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 @CollegeWolf  @Pants80 Well said @CollegeWolf  I was more making an argument for the sake of debate. Truth be told, KD is probably my biggest man crush next to Rubio and Love.  He is simply too hard a worker, too nice a guy and too spectacular a talent to not respect and root for.  I truly hope that if the Wolves can't take out the Lakers the Thunder can. 

2 years ago on How Howard Trade Affects the Wolves

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 @Pants80  @CollegeWolf It's certainly arguable that if Dwight reaches or exceeds his career highs that he is still the best player on either team and 2nd best player in league due to his defensive prowess

2 years ago on How Howard Trade Affects the Wolves

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 @Pants80  @CollegeWolf Every player's defense was pretty awful that game but here's a few other stats to consider- KD Olympic Team Totals- REB (2nd), STL (2nd), BLK (1st), AST (4th).  If Durant continues to improve his passing and defense this season I would go so far to say he would be the best player on either Thunder or Laker squad and the second best league wide

2 years ago on How Howard Trade Affects the Wolves

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 @CollegeWolf  @Pants80 I am going to have to agree with CollegeWolf here simply because there are more question marks tied to Lakers than Thunder.  Can Nash stay healthy w/o Phoneix training staff?  Is Howard's back injury one likely to resurface given the beatings he takes? Will Kobe dismiss Nash and continue his age old habit of ball hogging? Can Mike Brown properly adjust lineups in game and effectively use his bench?  The Thunder also have concerns coming into this season but their chemistry will only be enhanced after a full training camp.  What's more, I saw some notable improvements from KD and Westbrook on the defensive end during these Olympics.  Assuming that Ibaka and Harden improve at least marginally, they are still the quicker and more athletic team.  Scott Brooks is also a better coach and leader for his team.  I sense more miscommunication and perhaps even hostility between the Lakers and an overall harder time meshing together.

2 years ago on How Howard Trade Affects the Wolves

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 @dperrei Thanks so much!

 

2 years, 3 months ago on Video: The Thunder are BIG

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anyone know the song featured?

2 years, 3 months ago on Video: The Thunder are BIG

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@shorthorns4 I agree with your thoughts about the state of the west but am a little unclear if you think there is a hole to be filled and if so by who and when. Would you mind clarifying?

2 years, 6 months ago on OKC bites it against the Kings, 106-101

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Yeah I'd have to say that would be like letting a bull into a China shop.

2 years, 6 months ago on OKC bites it against the Kings, 106-101

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Some people have talked about acquiring personnel before the deadline, here are a couple things to keep in mind (this is posted lower in the chat btw)....

Unfortunately Aaron Brooks is out of the question. His team will go to playoffs in China and NBA players are disallowed from signing qualifying offers after March 5th (I think?) which basically means he will miss the time to make a move as a RFA due to his presence overseas. Best bet is someone like Ramon Sessions (keep in mind the Lakers have been rumored to pursue him, although they have even less assetts) or possibly even someone like Luke Ridnour (I'm from MN) but I don't know what kind of trade the Thunder would make. I know it sounds ideal to pick up one of these guys but in a trade you have to ask who you are willing to spare with, MN could be interested in a Mohammed but it would have to come with a lil more than that. Anyways Presti is a genius, he will figure it out but some veteran leadership and/or a better ball handler would certainly be a good fix for this team. Ideal situation is some people just end up playing to their potential (Perkins getting more offensive boards, RJ coming into his own and Serge Ibaka being a more explosive defensive presence). As Royce has accurately said, all elite teams are staring at issues they need to wash up before playoffs (Miami is taking much uglier losses than the Thunder) it's a matter of who can best remodel themselves for that competition when it comes. Eric's presence will be missed come playoffs especially if Westbrook gets out of hand in a game or two but overall I think the Thunder have the talent and most importantly the DRIVE to win come playoff time and this should not be underestimated.

2 years, 6 months ago on OKC bites it against the Kings, 106-101

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Unfortunately Brooks is out of the question. His team will go to playoffs in China and NBA players are disallowed from signing qualifying offers after March 5th (I think?) which basically means he will miss the time to make a move as a RFA due to his presence overseas. Best bet is someone like Ramon Sessions or possibly even someone like Luke Ridnour (I'm from MN) but I don't know what kind of trade the Thunder would make. I know it sounds ideal to pick up one of these guys but in a trade you have to ask who you are willing to spare with, MN could be interested in a Mohammed but it would have to come with a lil more than that. Anyways Presti is a genius, he will figure it out but some veteran leadership and/or a better ball handler would certainly be a good fix for this team. Ideal situation is some people just end up playing to their potential (Perkins getting more offensive boards, RJ coming into his own and Serge Ibaka being a more explosive defensive presence).

2 years, 6 months ago on OKC bites it against the Kings, 106-101

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