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@PNT Check how many people responded to the survey from Africa... only 2934 Were not from US/Canada... most of those are probably from Europe (50% or more) and the rest from Australia and Asia. I would guess about 12 people responded from Africa

16 hours, 55 minutes ago on Friday Bolts – 8.1.14

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@Bryson You're assuming Lamb starts? 

1 day, 13 hours ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.31.14

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@Perk has a lot of value @qrex @okcjim and the answer is no... rotations will be shortened come playoffs... I expect Brooks to experiment a little with the rotation at the beginning of the year particularly with respect to who starts at SG...


The beginning of the year will also be used to give Mcgary and other young guys minutes.. most of which will probably dry up come playoff time

1 day, 15 hours ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.31.14

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@Perk has a lot of value @qrex @okcjim I presume he means the rotation to start the 14/15 season... will that be the same as the one that finishes the 14/15 season

1 day, 15 hours ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.31.14

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@FallenOSIRIS @Dominator and it's funny that you can click on the players and go to the ESPN profiles of them:


Mcgary is listed as PF - but shown on the depth chart as Center.... Reggie is listed by ESPN as PG but on depth as SG. Perry listed as SF but shown as PF.. Roberson as SG but shown as SF...etc etc.. so they're obviously not doing it automatically....,


very strange

2 days, 14 hours ago on Durant applauds LeBron’s decision, talks his own

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@FallenOSIRIS @Dominator Right... that's the first thing I noticed and I didn't even put it my original comment!!

2 days, 14 hours ago on Durant applauds LeBron’s decision, talks his own

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http://espn.go.com/nba/team/depth/_/name/okc/oklahoma-city-thunder


what's with ESPN's depth charts?


Isn't McGary more of a PF? Huestis isn't on the roster and is listed.


Roberson and Huestis as sf and not sg? PJ3 as a PF and not SF...


Totally irrelevant I know, but it seems a bit odd to have quite so many discrepancies 

2 days, 14 hours ago on Durant applauds LeBron’s decision, talks his own

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@JordanEraJazz @Dominator a second round pick and future first is worth it... the chances of KD leaving are greater if the team doesn't get better around him. I'm not saying he will leave or he's even likely to leave. But the front office have to show him they're willing to do what's necessary to improve the roster to give them the best chance resign KD.

2 days, 18 hours ago on Steven Adams, New Zealand ambassador to America

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@JordanEraJazz @Dominator Interesting.... I've just been reading up on some trade rules:


  • Teams below the salary cap may trade without regard to salary, as long as they don't end up more than $100,000 above the cap following a trade.
  • Teams above the cap (or teams below the cap but would end up more than $100,000 over the cap following a trade) cannot acquire more than 125% plus $100,000 of the salary they trade away. Under the 2011 CBA, teams that remain below the luxury tax threshold even after the trade can acquire the lesser of 150% plus $100,000, or 100% plus $5 million, of the salary they trade away.[6] There is no lower limit—teams may divest themselves of as much salary as they wish (or can convince another team to take on) in a trade.
  • If teams acquire a player in a trade, they are allowed to trade that player straight-up for another individual player immediately. However, if teams wish to package that player with another and make a trade, they must wait 60 days before doing so.

2 days, 19 hours ago on Steven Adams, New Zealand ambassador to America

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@JordanEraJazz @Dominator I didn't say he was leaving... but there is a two year window where KD/Russ/Ibaka are all under contract and the front office needs to do everything possible to make the roster as strong as possible

2 days, 19 hours ago on Steven Adams, New Zealand ambassador to America

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@JordanEraJazz @Dominator Also - I don't think anyone's doubting that Lin is a better player. The question in how does a second and first round pick + Lin's 14 mil salary = draft rights to some unknown player?

2 days, 19 hours ago on Steven Adams, New Zealand ambassador to America

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@JordanEraJazz @Dominator A second round pick and a future (likely protected) first round pick... isn't much to give up. We have 2 years to win a title. With Perks on the team and Brooks as the coach... we have a big disadvantage. One has to go.

2 days, 19 hours ago on Steven Adams, New Zealand ambassador to America

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How to improve the title chances and improve the roster this season:


1. Roster changes:

  • Sign Tibor Pleiss (3 years 10 mil sounds about right)
  • Sign Shawn Marion to a 1 yr deal
  • Don't resign Thabeet
  • Trade Perk..... On a side note (how the hell did the Lin to Lakers trade work from a financial perspective? Surely there is a 3 team trade we could get in on to offload Perk? If not, there are a handful of bad teams next year with minimal salary commitments who would take Perk for a few future assets.

"The Los Angeles Lakers have made a trade with the Houston Rockets, acquiring guard Jeremy Lin as well as a future first round draft pick and a second round draft pick in 2015 (acquired by Houston in an earlier deal with the L.A. Clippers) in exchange for the rights to Sergei Lishchuk, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak." ......... How do the salaries match up here??

2. Keep 14 players on the roster.... allow flexibility going into the season to add a piece as necessary

3. Make the playoffs the priority. Lower KD's and Westbrooks minutes to the 34-36 min range and make sure everyone gets 2-3 games off at the end of the season

4. Experiment a little with line-ups and rotations before Christmas. But by the All-Star break play start a "Play-off" style line-up (we know that a SG that can't shoot is not going to work in the playoffs for example). 

5. Crunch Time line-up (assuming above player movements):

Russ, Reggie, Adams, Ibaka, KD

Main Rotation players (in no particular order): Plies, Collison, Marion, Morrow, Lamb (PJ3, Roberson and Mcgary would be in the rotation in the regular season but I can see them being phased out come playoff time).

2 days, 19 hours ago on Steven Adams, New Zealand ambassador to America

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@Lost Ones Only when looking at the trade retrospectively. Harden's numbers and consideration as an all-world level SG is greatly elevated AFTER the trade. In addition, the young players we acquired as a result of the trade are only just beginning to show what they're capable of....


Plus the two seasons after the trade we've been hit by injury so the question of "can the thunder get to the finals without harden?" is yet to be answered.... the year with K-Mart was statistically the best ever for the Thunder - just got derailed by Russ's injury.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.29.14

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Pliess is close to signing in the NBA - according to Hoopshype



So, lets assume Thibor Pleiss signs in the NBA. Do the Thunder make him an offer or would they risk losing him to another team?


Would the team benefit from not resigning Thabeet and making Pliess the 14th guy on the roster? What would be an ideal big man rotation with: Perk/Adams/Pliess/Mcgary/Ibaka/Collison ? 


My biggest reservation would probably be a loss in minutes for Mcgary and Adams. In an ideal world Perk's minutes would go down to 0-5 and Pliess would get the 15-20 minutes from there

3 days, 19 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14

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@The Real Bill Simmons @Bryson Can he shoot well from 3?

4 days, 10 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14

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@dollarbillrussell @Dominator @JordanEraJazz right.... the only downside would be pushing Mcgary out of the rotation... in an ideal world it would be mean Perk playing 0-5 mins a game... but that's not likely to happen

4 days, 13 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14

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@Turf is always Greener @KindaScottish Really? If so - that's pretty funny

4 days, 13 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14

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@JordanEraJazz I see a lot of logic behind not picking up Thabeet's option and signing Tibor as the 14 player on the roster...


Thabeet doesn't bring much to the table... Tibor atleast brings a little offensive game

4 days, 13 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14

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@King of Carrot Flowers the third me too - nobody has joined!

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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http://y.ahoo.it/qLMoGqNa


Here's the FF league.


Join - only if you're willing to pay the $20 entry fee... 

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@Air Bud @propsizzle @King of Carrot Flowers the third I'll make a free league... we can worry about money later... I'd be happy to collect  money and distribute via paypal at the season completion

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@Air Bud @propsizzle @King of Carrot Flowers the third Yahoo says:


"Please check back, as Fantasy Football Pro Leagues are coming soon."

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@propsizzle @Dominator @Air Bud That could make it tricky... with work and family I probably can only spare an hour...:(

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@propsizzle @Dominator @Air Bud How long does an auction draft take though??

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@propsizzle @Air Bud @Dominator hmmm - i've never actually done an auction league... I vote for a standard live draft 

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@Air Bud @Dominator If there's enough interest we can make 2 divisions and combine in the playoffs

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@Air Bud @Dominator Standard Yahoo money leagues are $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 buy-ins. We can vote on one... create a private league and have people join

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@Air Bud @Dominator yahoo does the money leagues, so everyone can just pay into yahoo and they will handle payouts etc. (makes it a little easier, though they do take 5% as profit)

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@Air Bud @Dominator Oh yeh... have to have a $5-$20 buy-in... leagues without one are kind of pointless

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@L0rv @JustPlainNASTY @Dominator Good point - I forgot them too!! I didn't too well really! They'll probably be a 6,7 or 8 seed.


Knicks and Hawks can do one

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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Is there going to be a daily thunder Fantasy Football league this season?


1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@epicurean @Dominator Oh yes! Forgot about them!! They'll make top 5

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@Perk-Punt @Dominator @McLasch I doubt Anderson starts, but that line-up does look pretty decent.


I wouldn't be surprised if they started bosh at center and played McRoberts at PF.

I guess there's a chance Granger becomes that solid backup SF. Need a SG to hit some 3s for sure though

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@Perk-Punt @McLasch @Dominator With all the injuries Deng is better than Wade probably.

I still quite like Chalmers and Norris Cole.


C. Anderson is a good energy guy and serviceable center


A starting 5 of Chalmers, Wade, Haslem, Deng, Bosh is good compared with most in the east



1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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Top 8 teams in the east this season (regular season)?


Mine: 1. Cleveland, 2. Chicago, 3. Indiana, 4. Miami, 5. Toronto, 6. Nets, 7. Hawks, 8. Knicks


West:

1. Spurs, 2. Thunder, 3. Clippers, 4. Golden State, 5. Dallas, 6. Houston, 7. Memphis, 8. Pelicans

1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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@FallenOSIRIS @L0rv Maybe Lebron says he'd like to see how good Wiggins is before they trade him....

1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14

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@Thunder Thigh Highs @Dominator A shooting guard who can shoot.... Sefolosha wasn't particularly good at that

1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14

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@Thunder Thigh Highs What did you read about shooter guards?

1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14

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@TempBoy Brandon @Dominator I'm not saying would they should they or could they... just would the team be better or worse if they did....

1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14

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If the Thunder Amnesty Perk and sign Jermaine O Neal on a vet min deal... are they better or worse going into next season?

1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14

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@ Luke All White All American line-up... that makes it tougher...


Kirk Hinrich, Luke Ridnour
JJ Redick, Mike Miller
Gordon Heyward, Chandler Parsons
David Lee, Ryan Anderson, Nick Collison
Kevin Love, Chris Kaman, Chris Anderson

"Honorable" mention: Steve Blake, Jimmer Fredette, Mike Dunleavy, Byron Mullens, Spencer Hawes, Matt Bonner, Steve Novak, Tyler Hansbrough, Meyers Leonard, Aaron Gray, Chase Budinger, Kyle Korver

1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14

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What about all White Guy American line up?

1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14

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@[weed wolf faction] @mattchant @Dominator A few white guys:


pf)  Kevin Love, Pau Gasol, David Lee
sf)  Chandler Parsons, Danilo Gallinari, Gordon Hayward
c)  Brook Lopez, Marc Gasol, Andrew Bogut
sg)  Manu Ginobili, JJ Redick, Mike Dunleavy, Jr.
pg)  Steve Nash, Ricky Rubio, Greivis Vasquez

1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14

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@mattchant Australia I think

1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14

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@L0rv @Dominator Reggie Jackson is not American?

1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14

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@L0rv @Dominator Who's Reggie?

1 week, 1 day ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14

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