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@KDMVP1 @GlendaGonzales Presti should have lost that distinction after trading a top 10 player in the NBA for three pieces, none of which are even contributors for the Thunder two years later. Such an awful trade that only the local OKC media still defends.
9 months, 1 week ago on Too little, too late: Thunder fall in Game 5
@Royce Young @MostJadedGamerThe OKC Thunder media are the only remaining defenders of that ridiculous trade. The national media just simply crushes Presti over and over for it. I repeat, not a single player from the James Harden trade touched the floor tonight in a game in which the bench scored 9 total points. The Thunder essentially gave away a top 10-15 player in the league for nothing in return. Harden makes 5 million more than Perkins this year!
9 months, 1 week ago on New game, same story: Grizzlies survive Thunder magic again
Not a single player involved in the James Harden trade saw
the floor tonight for the Thunder. They essentially gave a top 10 player in the
league away to the Rockets for nothing. Somehow Royce will still defend the
trade though. Lol. Also, Kendrick Perkins made 8.5 million this year compared to 13.5 million for Harden.
The Thunder were asking a top 10 player in the league to come off the bench AND take less money. That really was ridiculous. How anyone could fault Harden for leaving is dumb. I understand that Royce is a Thunder employee, but that take is ridiculous. The only folks that do not think the Thunder made a mistake letting him go are the local OKC media. Everyone else knows it was ridiculous. Try to be objective. The Thunder have made millions and millions in profits and in the increase in the value of the franchise so to say it was a financial decision is simply not true.
9 months, 1 week ago on Harden: Money was the deciding factor in leaving OKC
Suggestion to help relieve some of the offensive pressure put on by the
Grizzlies: More screen-and-roll from Durant and Westbrook. It makes Tony
Allen either hedge off or fight over a screen. I don’t think isolating
KD on Allen is a great plan.
Brooks has only had 3 playoff matchups against Memphis the last few years. Give him time Royce...geez. He'll figure out at some point that posting up KD 25 feet from the basket against Tony Allen isn't the best idea.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Grizzlies even up despite some late magic from the Thunder
The fact that Royce thinks Harden should have been paid, or gotten the minutes of a sixth man make me laugh out loud. They essentially traded a top 8 player in the league (#5 in many folks MVP votes) for Jeremy Lamb, who isn't really in the rotation anymore and Steven Adams is ridiculous.
Scott Brooks' decision to never stop playing Perkins against the the Heat two years ago is reason enough to move him WAY down the pecking order of coaches in the NBA.
Those two reasons alone are worth justifying OKC as the 8th best run IMO. The fact is that Durant alone is good enough to carry a few teams to the title, he's simply that good. See LBJ in Cleveland.
10 months ago on A few thoughts on #FrontOfficeRank
Again, Perkins needs to be amnestied more than anything for the fact that Brooks refuses to use him in a limited role. Him starting is ridiculous and it's hampering Ibaka's growth. $9 million for Perkins is beyond a bad deal, I would argue it's easily the worst contract in the NBA.
1 year, 7 months ago on A Thunder free agency primer
@MostJadedGamer It's truly sad that Perkins has become a punchline for the TNT guys and is trending on twitter as being so terrible, yet he still makes nearly $9 million next season. Even at the league minimum he shouldn't be on the floor.
1 year, 8 months ago on Thunder fail late in Game 2 and Memphis evens up, 99-93
Truly the worst write-up I've seen on this site. Perk and Ibaka are overwhelmingly the reason the game was lost. Just take a look at their backcourt vs. ours. Gasol is averaging 22/7.5/4 on 59.3% shooting in two games after averaging 17/7.5/3.3 on 46.6% shooting in the prior series. I thought Perkins was supposed to be a good defender. If not, why on Earth is he in the game? He's been so abysmal on offense that he's been a huge negative. Several turnovers, dropped passes, cannot finish. I feel terrible that Durant has to play alongside him. How often does he set him up with a great pass only to see it dropped or not finished. If he comes back next season, Presti has clearly lost it. He's such a liability and holding this team back.
Are you seriously asking why Reggie Jackson isn't getting more looks for Martin? It's pretty simple, he's not a PG. Sure, he's short and fast and quick, but that doesn't make him a PG. He rarely ever looks to faciliate the offense and mostly looks to attack which isn't a bad thing until you compound the fact that OKC really needs a PG without Russ out there. The way the roster is constructed, it needs to be Durant initiating the offense and bringing it up the court. They can't deny him the ball and when they double he can find open guys.
1 year, 9 months ago on THTV: Panic in OKC?
@Landstander @shorthorns4 Ibaka? What types of shots do you expect him to get? Thabo? If you have confidence in him making a lot of clutch shots, we can't even have a conversation.
1 year, 9 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.2.13
@KD4theWin @nasama Then who takes over as SG? If they don't plan on re-signing him, why on earth did Jeremy Lamb not play more this season?
@Landstander The whole thing is just a rinse and repeat from last season when no one other than Westbrook or Durant showed up against the Heat. A lot of it's the system (or lack thereof) and a lot of it is the personnel. Does anyone really expect Martin, Thabo or Ibaka to make shots when it counts? I certainly don't. Time to surround the two All-Stars with quality shooters, ala Miami.
@f5alcon @shorthorns4 Dumb media. Anyone who can average 7-8 assists per game consistently is a PG in my book.
@f5alcon It's amazing that the organization doesn't have a single legitimate PG option besides Westbrook on the team. No, I don't count Jackson or Fisher as PGs merely because they are short. Neither has a game that remotely resembles a facilitator.
@propsizzle @Mr_posey It's really a shame that Lamb never got serious looks this season. He's potentially a huge part of next season. I think it will be a big mistake to bring Martin back. He seems to disappear way too often to make the kind of money that he will get. If Lamb had gotten serious looks, Brooks wouldn't hesitate to bring him in now.
1 year, 9 months ago on Thunder fall one step closer to bad history, 107-100
@Steve H This. Perkins and Brooks need to go desperately. This will be the third straight postseason that Brooks has been outclassed as a coach.
@Tricia Status @d21 @shorthorns4 Yes of course we need a system, but I've given up hope of Brooks installing any type of system with interchangable parts years ago. Plus, it's not as if that would be installed overnight. Time to let KD be a point forward and live and die by it IMO.
1 year, 9 months ago on Thunder searching for answers and living dangerously
@Tricia Status @shorthorns4 Fisher has never been a real PG, because he's always played in a triangle offense. Never really did much but bring the ball up the court, pass to Kobe and sit and wait for a 3-pointer. This is all a moot point if Westbrook isn't injured.
@tygablood @shorthorns4 Westbrook isn't necessarily a true PG but he's twice as good of a facilitator as Jackson. Again, this is more about the lack of guys who can create their own shots and not about Jackson who is a promising young player. The offense simply has to go through Durant handling the ball from this point forward IMO.
@Tricia Status @shorthorns4 Someone who can setup the offense and gets guys open shots. This team doesn't have many people that can create their own shot. A true PG would be able to get them the ball in their spots that they are the most effective in. Again, this isn't knocking Jackson. I wish we had him and Maynor, but if I had to choose, I would take Maynor with the absence of Westbrook. Also, we need a PG that can spread the floor and knock down open shots when given the opportunity from Durant double teams. Jackson is a horrific outside shooter (23% from 3 this year).
This is what happens when you don't have a true PG on the roster. As
talented and improved as Jackson is, he's never going to be a true PG.
This team would be better off with Maynor right now IMO because at least
he could set the offense, tempo, etc. Instead, Jackson is a
mini-Westbrook. That's not a knock on him, but this team has enough
defensive minded, drive to the hoop type of players. It's in desperate
need of a facilitator. Unfortunately, Durant is by far the best
remaining player on the roster at that. For some reason, the Thunder got
away from him bringing the ball up the court in the second half and it
killed them. Well, that and allowing Perkins to play a single minute of
@Steve H Agree completely. It's the same reason that Perkins needs to be amnestied next year. He is a good option against a few teams in the West, but his minutes cannot be trusted with Brooks. It's a shame that Lamb isn't playing more. Next year, we'll look back and be completely disappointed he didn't play more this season.
1 year, 10 months ago on Nuggets outgun the Thunder, 114-104
@FF_pickups @Lost Ones If Martin isn't re-signed, Lamb will need to play a hell of a lot more than 12 minutes per game next season. More like 25 IMO. Team has to have a third scoring option.
1 year, 11 months ago on 3-on-3: Bench, please
It's truly amazing the limited minutes that Lamb has played this season when you consider how important he could be next year if the Thunder are unable or unwilling to re-sign Martin.
@Brob785 Of the four, I really wish Lamb were getting some run with the first or second units. His development will be crucial to next season if Martin doesn't return.
1 year, 11 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 2.26.13
@SeanzieCrews He can't help himself. He will always play veterans way too many minutes. See Perkins.
@thunder_mike This team needs a scorer way more than it needs someone like PJ. The entire roster is lousy with guys that can play defense, rebound, etc, but not score. Outside of Durant and Westbrook, there's no one on the roster next year that can create their own shot, assuming Martin is not re-signed. Lamb's development is much more important than PJ's.
1 year, 11 months ago on Why are the Thunder bringing back Derek Fisher?
@D_Fish's_6th_Ring The whole thing goes back to Perkins getting so many minutes. Perkins in the game meant that he was defending Bosh, Ibaka was on Battier and Durant took whoever was leftover. Perkins playing a single minute in that series was a disaster.
@okcjim If Martin is not re-signed, the Thunder have to get another scorer. As it is, Martin is the only offensive player that comes off the bench. If they plan on Lamb being the SG next season, I have no idea why he isn't in the rotation right now.
This move spells disaster. It's not the fact that he's on the roster, it's the fact that Brooks will fall in love with him again and give him way too many minutes again. It's the same for Perkins playing against opponents he has no business playing against. Brooks completely overvalues leadership and veterans.
@bmuelle22 @Thunder ATX @anonymous12345 @PerkPunt Pretty sure he could play alongside Westbrook. Westbrook can play either SG or PG. Essentially would be an upgrade over Reggie Jackson.
1 year, 11 months ago on Reports: Eric Maynor traded to Portland
Someone please explain the trade exception again. Thanks in advance.
@BeautyandThabeet @TempBoy Brandon The problem with Reggie is that he is just another defensive/energy guy. He's not a very good offensive player and this team is full of solid defensive guys that don't shoot the ball well. I think the team would be much better sticking with Maynor to see if he can regain his form from two years ago. I'm afraid he's going to leave after this year and blow up next year. He was on his way towards being a very good player before his injury, seems hard to believe that he won't become that player again. He was much better in year two than Jackson has been this year.
1 year, 11 months ago on Five leftovers from Miami’s Valentine massacre
@f5alcon If true, you have to really question the Thunder's decision not to re-sign Harden. I think he's proven beyond a shadow of doubt in Houston that he's a max player and still isn't near his prime. If they weren't trading him for financial reasons, it was a bad call based on ability. SMH.
@BallSoHard @shorthorns4 @MJOKC @BeautyandThabeet Yes because the bad outweighs the good and he makes way too much money. If he made half as much and Brooks only used him against certain matchups then I would for them to keep him. As it is, he's an overall negative.
@f5alcon Wow. I sure hope you're wrong. The cap is by far the bigger issue. There's simply no way they can spin it that they don't have the money to take the financial hit, they've made a few hundred million the last couple of years (counting increase in franchise value). I respect your opinion, cash flow has got to be a huge positive these days considering the constant sellouts and waiting list for season tickets. If they don't amnesty him, I think they'll have trouble keeping Martin if they wish. This team without a quality bench scorer wouldn't even be in the top 4 in the West IMO.
@Sup' Bruh' Ibaka is not defending Bosh, its mostly Perkins. Nick Collison is not being relied on nearly enough. He should be getting several of Perkins' minutes. Collison isn't even averaging 20 mins per game!
@BallSoHard @MJOKC @BeautyandThabeet Perk at C = Jeff Green at PF. This team will not reach its full potential until Perkins is gone and Collison is able to get more minutes. It's a shame we have to see the same story over and over with Perk and Brooks' refusal to take him off the floor in bad matchups.
@Dubyaexwhizey Yes I was wrong. I'm not mad at Perk, I wish that he was on the books for half or less the salary that he is. I also wish he only played against the teams he was needed against. He's an asset against a few teams in the West, but at this point the good outweighs the bad IMO and the Thunder really need a couple of other pieces they don't have the salary space for.
@f5alcon I apologize. I was given incorrect info. Next season has to be the year they amnesty him, right? I mean surely they can't keep his payroll on the books next year.
@BallSoHard @BeautyandThabeet I don't think there's a chance in the world those teams could compete with the Thunder when they play small. Just take a look at the numbers, the Thunder are much better going small. Can you imagine Marc Gasol defending Ibaka in the post? What about Duncan defending Durant?
@BeautyandThabeet The Thunder don't have to trade him. They can amnesty him today and his huge salary is instantly off the books clearing a lot of cap space. If you think there's a single team out there that would trade for him and his ridiculous salary, you're mistaken. He's dead weight at this point IMO. Time to go small ball and get a couple of shooters.
@Royce Young The problem is that if you made a personnel decision involving only X's and O's, there are several teams that Perkins should not see the floor against. The Heat and the Clippers both come to mind. Instead, Brooks plays him similar minutes regardless of the matchup. It's the reason OKC constantly gets into a hole against the Heat. He simply cannot be on the floor against them because he isn't effective on either end of the floor.
@Royce Young Just so we're clear, you think leaving Perkins in to defend Bosh is a good idea? It was a nightmare last night. Bosh is a terrible matchup for Perkins.
@TempBoy Brandon No Reggie, replace him with another player who can shoot. I'm convinced the Thunder could put any capable shooter on the floor and be much better off. I'm so envious of even Norris Cole because he simply gets wide open looks all game long and he knocks them down consistently. Russ is big enough to defend any SG in the league, so the other guy could easily defend the opposing PG. I really hope the Thunder give Lamb a chance in the second half. The team is desperately missing a shooter.
You're off the mark about Perkins. Him being in the game is the sole reason that Ibaka is defending Battier on the wing and not able to protect the rim. Perkins on Bosh is a complete mismatch because he's so much quicker. That's why he was constantly going around him and tipping out rebounds. In any game that Perkins is not needed for defense, he doesn't need to play. Period. He's such a liability on offense that he hinders the Thunder on that side too. The Thunder needs to play Ibaka or Collison against the Heat and never both at the same time with Durant at the 4. They need to get another shooter to space the floor, because they constantly trap and double both Durant and Westbrook because they know there are three offensively inept players playing alongside them. Ibaka continues to shrink in big moments.
@ThunderStruck2412 You can't get rid of the sixth man of the year and top 20 player in the league and say that the Thunder have a better bench. It's just not true. The difference between championship caliber teams and playoff contenders is huge in the NBA. Six teams have the last 15 championships in the NBA. The Thunder were a championship team, not they're not. It sucks.
2 years, 3 months ago on Five leftover questions from the Harden saga
@ou_sas @MissYouCole The bottom line is that when you have a legitimate chance to win titles in the NBA, you take it because it doesn't come along very often and there's no such thing as fluke titles in the NBA. Six teams have won a title in the last 15 years. The Thunder just made it a lot more difficult to win one because they chose to get rid of a budding superstar at least one year too early. Really quite a shame that ownership's pockets got in the way of a championship caliber dynasty.
@MissYouCole That's just inaccurate. If you are making $30-35 million per season, adding the contracts of Russ, Harden and the tax is still not going to cost you that much. None of this is to even mention the $200 million increase in the value of the franchise. Don't feel bad for Bennett, this is a profitable machine.