defender. He also needs to be more careful with setting picks, I've seen him called for multiple offensive fouls while setting screens for the guards and KD. Otherwise, he's doing very well. Defensively he's doing a stellar job. @courtsense

2 years, 9 months ago on The Thunder's exciting and annoying developments this season

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As soon as the game slows down and it becomes a halfcourt game there are many moments I just want to hurl my monitor across the room when watching the Thunder's atrocious spacing and lack of offensive sets. While I absolutely love seeing Russell Westbrook with the ball in transition, watching him in the halfcourt often makes me want to bang my head against the wall. I personally think if the other team stops a Thunder fast break and we're forced to play halfcourt, they should make either Harden or Maynor the primary ball-handler. Funny enough, Westbrook is actually a good off-ball player so having him play off-guard with his freakish athleticism will cause opposing defenses fits. I doubt there is anyone in the league who could keep up with him if he starts cutting to the basket off-ball or zigzagging through screens. @ThunderChick2010

2 years, 10 months ago on Oklahoma City survives in Minnesota, 104-100

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If anything, it should be the other way around. The Heatles are liable to have another massive choke in the 4th quarter of Finals' games. If Thunder v Heat goes 7 games, KD will show up on the court but not so sure about his Heat counterpart :P @gr8ball83

2 years, 10 months ago on DT Season Preview: 35 statements made with extreme confidence

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A post game is the one missing thing in his offensive repertoire. If he bulks up just a little more and gets that locked down, who knows? He might really become the best ever as Andre Iguodala quipped during FIBA. Now before anyone bashes me for blasphemy against the great MJ, I just want to put it out there: KD is a more complete player than Jordan was at the age of 23. The potential is there, though admittedly MJ has set the bar rather ridiculously high. @OkcBaby

2 years, 10 months ago on DT Season Preview: 10 season storylines to watch

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True, it would be incredibly awkward, especially for a star like CP3. But going back to New York, if they have any certainty of being able to have CP3 commit to them, they'll probably just dump Amar'e somewhere to clear space for CP3. Frankly Amar'e and Melo don't mesh too well on the offensive end as they are both high post face-up players. Furthermore, on the defensive end, having two matadors is hardly comforting. A trio of Melo, CP3 and Chandler would be more effective than the current trio. Seeing how heartlessly they amnestied Billups, I wouldn't put New York above ditching Amar'e somewhere for Paul. It's just how the business goes I guess. @Daniel Hawaii

2 years, 10 months ago on The best pictures from Thunder media day

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It's only worth it if CP3 stays with the Clippers and also stays healthy. Eric Gordon is a future all-star and would've more likely committed long term to the Clips. CP3 on the other hand has been known to be all buddy buddy with Melo etc so chances of him leaving are pretty high. I bet you if New York manages to get themselves in a better situation in 2012-13, CP3 will bolt for sure in free agency. If he leaves, and with no Gordon around, Griffin will have no reason to stick around. In conclusion, Hornets > Clippers in this trade. The Clipper jinx looks likely to continue. @Daniel Hawaii @beardjr

2 years, 10 months ago on The best pictures from Thunder media day

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I actually quite like the Thunder's chances to be first seed this time. Lakers are trying to adjust to a new system and roster changes on the fly while the Mavs are also going to struggle with personnel adjustments and a defense without Tyson Chandler. Unless Popovic pulls off something crazy with the Spurs again Thunder should be No. 1 this time. @Steve H @JimboSlice @f5alcon @THUNDERCATS

2 years, 10 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 12.14.11

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The current Clippers look pretty impressive actually. A starting line-up of Chauncey Billups (claimed from New York amnesty waiver), Eric Gordon, Caron Butler, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan/Chris Kaman is probably the most notable Clipper line-up I've seen to date. Unless they get bitten by the Portland injury bug or have some monumental screw-up they should be a playoff team this year. @Hype_don

2 years, 10 months ago on Should James Harden start?

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Rookie Reggie Jackson will be an intriguing option on the bench. He's 6'3 but has a ridiculous 7'0 wingspan and he also has some crazy athleticism. He'll be a project but with his tools and marked improvement from his freshman year to his sophomore year I think he shows a lot of promise. Will be interesting how he fits into the rotation. @Grolgar

2 years, 11 months ago on Thunder not pursuing Battier yet?

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I think Ibaka can develop into that pick and pop option for the Thunder if he continues to develop his J. He's just 22 so he's got a while to go and his J at the moment isn't all that bad. I know he's never going to be a 16-20ppg kind of guy but I think we tend to overlook his offensive potential because of his role as a defensive stalwart. Making more use of Ibaka's talents and inserting Harden in the starting line-up alongside Westbrook could give the Thunder more spacing and creativity on offense. @DaveSiegerExpress

2 years, 11 months ago on The more Westbrook, the better

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I do agree that Ibaka should prioritize defense over offense but during the playoffs against the Mavs I couldn't help but notice on offense that the Thunder were bust if KD couldn't get to his sweet spots (Marion physically pushing him out to the perimeter) or if Russell's penetration got nullified because of a clogged up paint. The reason the Mavs D worked was because they didn't have to take Ibaka, Perkins and Sefalosha seriously on offense. If Ibaka can develop and reliably knock down that J in the future at say, LaMarcus Aldridge's level, and Harden gets swapped in for Sefalosha, it'll really help with spacing which is key for utilizing KD and Russell.@Keith00 @Jax Raging Bile Duct

2 years, 11 months ago on Thunder to play the Magic in OKC on Christmas

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As much as I like Thabo's D and energy, I think Harden should get the starting job. It'll help the Thunder's offense and help Harden reach his potential with more playing time. As for bench scoring, I'm thinking Presti drafted Reggie Jackson to take over that load from Harden.@f5alcon

2 years, 11 months ago on Friday Bolts – 12.2.11

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Daequan is younger and doesn't have a history of injuries so he'll be much more effective than Miller for the price he'll demand. If we finally start Harden instead of Thabo at the 2 Thabo can move to the 3 behind KD on the bench since he's tall and athletic enough for the position. Daequan can then move back to the 2 on the bench which is his natural position. Otherwise pairing up Reggie Jackson with Maynor as the bench backcourt could also be an interesting experiment. @deleted_1998213_Don'tStoptheSergeing

2 years, 11 months ago on Friday Bolts – 12.2.11

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I also agree with this. I don't see any need to blow up a painstakingly well-crafted team to bring in Howard or Paul without giving the current guys some more time to reach their potential. Russell is still very young so I'd take my chances with him rather than Paul with shaky knees. In my opinion, I think Russell's current play style and mindset can be changed to benefit the team and what he really needs is for the coaching staff to get more creative with the offense playbook. They need to come up with sets not just for KD or Russell isolation but also for Serge and Harden which will vary the offense. We already have the pieces, it's really just about using and developing them.@Fezzy

2 years, 11 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 12.1.11

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Dwight's already made it known he wants to play for a big market team if he doesn't stay with the Magic. So if he gets a sign and trade or enter free agency I'm pretty sure OKC will not be on his radar. We should probably just focus on the talent we already have. Perkins seems to have recovered his form over the offseason so if he performs at the level he used to we'll have decent production from the 5 spot. I'm more intrigued though with Serge Ibaka's potential. He's improved continuously and he's got the tools to be a much more potent offensive option since he can shoot a midrange J and also finish at the rim with his monstrous jams. If the Thunder develop his offense more and then design some plays for him (pick & roll/pop) I can see Ibaka being a 12-15ppg kind of guy easy. That'll give us more options and create more opportunities for KD and the others. @C-Wil

2 years, 11 months ago on Thunder to play the Magic in OKC on Christmas

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I know for sure the Magic would kill to have that extra amnesty lol. If they can get rid of the overpaid duo of Gilbert Arenas and Hedo Turkoglu they can actually sign on legit talent with which they can persuade Dwight Howard to stay put. Phoenix would also probably love it so they can get rid of Hakim Warrick and Josh Childress if they want to free up cap space for Summer 2012. @Daniel Hawaii @SteveThunderfan

2 years, 11 months ago on Report: Thunder and Nate Robinson working on a buyout

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This isn't all that surprising. Reggie Jackson is a younger 6"3 version of Nate. He's got hops, a decent shot and can pass well enough. Nate's a great character but he just doesn't really fit into the scheme of things with the Thunder. He's not old enough to be left rotting on the bench so this is one good thing the Thunder can do for him.

2 years, 11 months ago on Report: Thunder and Nate Robinson working on a buyout

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