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I kinda feel like Brooks is losing these guys. How on earth can the offense drop so badly that KD Westbook and Ibaka all have simultaneous off nights for this many games. Shooting (especially as a professional in their prime) is like 90% mental. I see a combination of fatigue and complete frustration. To me that's on Brooks. I don't think these guys are playing for him, especially the guys at the end of the bench that he's treated like dogsh*t. I don't blame them for being terrible, it's not like he'd give them any credit or more playing time down the road. I wonder how KD feels about it.
I think that if this team comes out of the all-star break cold and dropping bad games, I think Presti would feel totally justified in getting rid of Scott Brooks.
1 day, 18 hours ago on The Thunder bottom out in New York, 100-92
@TempBoy Brandon @Tvaddic I know plenty of really talented and creative people that cringe at the thought of a 1-on-50 interview session. I've mostly seen local sideline nobodies complain about it because they can't get a story. Skip Bayless school of journalism.
2 days, 13 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 1.28.15
@AronZoltanLaszik I think OU students feel more entitled to get "the" job right out of college. They'll only apply to a few positions at the best companies, and if they don't get it, they take 2 years to get their MBA. At my old job, all of our interns had MBA's.
4 days, 13 hours ago on Playing ‘What If?’ with Harden and Thompson
@_justin Russell scored 40 points in one of the games and I believe averaged over 20 against the heat. How is that not a superstar??
1 week ago on Scott Brooks is a good coach
@Kong Lambchop Disagree. I think he's one of the only people that Russell actually listens to. I just think that Brooks has decided to role the dice on letting Russ be Russ and living with the outcome.
I think in general Russell has a super introverted personality. I know a few people that are just like him. They have a really small circle of real friends, everyone else is just an acquaintance. If any of those acquantances does anything shady or 2-faced (like reporters who can write positive or negative articles from day to day), he's done with them. He probably already hates these locker-room interviews with a passion, it's only natural that he would go off every once in a while.
1 week, 4 days ago on A quick look at Brook
@Tvaddic @SeinfeldOKC I'd do it. Something about the Clippers. Their roster is full of nice players, but as a team they are just so dumb together. I literally have no fear of losing to them in the playoffs. I think he'd have a slick 2-man game with Nick and Steven.
Edit: No idea what his contract situation is. I just like him as a player to keep our 2nd unit in the game while KD and Russ rest.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Tuesday Bolts – 1.13.14
@propsizzle @thunder_mike It's mostly if we're giving up on Perry being able to contribute this season.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Is firing a fix-all? Part 1
@propsizzle @thunder_mike He's kinda what we wish Perry would turn into. He's on the back end of his career, but I think he's still a decent shooter and defender, and has enough experience to be able to play with KD and Russ.
Has anyone already proposed and had stones thrown at them about Tayshaun Prince? Discussing a buyout with the Celtics.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Wednesday Bolts – 1.7.15
Is there a way to mute you?
@Dominator @Butterfingers Lamb is probably top of the list, but has little trade value. Lamb and Perk package is my bet.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Tuesday Bolts – 1.6.14
@Michael G Scott @_justin @TheresABabyFaceUnderMyBeard You're making life decisions based on a stat sheet, not real life. Lamb produces nothing for this team, and a rookie SG will never crack the rotation. We traded a pick we'd probably waste and a 13th man for a confident veteran 2-guard. And we most likely won't be in the tax past this year. I don't understand what you're arguing for.
@Cray Allred @thunder_mike I think the front office knows RJ is leaving next year.
@_justin @Michael G Scott @thunder_mike Lamb is in the doghouse, he's done, I think that's safe to say. He's probably better than Morrow, but Morrow throws his lanky ass all over the court and Brooks likes that, so the Lamb experiment is over IMO. I think they made this trade because they're pretty positive we won't have RJ next season.
If we lose RJ and Perk (or he takes the minimum), are we still in the tax next year?
@Michael G Scott @_justin This place is never satisfied. Same thing with Perk. Worst center in history, but when any trade is discussed, he's a defensive god that we cannot give up. Give me a break. Let's stop acting like Jeremy Lamb is an All Star. He lights up the D-League and gets his shots to fall once every 6 games. I'll take a chance on Waiters for basically free.
@Russ being Russ @thunder_mike Just making trades out of desparation and because players are sad. Getting JR Smith and his contract is dumb in my opinion.
Edit: Every podcast he's like "Make a trade do something!!!!" This is what you get when you do that.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Report: Thunder acquire Dion Waiters in three-team deal
Late to the game since Livefire is dying, but Cleveland is the Thunder if Bill Simmons was our GM.
@RobotLion @thunder_mike The 2 guard in this scenario is nothing but a 3 and D guy who can also finish a fast break. It could be Roberson, it could be another guy a year from now. Brooks mostly wants a 2 guard who won't mess up Russ or KD's flow and has at least one amazing skill (shooting and/or Defense). If anything, we can't really afford to over-develop at the 2 (see: James Harden).
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Nick the Brick
@RobotLion I'd be pretty happy that we kept Westbrook, Durant, and Ibaka for another contract.
@OKC035 @thunder_mike @Tvaddic Oh my bad I'm not watching now. I just remember the audience a few weeks ago.
1 month, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 12.18.14
@Tvaddic I think the Youtube stuff was better. No live audience to pander to and no commercials. The TV thing is too stiff.
@Meh.. @thunder_mike @ Luke To me the Clippers are like the Pacers of the West. They had a nice team with some nice series, but you never really thought they could win a championship or even beat Miami in a series.
@Meh.. @ Luke The "Meh" reference was totally coincidence
@Meh.. @ Luke I have no statistical or empirical backing for this, but they just seem like a dumb team to me. They have all the tools to be ridiculous, but I just watch their games thinking "meh". Maybe the Spurs and Thunder have spoiled me.
@Funaki you dude @thunder_mike I would take Bledsoe or Dragic. Thomas is a great scorer but might be a defensive liability in the playoffs.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 12.15.14
@Funaki you dude @thunder_mike The reason I would take Lin is that his whole career has been under intense pressure and storylines. Coming to OKC would allow him to relax and solely focus on winning. There may be better PG's available, but they're probably young and on their first contracts. I don't really wanna rely on a 2nd year guy to lead our bench in the WCF. Lin showed in NY that he can be a playmaker, and he really works hard to move the ball and get guys involved.
Again, I want RJ as option 1 2 and 3, but I wouldn't hate Lin on the cheap.
Ideally we definitely want to keep Reggie by almost any means necessary. BUT if he wasn't interested in staying, I would take Jeremy Lin for a discount. Houston was a crap situation. They signed him to the max (which was mostly a publicity stunt), then scrapped that whole thing when Harden and Howard came along (I'm not saying that was a bad idea, just a crappy turn of events for him). Plus he doesn't flagrant foul people and celebrate like Patrick Beverly, apparently that makes you an elite defender.
I think he'd love to come and just setup KD and Serge all day, and just shoot open 3-pointers when Russ is in the game. Again, keeping Reggie is ideal, but this isn't a bad contingency for the right price.
Also hell yes to Wesley Matthews if we could get him.
@Wellington S @KC_Thunder It's overused, but All I Do Is Win is still hot after a victory
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Three straight for the Thunder as they coast past the Bucks, 114-101
@Pancakes and Blouses @thunder_mike @Es Wild @Legendary_Dork oh he was a disaster at initiating a break, but if he was the final pass to the rim, I always had a decent amount of confidence he would finish
@Es Wild @Legendary_Dork I kinda feel like we'll miss Thabo's finishing ability. Roberson is athletic and can dunk, but Thabo was surprisingly reliable at finishing a fast break, which is a pretty important thing for this team.
@anonymous12345 @Kivman Someone's about to get paid. Congrats!
2 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 11.25.14
flop replay incoming
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Thunder vs Rockets: Pregame Primer
That was 100% BS
I really hope we win. I don't think there is a more satisfying team to talk trash about
Our only hope is that Houston's curse against OKC supercede's the our injury curse #garbage
Houston is a roster of Mitches
Ish has the most useless athleticism
@Divine Mortal @Mother Theresa Depends on the team. Harden has always played with superstars. Pierce carried some god-awful Celtics teams, which made a difference in the Finals runs.
Edit: If I wanna win a chip, I take Prime Pierce.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Video: Russell Westbrook obliterates child in one-on-one
For what it's worth, on the Fox Sports Broadcast, you could see people trying to start an MVP chant for Perk. It was just like 2 frat boys, but they were pretty close to the court.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 11.11.14
@TheresABabyFaceUnderMyBeard @Perk has a lot of value The guy that finished took like 5 steps after getting the ball
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 11.7.14
@Chandler Bing. @thunder_mike Definitely. If we're gonna sign someone useless, we should've got someone marketable. Sign Patrick Ewing to a 10-day
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Dealing Reggie Jackson: What’s realistic and what’s not
We should've signed Iverson, just so I could get the jersey
Let RJ be a star, send him to Milwaukee
Has Sebastian Telfair never had a consistent shot? I find it odd that he thought he could be an NBA player at his size without being able to hit wide open shots.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on And then there were seven: Thunder fall in Toronto 100-88
@okcjim @Durantacula @McLasch Lamb's injury is a little concerning. Back injuries are never good, but when you see what kind of weight gain he's made in the off-season and how much pressure he's been under to get that 2 spot, it makes me wonder if he's over-trained and aggravated a nerve or something. That stuff can take some time to get right.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91
@_justin I'm probably oversimplifying the Harden/Lamb thing so ignore that part, but I think Perk is in a good position to come off the bench.
3 months ago on Thunder run out of gas in Portland, 106-89