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@Rather Large Beard sometimes I think the organization does not value rebounding
2 years ago on Summer School: Everyone skipped class
Regardless of what else happens, I think we extend both Harden and Ibaka. What is more interesting to me is the reasonableness of those contracts and if the unreasonableness forces a trade (albeit a better one than we would have next year) during the extension period or the oft presumed Perk amnesty.
2 years ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Hasheem Thabeet mix
@Hoplophobia @justin_mia @Lost Ones We may have overpaid to retain Brooks, but I think it was a necessary leverage point to retain the core.
@diddoff oh thanks, missed that
2 years ago on Finally, time for Cole Aldrich
@ElMexiThunder totally agree. Cuban has to realize, if you love something, let it go. Keeping Dirk on whatever they could field as a team is just cruel.
@diddoff I love Iggy but the Raptors are losing that trade. Who is playing PG? They lost the Nash sweepstakes....
@Hoplophobia I am celebrating "We cleared some cap space!" I find this genuinely exciting.
@Prye05 @Jax Raging Bile Duct @supreme35 I don't think Felton would be a good solution for them, they need a better passing PG. Dirk struggles a little more every year to get free off screens and get the ball in space.
@supreme35 Wow...so...trade Dirk for picks and blow up the team?
@ThunderBelize I do think the Lakers just got a lot better, but I think they really hemorhaged their future. If they are not set to win now, how do they get better? 4 draft picks, really? How do they sign Bynum and fill out a roster next year?
2 years ago on Hasheem Thabeet is signing with the Thunder
Wow. Anyone read the PJ3 feature? I am unbelievably more excited about the pick, team fit and obvious directions of development after reading that!
2 years ago on Monday Bolts - 7.2.12
@Jameswade99 @Tequila He isn't at all a Presti player. I think at this point Presti is hoping that the royal jelly is going to work some miracles. People have caught on to the importance of character and it seems that now everyone is buying high on character and intangibles. (See MKG at 2). I think talent and ceiling alone were too high to pass at this point. No one talked about him because no one thought he would be available. In terms of raw talent...he is at the top of the draft no question.
2 years, 1 month ago on Pre-draft Primer: Five big questions for draft night:
@FF_pickups @diddoff exactly, similar talent range, lower nonguaranteed contract
2 years, 1 month ago on Five thoughts on the Thunder’s draft pick
@Jooseppi @OBoymuzik @diddoff Absolutely!!! There are no physiologic signs of an early aortic aneurysm. It was caught incidentally. They didn't even pay him for the missed season!
@justin_mia @diddoff Maynor missed all of this season, can we sue the Jazz?
@justin_mia @anonymous12345 @diddoff Can't there be any kind of negotiation, or a financial levy. A 2014 second-rounder? fine.
I think that our roster is currently a little too stacked for any of the available prospects at 28 to add much. This year I would actually like to see us move down and trade for Detroit's two 2nd rounders, Portland's or ...if they are willing, the cavs. We could pick up Furkan Aldemir and another quality eurostash pick like Kostas Papanikolaou. Some project Evan Fournier falling that far as well.
2 years, 1 month ago on Monday Bolts - 6.25.12
@JimboSlice @Jooseppi I am also really interested to see how Latavious stacks up in summer league. He has really become a force on the glass over seas, but what I am really interested in is seeing the development of his post game.
@OBoymuzik @dancassidy35 @diddoff I think Faried is better than Nene. They are undoubtedly a worse team than last year, but I don't think it is the drop off that some do.
2 years, 3 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Bring it on, playoffs
@FF_pickups @sammasaaron @Jo_Cro It doesn't matter. Tibor is not an NBA-caliber backup and never will be, he has plateaued in his progress. He has his height and his wingspan, but he can't do anything with it defensively. He has a face-the-basket offensive game. You are looking at a slightly larger, substantially less athletic Byron Mullens.
2 years, 3 months ago on Friday Bolts - 4.20.12
@John64 Whomever beats the Grizz it may prove to be a Pyrrhic Victory. The Grizz are arguably the most physical team in the league and they are going to batter, bruise and exhaust whomever takes out making the (presumably) Spurs an easier out for us. Conversely, they would make us an easier out for the Spurs if we held on to the number 1 seed.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 4.19.12
If your goal is to win the championship, pissing off Perk so bad so that he misses every other game due to technicals seems like a good formula to make that happen. There might be more to this than meets the eye.
2 years, 3 months ago on Udonis Haslem calls out Kendrick Perkins
@JimboSlice I know that 2-2 seems atrocious, but in the grand scheme we have lost 32% of our away games. 50% is not dramatically worse.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thunder at Heat: Pregame Primer
@Shake Down the Thunder I think Lazar is totally worth Vaden and one of our border-line walk on second round picks. But he cost us Vaden and two second round picks and I just don't think he is worth that from what I have seen. That could have been a quality eurostash pick.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thunder Player Power Rankings: Fear the zero
http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings guess who's number 1 now?
2 years, 3 months ago on Monday Bolts - 4.2.12
@Skyline @ThunderChick2010 @dancassidy35 It's definitely the Oklahoma part for me. I understand the need for shock jocks. It's not entertaining watching a bunch of sports analysts agree with one another, but stating you are from Oklahoma to give credence to your argument...that's not forgivable.
KD is 11 points behind Kobe now.
2 years, 3 months ago on OKC soars past the Bulls in clash of top teams, 92-78
@ILikePancakes @C_Dub Does this mean that the heat are going to blow up their roster this offseason?
@C_Dub maybe we broke the heat
@diddoff Bucks must have reached their breaking point with Bogut's injuries.
2 years, 4 months ago on Rockets vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
We were talking the other day about possible D-league PG standouts if necessary. Blake Ahearn definitely impressed in the D-league all star game and no one has his rights.
2 years, 5 months ago on KD finishes second in 3-point contest, Westbrook fifth in Skills
@Crow @SammyThunderer wow, I had forgotten how low he went. Anyone remember what the concerns were about Jordan? How long he would take to develop?
2 years, 5 months ago on Why Russell doesn’t dunk and other notes from All-Star Friday
@dancassidy35 Touche, but every great team is going to have to address that problem.
@Crow @SammyThunderer I like the hands and the savvy. I think the rebounding and scoring will translate, but I would be worried about him defending the block even against backup PFs. Overall, a very solid pick.
@SammyThunderer I definitely think so, but that only works if you knew that it was going to be the number one pick. Davis and Derrick williams/Kanter, etc are certainly a worse team. Even then, Irving has defied rather lofty expectations. Imagine bundling Kaman, Aminu and the Wolves pick to move up in this year's draft instead:
Irving-Gordon-Harrison Barnes-Griffin-Jordan. That could be a dangerous team for a long time.
@Lost Ones @jallenmorris that 'one player' is the best center in the West, do you not remember all the scrub centers having career nights against Nenad?
Anyone see Kevin Hart in the celebrity game? Possibly the first thing I have ever enjoyed from a celebrity game.
@SammyThunderer what might have been
@Lost Ones@Fezzy@Kreese29 It would be cool if it was actually automated and said "Once again DRose South has -2 more shots than KD" after a night in which KD took more shots.
2 years, 5 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 2.23.12
@Lost Ones@SammyThunderer By "contenders" do you mean SA and Chicago?
@SammyThunderer@JimboSlice I think that is more an indication to our depth than anything else.
@Thunder S Good point, but we've also never been in a win now mode.
Has SA ever made a rental move? That might be an indication of what Presti might do.
@gr8ball83@sammasaaron@f5alcon Maynor was drastically underappreciated. I get so irritated watching the second unti fritter leads away after getting used to them holding or growing a lead all of last year.
@Jax Raging Bile Duct@f5alcon George Hill cost the Pacers Kawhi Leonard and fantastic International prospect Davis Bertans last year.
@Jax Raging Bile Duct I love that list, but I don't think Sessions, Parker, Hill, Beaubois or Ridnour would be affordable.
Cheap?- Beno Udrih, Donald Sloan, Walker Russell,
Available D-leaguers- Antonio Daniels, Will Conroy, dominique coleman
@MartzMimic@Jax until very recently I would have totally agreed. The guy was a cancer. I think he has genuinely been humbled by this experience and I am curious to see if he has anything left after the knee blood-spinning procedure. He made some comments about RW that were absolutely spot on and showed he watched the team with sincere interest.
@Jax Raging Bile Duct What would everyone think about signing Gilbert Arenas to the veteran minimum?
@H2H Hombre just in time for him to be a challenge to resign after his rookie deal? I think there is something to be said for taking lower-ceiling, polished guys like maynor or international prospects in the draft for the next few years. I know that doesn't seem to play out in the front court as well...
Anyone notice that KD is second on the scoring list today?
2 years, 5 months ago on KD closes the door on a Boston comeback as OKC wins 119-104