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@anonymous12345 @Kivman Nice...I'm a pension actuary - which is slowly dying. You've got a longer time horizon!!! Is FSA a must?
4 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 11.25.14
@anonymous12345 So am I! Insurance or pension?!?
@ThunderChick2010 Thanks TC. Had to work this morning then went out to see X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now I'm enjoying DT. Birthdays are fun!
7 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.28.14
@ThunderChick2010 @Durants Shimmy I've done the TGV a number of times from Paris to Nice. Fun way to travel!
8 months ago on Friday Bolts – 8.1.14
@Legendary_Dork Looking forward to that movie. Going to skip work on my birthday and watch it!
@Fuzzy Logic They'd probably be most loved team there too. They know the Rockets more than any other team, so love/hate will both be there.
@L0rv @Prodigy-X Thank you for excluding the Tony Allen stuff!!!
11 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Run it back
@ILovetheWestbrookShow @El Prez @DJ_Yardman @OSU EE I agree with this. Homerism is part of it, but people here hate Beverly because he injured Westbrook on a bush-league play then had the temerity to do the exact same thing to the exact same player.
Any thoughts on that, El Prez, or do you think that distinction is not accurate?
I don't think we'd necessarily like Adams if he was on another team, but we wouldn't hate him like we do Beverly unless he injured one of ours (or at least got into a fight with one of them). Heck, we hate Beverly more than Artest after he clocked Harden.
I think Beverly is a special case, and has nothing to do with our feelings for Adams or his style of play.
11 months ago on Practice Report: Seven
@duhsweetness From Midtown.
1 year, 2 months ago on Durant the defender, and closing the gap on LeBron
@duhsweetness You in Atlanta? Took me 3.5 hours to get home to Marietta...and I left at 12:15!
@L0rv @Jooseppi @ Luke Agreed!
@Yeahright17 @blackhiiippy @harmlesslyfatal @Kivman Hope you are right!
@harmlesslyfatal @MJOKC @Se-PumpFake-olosha @d21 @KD4theWin Man...we just couldn't hit anything to start the game and Hawks were on fire. That didn't have anything to do with big vs. small. However, I'm also not willing to argue you on the fact we got back into the game with a smaller lineup.
@L0rv @Kivman Good question...I don't have an answer. If the Thunder win the championship and KD outplays LeBron, I think that would go a long way toward the "pass the torch" argument. If KD continues to play better into next year (which is far from a given), then I think that would do it. Just my opinion.
@harmlesslyfatal @Kivman @Yeahright17 @blackhiiippy But Wade hasn't missed the entire year. And Russ has missed more than Wade. Therefore, I don't understand this argument as supporting LeBron vs. Durant for the current year.
I don't know if they would miss Ibaka more than Russ. I would guess Russ because he's an overall better player, but I get the positionaly/replacement argument.
@L0rv Despite my earlier rant, I just think people want to see more than 1 year of Durant being better than LeBron before they allow themselves to believe that Durant has passed him. This is reasonable and may or may not prove true. Either way, LeBron and Durant are a close 1-2 (in some order) and number 3 (Paul, George, whoever) are a clear ways behind.
@harmlesslyfatal @Kivman @Yeahright17 @blackhiiippy I was being sarcastic. One of our big 3 has been as injured, or more injured, than one of their big 3...so I don't get your point.
@MJOKC @d21 @KD4theWin That annoyed me. I kept waiting for him to be put back in...
@harmlesslyfatal @Yeahright17 @blackhiiippy @Kivman Some of our big 3? Is Westbrook included in that big 3?!?
@blackhiiippy @Kivman @MJOKC @ Luke @Sustainable Parameters I whole-heartedly agree with your first point. Their cowardice annoys me!
@f5alcon @Kivman Wish that were possible... :)
@Sustainable Parameters @Kivman Why do you (and everyone else) feel compelled to?
@harmlesslyfatal @MJOKC He should, though. He was robbed quite a few times. If he played in the current era, I think this would not happen as much (and, vice-versa, if LeBron played in the Jordan era he would have been screwed a few times, too). However, this year Durant deserves the MVP over LeBron (so far).
@MJOKC @ Luke @Kivman @Sustainable Parameters Agreed. Why the need to make the distinction when the topic is MVP? That's my issue. Everyone seems compelled to make the distinction when it is not asked.
@El Prez @Kivman @Sustainable Parameters I'd be worried I'd get drunk with her and do something I'd regret the next morning...
@blackhiiippy @Kivman @ Luke @Sustainable Parameters I hear what you are saying. But why do they need to caveat their response in this way? Why the need to put it in the context of LeBron?
Actually, I understand why...because he's dominated for multiple years. I'm just hoping the need to put Durant's MVP campaign in the "ranking against LeBron" narrative dies down because I really think it takes away from Durant and makes it seem like their is still a clear cut difference between the two of them, when I think Durant is making the case that it has narrowed down and, based on this year, it is possible Durant has caught him.
@ Luke @Kivman @Sustainable Parameters Sure it is. It takes something away from Durant.
@El Prez @Kivman @Sustainable Parameters Agreed! Unless they are genuinely funny...
@ Luke @Kivman @Sustainable Parameters If it was a "Who would you start your franchise with" and they answer LeBron, I'm cool with that and I understand it. If it is "who is the current MVP" then just answer that question. Don't be a pansy and preface it by gushing over LeBron.
@ Luke @Kivman @Sustainable Parameters I do because it's almost like they are taking something away from Durant. Again, like a back-handed compliment.
@ Luke @Kivman @Sustainable Parameters And I'm not sure if you are now arguing that LeBron should be MVP. You're not, right?
@ Luke @Kivman @Sustainable Parameters But this year Durant has been the best player in the league. This is not a Rose or Nash situation.
@Sustainable Parameters @Kivman People who win the Oscar don't usually say...yep, I deserved it, but so-in-so is still a better actor.
@Sustainable Parameters @Kivman But why do you feel compelled to note the distinction? It's basically a back-handed compliment to the person currently deserving of the MVP.
Great article. I keep hearing radio personalities talk about MVP and starting with "Now LeBron is still the best player in the league" before saying that Durant is their MVP pick. While the statement may be true in terms of their opinion, it drives me crazy how they seem to feel obliged to say it. The topic at hand is who is the current MVP, not who you think is the best player even if not the current MVP.
Just say Durant is the MVP and don't preface it by gushing over LeBron.
Great job, TC. I was honored to be included in your video, especially since I read every day but rarely post. You're the best!
1 year, 2 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 1.21.14
It's probably been two years since I posted - but I still read every day. I want in on the forecast contest (is it too late since one game has been played??? I mean, the season doesn't officially start until the Thunder take the floor...and we are just playing for bragging rights):
(Also TC - my birthday is August 28 - just like Uncle Jeff).
1 year, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.30.13
@Legendary_Dork Me too. It's ridiculous.
1 year, 5 months ago on Thunder vs. Suns: Three things to care about
@1 Knee 4 Points 5 Rebounds 35 Million Dollars You appear to be arguing/defending something that isn't in question.
2 years, 2 months ago on TGR 88: 3 up, 3 down
@1 Knee 4 Points 5 Rebounds 35 Million Dollars @Lost Ones I'm guessing the "other" K-Mart is done. He was starting to look older last year. Maybe time has just caught up with him. Has he worked out for anyone?
@1 Knee 4 Points 5 Rebounds 35 Million Dollars I understand. Blake is learning a lot about the art of flopping from Chris Paul. I just expected something a lot worse from reading the comments first. In real time I'm wondering if he was just trying to avoid the elbow and not flopping at all.
@1 Knee 4 Points 5 Rebounds 35 Million Dollars I think there have been a lot worse flops than this. It might not even be a fake. Griffin has his face right up in Nene's grill and then sees an elbow flying at him. What would you do? You would snap your head back fast, which is what he did. Now...if he had fallen to the ground and grabbed his face like it had actually been hit, then that would have been an obvious flop (just like you see in soccer games all the time). In slow mo, I think this looks worse than it is. Just my opinion.
@justin_mia @Skyline @Lost Ones Yeah - Fortson really got to the point that it seemed like refs called a foul on him for any substantial contact - regardless of who initiated. It turned him from an important contributor to basically a liability. I loved the high rebound/high FT% Sonics.
2 years, 4 months ago on Practice Report: Preaching patience for Lamb
@EatSleepThunder I'm sure we'd win the Draft Lottery, though!
2 years, 4 months ago on Kendrick Perkins (ankle) expected to play Sunday
@Prestiguacamole @Lost Ones Agreed. At that price tag, amnesty him and let Presti get to work with all the assets he acquired with the Harden trade to get us someone better.
2 years, 4 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Learning Lamb
@White_Flight He had one flop on a three last night that was called and the entire crowd groaned and then yelled at the refs. I'd like to say they'd catch on, but Ginobli (can we start calling him a poor-man's Harden yet?!? jk) still gets away with all his crappy flopping.
@OBoy Jones III @Old Man Game If anyone gets injured then call them back up from Tulsa for the next game. I also would like to see them get playing time in Tulsa if they are just going to sit on the bench in OKC.
I was at the Atlanta game last night. Even though he made Top 10 plays, I thought Cole still looked pretty clueless. I wish we could have gotten Asik in the trade (throw in Perkins and adjust others to make the salaries match). I know that was not possible because they just signed him and their is a required wait, but that dude had like 19 boards and would have been an upgrade at the 5 to offset the downgrade at the 2.
Beard was awesome. Kept throwing his arms out and getting fouled - was driving the Hawks fans nuts (I kind of like both teams, so I was conflicted). Really came on at the end to help put the game away. He was definitely the Alpha dog on the team.
@Barry Amenema Floor pie...mmmmmm!
2 years, 5 months ago on Sunday Bolts – Bye-bye Beard Edition
@Old Man Game @thelaughingwiseman Would be great to see the D-League really used like a minor league system. If you know Cole is 3rd string center last year, let him be starting center in the D and let him learn and improve. I remember Collison being a fould King in his rookie year and learning from it. Would have liked to see Cole do the same.
2 years, 5 months ago on Jazz 97, Thunder 81: Five quick thoughts