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@d21 That is one long/tall lineup. I'm getting interested in these lineups for OKC. Presti has put a real emphasis on length in player acquisitions.
1 month ago on Wednesday Bolts – 4.17.13
@SexyWatt @4razr Just killing time before the game post goes up :-) It's like a summer-league team...
1 month, 1 week ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer
@AIaska @4razr Fantasy!
What do you think of the stallball team (small/tall) of Lamb, Jones, Durant, Ibaka, and Thabeet. Can they handle it defensively? Can they run an offense? What about subbing Jackson or Westbrook for Lamb? Wondering if Jones/Durant can handle the 2... That seems like it could be a disruptive defensive team.
Basketball is a game of efficiency. The only way to win is to be more efficient than the other team. I don't think many fans look at the game this way...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Thunder power past the Pacers, 97-75
Late to the party as usual, but I had 2 observations on last night's game:
That was one of the wierder box scores I've seen.
That was one of the wireder shot clock violations in the last minute of a game I've seen. I'd be happy never seeing one of those again, for the Thunder, at least.
Oh, and this team is fun to watch!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts - 12.5.12
I'll give you a handfull of beans for that cow... Yeah, that worked out ok for Jack, but try winning a championship with a handfull of beans.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on 3-on-3: Reacting to Harden’s return
'Course not. It'll get better. I'd be really worried if KD were worried.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Practice Report: KD isn’t worried
How is he going to learn to release his inner playmaker when he's starting with Perkins, Thabo, and Ibaka?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Bolts - 11.5.12
Westbrook and Brooks need to read this: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/eye-on-basketball/20835772/the-inbounds-kobe-bryant-a-new-kind-of-assassin
Royce, re. #11: You've really drunk the Koolaid on that one. To think we could lose the most efficient offensive player on the roster who also happened to be the best playmaker and lead the league in offensive efficiency without replacing that playmaking is beyond optimism.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on 2012-13 Preview: 35 statements made with extreme confidence
@justin_mia @Keith00 Does a loyal fan defend the "team's" actions and root for the guys on the roster? Or does a loyal fan lament those moments when the management either does something dumb or outsmarts itself? There are lots of reasons Presti did what he did. Fact remains, you want to end up with the best player in the trade. Fact remains, OKC had all the evidence as to Harden's abilities and still-remaining potential. From a strictly basketball standpoint, what Presti did was, imo, indefensible. I have to agree with Bill Simmons--the Thunder still have a puncher's chance of getting to the top, if not this season then in years to come; but they sacrificed a once-in-a-franchise opportunity to pursue the nebulous sustainability. I'm not going to say Harden is better than Westbrook, but it was never clear that he was any worse, overall. In terms of his abilities, he is an even more uncommon, and and on the cusp of being more valuable, player than Westbrook.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Thursday Bolts - 11.1.12
He's proven enough to me and to most. Exceeded expectations at almost every point. Didn't in the finals; but your response is not too rational, imo... Experience together counts for alot, and JH is a pretty unique player. Never has been a diva, come on, that's just ridiculous.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on In Presti we trust, or at Bennett we jeer?
Whether or not you like this trade prob comes down to your desires/expectations as a fan. Do you want a team that will go all out for the title? Or would you rather a team set itself up to contend for the next several years? If you think this move doesn't hurt the Thunder's title chances this year, you are fooling yourself, imo. As a fan who has seen how hard it is to get to the finals, much less win, I'm disappointed and upset that my favorite team pretty much tossed in the towel on competing for a championship this year. Seeing how OKC is set up for the near and longer-term future is a consolation. It's definitely a consolation prize, though. JH, you will be missed.
What we've all got to understand is that the max is like a ceiling; many players at the max are acutally worth more than that on a wins produced or other similar basis. So Harden may not be as valuable as KD, but they're both max players because there's no way to pay KD what he's worth. Harden is a max player, to another team at the very least.
8 months, 1 week ago on Report: James Harden wants the max
Big difference between taking a flyer as an unsigned D-leaguer and taking a chance on being injured two days before you are to sign a guaranteed contract. At the very least, his agent wouldn's allow it. But he should be standing by ready to take the court once he is signed!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Bolts - 7.5.12
Because, clearly, illegal collusion isn't really news.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts - 6.26.12
Thunder need a stretch 4 and a 3-point bomber--how about Rashard Lewis? (I'm only half-serious, but still...maybe...who am I kidding, it's about as likely as bringing in Greg Oden).
11 months ago on Five thoughts on the Thunder’s draft pick
Free throws. Diff between Champ and also-ran. We'll see...
11 months, 1 week ago on Thunder crumble in the second half, 91-85
@Jax Raging Bile Duct It's all about matchups, and they favor Miami with the starters. No surprise Perk can't defend Battier. But he's so bad on offense, he can't punish him, either.
11 months, 1 week ago on Russell Westbrook: Mindset