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@mrichards86 With a healthy Bogut, they're great. Without him, they're good. His health is inconsistent, so they alternate between great and good.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 2.5.15
I've never gotten the sense that Marc Stein likes the Thunder or Westbrook in particular. (He strikes me as something of a Mavs fanboy, which may be because he's based in Dallas.) Anyhow, his comment about Russ seems strange and superfluous.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 11.5.14
@nomad Probably not, but we're also kind of due aganst them.
11 months, 1 week ago on Practice Report: Russell Westbrook gets honest about defense
To Mayberry's point, it's a little sad that the Thunder's slump has overshadowed the fact that Westbrook is BACK. I mean, for a while there, it seemed like his career was in jeopardy because of his knee. (Maybe it still is, but let's not think about that.) But, even if the Thunder are still working it out, it's so awesome that RW doesn't appear to have lost a step. Given everything, he could (a) be a heck of a lot rustier or (b) remain on the sidelines (ala Derrick Rose). Instead, he's been pretty damn good.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 3.14.14
Zach Lowe is the best NBA writer out there. Real analysis, investigation, and thought; little hype.
1 year, 7 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.30.13
Holy crap: the lady who finds her dog video. So moving.
Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way, Oklahoma.
1 year, 9 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 5.21.13
@f5alcon @divisadero When? He didn't want to talk about an extension during the season, which usually means a player wants $$$ in free agency, which he'll probably get. He's a good starting PG but a great off-the-bench PG, if that makes sense. I mainly like his attitude, which is what the W's need and is often undervalued.
1 year, 9 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.16.13
Noticed that somebody in ESPN's 5-on-5 mentioned OKC picking up Jarrett Jack next year.
As a Ws fan first and foremost, I sincerely hope they can keep him although it's looking doubtful. As much as I like Reggie, JJ is awesome and would be a big upgrade. He's a lot like RW in that he just brings it every night. He keeps the energy level and production up with the second team but fits in very well with the first team. He's not afraid to take big shots, yet he's a great and generally unselfish teammate. I never really followed him before, but he became one of my favorite players this year. Anyhow, OKC probably won't pick him up as he'll demand a starter's salary and it doesn't seem like they could afford both Martin and JJ, but it would be really fun if the did. Y'all would love him.
Houstonians mocking others about being overweight is about as rich as the Dairy Queen double-fudge cookie dough blizzards the average Houstonian drinks like tap water.
[Fun Fact: Houston is consistently one of America's most obese cities. E.g., http://www.mensfitness.com/training/lose-weight/the-fittest-and-fattest-cities-in-america.]
1 year, 10 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 5.1.13
I'm afraid your stock has taken a small hit, Oklahoma. http://www.thelostogle.com/2013/04/12/thanks-to-mary-fallin-do-you-realize-is-no-longer-our-official-state-rock-song/
1 year, 10 months ago on Thunder vs. Blazers: Pregame Primer
Good to see Russ getting some attention. It can't be easy playing in a small market, being #2 on your own team, and being routinely vilified by certain media members.
1 year, 10 months ago on Durant third, Westbrook 12th in jersey sales
I hate it when I troll myself by seeing what the Denver Stiffs are saying before, during, or after such games. Hatin'st haters in all Haterdom. They are collectively like an unfunny Silky Johnson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N5p8IXzNdc
1 year, 11 months ago on Nuggets vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
(1) I like that KD is stepping up his vocab game (i.e., "verbatim" and "rescinded").
(2) Not that I know all that much about hard drugs, but I'm pretty sure "heroin" is a poor pit to describe Russell's game. Maybe cocaine or meth would be better? Or better yet, that serum that Willem Defoe took to become the Green Goblin?
1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder stave off desperate Lakers, 122-105
I've noticed that Marc Stein simply cannot credit Westbrook without simultaneously taking a dig at him. It's uncanny.
2 years ago on Tuesday Bolts – 2.12.13
@Durienne Sure. But I was thinking without a basketball.
2 years ago on New Daily Thunder.com Friday Bolts – 2.8.13 | New Daily Thunder.com
@Fezzy @[censored] @lmp5336 Bolt would win in a scoring hot Scandinavian chicks contest. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/usain-bolt-parties-with-three-of-the-swedish-1230004. Although, let's face it, they both ooze swag.
@f5alcon Possible, for sure. But I'm pretty sure Bolt is pretty damn fast in the short distance too. He may not have the fastest starts in the 100, but a large part of that is because he's competing against the world's fastest human beings.
Bolt and Westbrook NEED to have a half-court race. My money is on Bolt, but I don't think Russ would fare poorly,
Remind me not to make Perk the GM of my team.
2 years ago on Thursday Bolts - 1.31.13
@f5alcon Love to see them try to cope with Russ killing them. Remember when they used to passionately argue that Ty Lawson would be the better PG? . . . yeah.
2 years, 1 month ago on Thursday Bolts – 1.17.13
The Papa John's commercial was great . . . until Papa John--aka the least charismatic man in America (and now Russia)--appeared on screen.
2 years, 1 month ago on Thursday Bolts - 1.3.13
@SolidLenin8 @DXL Boom!
2 years, 2 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 12.12.12
It's ABOUT TIME someone compared the Thunder to the TMNT.
2 years, 2 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 12.11.12
@Crow There's only so far you can take the statistical-never-won-a-title arguments. Every single year, a team wins the title in some way that defies past statistics. This is because there are simply a buttload of statistics out there. Anyhow, I don't necessarily disagree with your broader point, but the never-won-a-title stuff just doesn't seem to mean a whole lot IMO with reference to narrower statistical categories.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thunder Player Power Rankings: Russell, the hero
@sammasaaron @Fuzzy Logic Fantastic: "effeminate raptor"
2 years, 3 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 11.15.12
Memphis fans enjoying troglodyte Gasol's cheap shot on Russ . . . makes . . . Hulk . . . ANGRY!
I like the two-tone. Always has a classic feel. Otherwise, meh.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thunder unveil alternate, to wear it Friday against Detroit
@MissYouCole That seems like pretty flimsy evidence to level an accusation of racism, but to each his or her own. I read Simmons fairly regularly (omitting everything about the Red Sox or his extreme Patriots homerism in the mid-2000's), and I frankly don't see it. Like I said, to each his or her own.
2 years, 4 months ago on Sunday Bolts – Bye-bye Beard Edition
@MissYouCole You completely lost me at "extremely thin veiled racist overtones." ??? Anyhow, I'll still take Simmons' analysis, warts and all, over 97% of the other basketball analysts.
Incidentally, I didn't mean to infer that you or anybody else is necessarily a blowhard. My point was simply that internet forums like this one kind of center around blowhardism (e.g., people spouting off opinions a little too strongly), and so it's strange to call out someone like Simmons on that account.
@MissYouCole As opposed to anonymous posters on an internet forum? Simmons certainly has his moments, but he's still one of the best basketball analysts in the media. (Which isn't to say, of course, that his opinions should be taken as the gospel.)
FYI: Simmons is basically tweeting an entire article on the trade: http://twitter.com/sportsguy33. His general take is that OKC low-balled Harden/didn't think he is a max player.
@Bsooreal Two points:
(1) Javale McGee is awesome on a great number of levels. Here's one--he rides around Denver on an all-terrain Segway: http://deadspin.com/5945061/heres-a-picture-of-javale-mcgee-riding-his-segway
(2) Urkel, Jaleel White version, once hit on my girlfriend when all three of us were at UCLA. To my everlasting gratitude and ego, she turned him down.
2 years, 4 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 10.25.12
@FletchMFletcher The question: "How many weeks will it take the national media and Lakers fans to freak out when the Lakers start off slowly in spite of their lofty expectations?"
(It was a Jeopardy! style question, right?)
2 years, 4 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 10.18.12
How does the new 90-second rule doesn't speed up the game when the game hasn't even technically begun? It's ridiculous. To echo what's already been said, if the NBA wants to speed up the game itself, it should lessen the quantity and duration of timeouts and commercial breaks. If there's one thing that drives me crazy as a spectator, it's when the last three minutes of a closely contested game are somehow stretched into 15 minutes. It kills the flow of the game.
@supreme35 It was either that or debate whether Tebow should be a starter for the 999,999th time.
2 years, 4 months ago on Practice Report: Perry Jones and playing time
@novelisticbee0 Agreed. No way to defend that one. It made me think of the comparisons that have been drawn between Harden and Manu.
2 years, 4 months ago on Monday Bolts – 10.15.12
@Legendary_Dork I looks like that put Chris Webber's head onto Perkins's body.
2 years, 4 months ago on OKC is wearing a Christmas jersey? And is this it?
If that's the Christmas jersey, I think chunky KD needs to lay off the pumpkin pie and turkey this year.
I dig the new jerseys. Two-tone schemes > three-tone schemes.
2 years, 4 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.10.12
@Arent @ThunderBelize I obviously don't follow hockey very closely, but from what little I've seen, it has the potential to be hugely compelling. And, yeah, even as a casual observer, it seems wrong to take hockey franchises from Canada and plant them in places like Florida. (That said, I'm originally from San Jose, and the Sharks are very popular there. So it is possible to market hockey in regions in which hockey is not a native sport.)
2 years, 5 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 9.25.12
@novelisticbee0 Along the same lines, somebody else requested that the refs be searched for Buffalo Wild Wings pagers.
One person who might benefit from last night's debacle: David Stern. His iron-fisted management (or mismanagement) of the NBA doesn't seem quite as bad today.
But, man, it's not a good time to be a major league commissioner: Goodell (heavy-handed tyrant, who, on behalf of his owner-bosses, is managing to tarnish the image of the most marketable league); Stern (heavy-handed tyrant, who, on behalf of his owner-bosses, managed to further tarnish the image of the NBA at a time when the product was better than ever); Selig (cotton-headed ninny muggins); [insert name of NHL commissioner] (seemingly helping to make an unpopular sport less popular).
In case you missed it on Deadspin, JaVale McGee on an all-terrain Segway in downtown Denver. I love both JaVale McGee and Arrest Development, so this resonates with me: http://deadspin.com/5945061/heres-a-picture-of-javale-mcgee-riding-his-segway
2 years, 5 months ago on Friday Bolts - 9.21.12
@Patrick OKC No disagreement here.
2 years, 5 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 9.13.12
I'm waiting for Bayless's inevitable foray into politics as a yelling head or as an actual politician. He clearly "gets it": One can obtain popularity and even a reputation of expertise through the loud repetition of simple messages notwithstanding things like facts, nuance, or reason. (This isn't meant to be a partisan comment.)
@Jax Raging Bile Duct @Crow Barnwell's recent football articles are good. I also like anything by Charles Pierce, sports-related or not. As for Simmons, I loved him in the early 2000's, hated him in the mid-2000's (when the successes of all his teams made him unreadable), and have come back full circle to liking his stuff again. Anyhow, Grantland is still relatively new, but I like where they're going with it.
2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 9.12.12
Big loss for SI and gain for Grantland to land Zach Lowe. He's one of the better basketball analysts.
Among rhetorically questionable ways to begin a sentence, this one ranks high: "And like Stephen A. Smith wisely pointed out . . . ."
SAS only appears wise to the extent that it's his job to generally be loud about the opposite of what ever Bayless is loud about, and Bayless is very frequently loudly wrong.
2 years, 5 months ago on KD responds to Skip Bayless’s comments