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Hey Royce, good to see I'm not the only person still bitter losing a special talent like Harden. :) Thx!
1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder smoke the Rockets a second time, 124-94
@thelaughingwiseman Better player.
1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder at Rockets: Pregame Primer
Whatever, Perk just sucks.
1 year, 11 months ago on The Thunder’s ‘big’ problem
@Sigmund Lol. In all our dreams, maybe.
1 year, 11 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Rookie Russ
@BallSoHard Pretty much every NBA player is...
1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder outlast Dallas in an overtime thriller, 111-105
O.k., usually I post negative stuff about the Harden trade...but it's time to mention another thing once again...KD is absolutely amazing and could really reach the Lebron level in a year or 2. Ibaka looks great as well. Can't wait for the playoffs!
@HookemKD Because you probably have nothing else to do...
1 year, 11 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 12.27.12
@<--Not About Dat Lyfe You're right. He's definitely better off now. Hopefully, Houston won't overake OKC soon...
@HookemKD Lebron IS the best player since MJ. It's not wrong to state the truth.
@Tronchaser How is it better long term? A core of KD, Harden, Russ and Ibaka (all used correctly) would have been a dynasty.
@HookemKD KD is having a super season and his time as the nr 1 will come for sure...but he's nr 2 now and nowhere near Lebron yet. The finals unfortunately proved it.
@<--Not About Dat Lyfe Presti's mistake. Once Houston came up, 80 million came up. Of course he walks for an extra 25 mil. So would you. Plus to chance to show he can ball...
But if Presti doesn't trade him and matches a max offer for 60 mil, Harden is still here. I don't understand your point. Presti would have made those 5 million with the sales of false beards, too...goes both ways.
@Tronchaser Well said. I agree. But this is a fan board, isn't it? My opinion is that Harden is proving to be one of the premier players in this league, and he's 23.
Let me ask you...do you think it was good for the team to trade him?
@<--Not About Dat Lyfe Come on...don't deny the fact that Harden was under contract. If Presti didn't want him gone, he'd still be here.
@<--Not About Dat Lyfe Sure...they can fire him anytime...wasn't the finals enough for you? OKC was the better team. One player shouldn't dominate a whole team, even if that one dude is Lebron...but hey, Perk did something well, I guess...I just didn't see it.
@ILikePancakes Come on now...Houston can't beat OKC...
@Tronchaser So you should...he makes the decisions. Mostly, good ones. But your holy man isn't flawless, and trading Harden was horrible. Just like having Brooks coach anything but a high school soccer team...what do you think about Harden, Brooks or Perk?
@<--Not About Dat Lyfe Seriously, not even I think trading Harden was Presti's biggest mistake. It's nr. 3...behind 1. extending Brooks and 2. holding on to Perk...without these 3, I'd be the happiest Thunder fan. :)
@<--Not About Dat Lyfe You don't have to get into it if you don't care. :) But it doesn't matter what Harden wanted. If Presti would have played out this season and just matched the following max offer, Harden would be here for this and 4 more years. It was all in Presti's hands...and he let him go.
As far as who's better, Russ or Harden...you probably know my answer. :) To me, you just have to watch a game of both teams and it's more than obvious. But that doesn't even matter...they're both special, and I'm not talking Russ should have gone. Players like that - you keep.
And you're right...he probably can't improve much on O...he's so good that I wouldn't know how. He'll "only" get stronger, faster, more experienced...like all great players. Man...he scores in the 30ies with less than 20 shots regularily. You gotta be kidding...
@<--Not About Dat Lyfe Hey, we agree here. :)
@<--Not About Dat Lyfe Don't know about NY beating OKC...but man, I'd take anything to just get rid of Brooks...
@dollarbillrussell On D, they should have left Harden at the 2 and Russ at the 1. But on O, they should have just flipped it. Let Harden create for himself and KD, with Russ running around, back-cutting and stuff like that...or have Russ score for the bench unit. Whatever. It would have worked - unless Brooks is your coach. If you draft KD, Russ, Harden and Ibaka, you keep them. Can't have too much young and very special talent.
@<--Not About Dat Lyfe Why not? It's natural a lot of us are disappointed. You don't give up a player of that magnitude. On offense, nobody is CLEARLY better. Lebron, KD and Harden are in a class of their own offensively. Don't start with Melo or Kobe...they're nowhere near as efficent or make their teammates better. Harden makes Houston look like the Showtime Lakers. And they're the youngest team, too.
If my favorite team gifts away such a talent (plus fan favorite), I can't help but be upset...I've hated Brooks for Harden's role forever (y'all know it, I said over a year ago Harden should be fighting KD for MVPs)...it's at least 75% Brooks fault. If he would have let that dude lead KD and Russ, they'd be steamrolling everybody.
Good for Harden, though. Even as an OKC fan, it would be cool to be fighting a great Houston squad, led by Harden, in the future...they've got cap...could get somebody good and make a few trades...
Man...I just watched Hardend destroy the Wolves...unreal. It still hurts...this team could have been absolutely special with Harden as their number one playmaker and KD playing off of him...what on earth was Presti thinking...
@AchillesHeald @wannabeGM If you read the 1st sentence, I say core 4...guess whom I meant by that.
And again...a team with KD and Russ will never be bad. Picking Ibaka & Russ was great (even though K-Love was still available at 4), but KD was a no-brainer. Don't give him too much credit.
1 year, 11 months ago on Report: Wizards turned down James Harden trade offer
@diddoff That's what I think, too. Brooks is the biggest mistake Presti ever made, even above giving away Harden. And he keeps him for a few more years...why?
@DXL Lol, you genius...
@ThunderChick2010 I hear ya...but any team with KD and Russ will be improving, as they are naturally improving. This team could be much better even. And I think they should already be champs. That hurts.
Why are you guys still so high on Presti?
He nailed 3 drafts (KD was easy), getting the "core 4". Collison's contract was nice, so was stealing Maynor.
But since then...he let go of a top 5 scorer and offensive player in the league. He holds onto Perk. He extends Scott Brooks. He drafted Cole Aldrich (11th) and Mullens (in the 20ies). Eric Bledsoe, who's clearly a monster waiting to be unleashed (not unlike Harden), was given away. Jackson, a very poor man's Bledsoe, is here instead.
In fact...after KD/Russ, which young talent came though? Harden wasn't being used correctly, Aldrich never even got a chance (probably right, but who knows), now PJ3, Lamb and others don't get any minutes, even though OKC is still clearly good enough to have a great record if they coasted through the regular season.
I guess a lot of this is on Brooks as well, but then Presti should have just let him go. Still can't get over that finals loss. O.k., Lebron is one of the very best ever...but team-wise, OKC looked much better. Brooks messed up so badly by playing Perk and having Harden defend Lebron, taking him out of the series.
Thank god KD/Russ are so good that this team still looks awfully tough to beat, but I’m not AS CONVINCED as I used to be a year or 2 ago about the front office. I can only hope he finally does something about the C spot. GET VAREJAO! Cleveland would want picks and youngsters. If Sideshow gets OKC’s boards, it’s over for Miami. Unless Brooks is coaching…
@OBoy Jones III The Lakers will never be successful again with Kobe. He has always been a locker room cancer, but especially this team is dysfunctional because of his childish antics. Plus, he must be one of the worst defenders in the league now.
He's had huge frontcourts throughout his career, he's one of the most overrated players ever and now that he's lost his athletic ability, there's nothing left. They are no danger at all for OKC, the Grizz or the Spurs.
1 year, 11 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 12.11.12
@Timr2012 Not only Sideshow, who would be AMAZING. Omer Asik would get his 11/12 here as well. Still strange that even while trading away one of his best players, Presti didn't force Morey to swap Perk/Asik as well. If Asik were here, it would have been huge.
Either one of the 2 would make OKC tough to beat. With Bogut and Bynum out, these 2 might be the best C behind Howard, along with Marc Gasol.
I disagree about Gortat. He'd be a huge upgrade as well.
I don't have anything personal against Perk and I understand stats don't tell the whole story...but he's not a good player. And too short to make up for it. A starting C should rebound. He doesn't. He can hold position on D, but he's got no lift and slow legs. So he stops nobody flying by. On O, he's got brick hands, no footwork, can't dribble, can't get high enough for dunks but misses his layups...so all this is getting ignored because he sets good screens?
Maybe we could bring in a sumo ringer for screening KD. Anyone but Perk.
1 year, 12 months ago on Thunder roll over the overmatched Hornets, 100-79
@OBoy Jones III Stud.
2 years ago on Back on track: OKC takes down Portland, 106-92
@tygablood Even I wouldn't go THAT far. It was one of the worst trades in NBA history, but the team is still really good. I think they have a shot at it. But with Harden...oh man...
@courtsense What's there to postpone? What do you think Harden could do if given charge over an offense with KD in it? That would have been dynasty stuff.
@TreyFiveOnMyBack @supreme35 Are ya'll serious? He scores a lot, incredibly efficiently (like nobody else) and sets up teammates in bunches. He can't do anymore, he does it all.
@Legendary_Dork My goodness, you really can't be this insane...I've been saying it to you all along. Harden can play with anyone. The trade will forever be OKC's biggest regret.
@supreme35 @TreyFiveOnMyBack What's hard to understand? KD is a better rebounder and defender. Both not even close. But he's not as good on offense as Harden. It's showing, isn't it?
@TreyFiveOnMyBack Yes, we traded away our best offensive player. KD is better overall, but Harden is incredible in creating plays for himself and especially, for others. He makes Houston look good, and everybody had them in for a top draft choice. I still can't believe he never got the chance to lead KD and Westbrook...still sad.
I know..."There WERE no obstacles"...I just read what I acutally wrote...got pretty long...but I had to express my pain again, I believe. :)
2 years ago on TrueHoop TV: Missing Harden
Like the nostalgy, Royce. Can't get over it either. I cannot believe they gave away such a unique opportunity. Lebron is 28 soon. In 3 years, he'll be 31, Bosh also. And Wade 33 - done.
Harden & Ibaka 26, KD & Russ 27. That's not even a contest. In 3 years at the latest (why not this year?), they would have taken over the league, with only the great Lebron in the way now.
I've been wondering forever why nobody else complained about this superstar waiting to blow up being so ridiculously underused. With him as KD's playmaker...man. I see 25/10a/5r for Harden and 35 for KD. Put Maynor in the 1st unit with them and let Russ destroy the reserves by himself. That's what he's great at. Or do whatever...play Harden with Russ to keep him in line...whatever. You make it work. "Too much talent" sounds like a problem a coach should be able to manage. Plus Ibaka will learn how to play D some day.
They hit 3 straight drafts TO PERFECTION. That's unheard of. You simply don't give this opportunity away. That's what every team dreams about - this situation. They would have been unstoppable soon. For a while, too. There where no obstacles. He was under contract and about to become a RFA after the season. Thunder match the max. Done. Set for half a decade. I was 100% convinced it was going to happen this way.
Good bye, Harden. His play will make it tough to root for the team that didn't see him. He responded with a 37/12/5/4/1 line. The other 3 players to do that in 25 years? MJ, Bird, Wade.
Money? Pleaaaase...they offered 55, he could have gotten 60. I know...luxury, too. But come on...we're talking about Harden. If Bennett refuses, trade others. Amnesty Perk. Do whatever you like, but keep this core of 4. Other will come and join at a discount, plus your draft picks, They're so deep, it wouldn't have mattered to get rid of a few role players.
Very sad, I'm still shocked.
@FreeFezzyFel/IHateBrookies @Jooseppi @justin_mia They will go after Howard again hard. Harden is better than anything LA has to offer, plus Lin, Asik and decent youngsters. I'm not saying he'll go there, but better that than LA.
2 years ago on Friday Bolts - 11.2.12
@Skyline He's Charles. Great on TV, but he has his black-outs.
@FreeFezzyFel/IHateBrookies @justin_mia @Jooseppi Houston will go after biggest names now with Harden there. They don't want big Al...
@justin_mia BIGGEST LIKE EVER. I'd quit being a Thunder fan.
@justin_mia Beat me to it. :)
@Stern Storm Warning Utah won't do that deal.
@Stern Storm Warning Agree with Justin. Bring back Harden and you don't need a big.
Besides...Al for Martin straight up? Lol...you'd only have a chance with Presti sitting in Utah... :)
@Stern Storm Warning See? That's my problem. I want Harden back! :) This trade was the worst ever. I don't know if I'll ever get over that.
@Stern Storm Warning Brooks won't play him, give it up.
With Harden gone, get used to horrible offense. The only player who can make plays for others now is Maynor, and he plays 5 minutes a night because Brooks likes to go big with our dominant C - Perk. This team can still be good, but it's probably not beating Miami.