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Not far is debatable. As I said before history says if you lose 4-1 or 4-0 in finals, you almost never win later. Ergo, not that close.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Down to Dunk: The candidates

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vets as generally the worst or narrowest skill guys in rotation is the worst application of vets.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Down to Dunk: The candidates

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the specific vets, not vets conceptually.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Down to Dunk: The candidates

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yes indeed.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Down to Dunk: The candidates

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Simplified presentation but not actually actively disregarding. fwiw, I dont think they would have won title in 2013, 14 or 15 without injuries.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Down to Dunk: The candidates

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Theory: Thunder have been too young to close deal and win title.

Evidence: Last 30 yrs of NBA.

Observed Thunder action: Lets get even younger! At SG, C, bench.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Down to Dunk: The candidates

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after mid to late 20s one way players did not win title? When do they try two way players? post KD?

1 day, 5 hours ago on State of the City: OKC waits for its new coach

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You have Russ, KD, Ibaka... how do you finish the starting lineup? With 23-24 year old one way players? #whatwha?

1 day, 5 hours ago on State of the City: OKC waits for its new coach

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He is enough for now

1 day, 5 hours ago on Down to Dunk: The candidates

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Two other Thunder era draft re-writes I hadn't noticed before: Whiteside for Pleiss and maybe Parsons for Reggie Jackson.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Down to Dunk: The candidates

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Really young teams used to win NBA titles. https://www.bsports.com/iotd/stats-insight-of-the-day-oldest-and-youngest-nba-championship-teams

But not for last three decades. Attn: Sam P.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Down to Dunk: The candidates

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I don't have starting lineups.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Down to Dunk: The candidates

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Yes, at avg age of 29.9. Spurs next, followed by Clips, Griz and Bulls. A majority of the real contenders.

1 day, 6 hours ago on Down to Dunk: The candidates

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tl; dr for 1, 3 even 5 big tough paragraphs folks are not worth being stifled by.

1 day, 10 hours ago on State of the City: OKC waits for its new coach

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He probably should be on the long list. Cavs dont have to let him interview but probably would after playoffs if it is still open.

1 day, 11 hours ago on State of the City: OKC waits for its new coach

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Odds of Ettore and Russ having a smooth relationship? Low. Good results? Probably but better or worse than past I dunno.

1 day, 11 hours ago on State of the City: OKC waits for its new coach

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Unless you are a euro-phile. Is Presti?

1 day, 11 hours ago on State of the City: OKC waits for its new coach

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Donovan's wife Christine was a champion equestrian. Didn't like Huntington WV when Donovan coached there. Grew up in a NY suburb. Apparently loves order. Does she have a veto and will she use it?

1 day, 11 hours ago on State of the City: OKC waits for its new coach

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is it a dequan cook jersey?

1 day, 12 hours ago on State of the City: OKC waits for its new coach

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Either Presti meets with Donovan and / or his agent next week or the odds of it happening go down a good deal. Every day the odds go down, I'm guessing.

1 day, 12 hours ago on State of the City: OKC waits for its new coach

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BR has the data. His Real Madrid teams were fine / above avg on 3ptas and ftas. Mixed record on fg%.

1 day, 23 hours ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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With Messina's emphasis on post offense, did his teams lag from 3 pt land or do alright in secondary role? Did his teams drive & get good fta rate?

2 days ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Might have thought Troy blocked path to more than #3 or 4 FO guy.

2 days ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Bigger money in head coaching might have swayed him to pursue that. And wanting to stay in the gym.

I think they were perhaps surprised he left but probably on good enough terms.

2 days ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Could Gentry / Presti talk Adams into returning? Probably not but maybe.

2 days ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Messina's Spurs connection would touch home.

2 days ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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I think I heard Dunn is returning to school.

2 days ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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If Presti went Messina-Vanterpool and already has 2 former Donovan assistants, he'd have title-winner, former Thunder mgr and some Donovan flavor. Triple play.

2 days ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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who is that fired dpoy list guy?

2 days ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Backed out of 5yr 27.5 mil deal 7-9 yrs ago. Surely he will ask for more than $40 mil. Is cost a factor in the decision?

2 days ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Hoiberg heart surgery probably takes him out of it.

2 days ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Donovan has 4 kids. At least one in college, one either in college or a high school sr and 2 in middle school / elem. It wouldn't be quite as bad to move now compared to some in hs and super attached to friends there.

2 days ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Not getting Gentry to asst.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Messina HC, Vanterpool asst might be interesting way to play it.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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yeah. have to wonder how much Presti did beforehand to know who he can get. He denies such talk but...

2 days, 1 hour ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Vanterpool having front office experience with Thunder and assisting under Messina and Stotts and having a long euro player career is a pretty good resume.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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But I am not really a joint history guy.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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You could argue on the numbers for Brooks over Karl.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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It would look good if whoever replaces Brooks has a title. Top 2, Gentry might in 60 days.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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If 3-4 turn it down they might go Kalmian or Keefe.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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If these top 2 turn them down, that will look bad. Messina probably needs a Spurs future HC guarantee to turn it down, if he doesn't already have it.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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IMO it should be zero for both.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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The coach search list order might be:

Donovan

Messina

Gentry

Hoiberg

Vanterpool

Thibs is a wildcard but I am going to guess he serves out his contract.

Haven't heard Skiles mentioned. I am not saying he should be the guy but I'd consider him.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Messina is from Sicily. Based on his full name I believe Presti's roots are Sicilian as well. Would Bennett make Messina's euro roots and wide notoriety across the continent be a factor in the selection to promote the team and the city? Might be a plus if it is close.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Could be great for Kanter.

2 days, 6 hours ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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Thanks. Yeah basic. Might produce more corner 3s if run with that in mind.

2 days, 6 hours ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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It seems like it is Donovan's, if he and his family agree and if they offer enough money. If makes a big deal about personnel decisions, he'll be bypassed.

2 days, 6 hours ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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yeah I heard. fighting with mgt more an issue than just not winning as much as expected.

2 days, 6 hours ago on Down To Dunk: Changes

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