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This team will eventually spend into the luxury tax...I'm sure of it.
Presti and the ownership are looking 4 and 5 years into the future right
now and that is why they are being careful. They aren't scared to
spend money, but they don't want to have a fire sale in 5 years when the
penalties are multiplied and be forced to let Kevin and/or Russ walk because they can't afford the taxes anymore.
1 year, 3 months ago on Friday Bolts – 8.2.13
People around the country fail to understand the "one team" dynamic...OKC has no other pro sports. All of the attention / sponsorship money is squarely on the Thunder. While the TV money is less than it could be, the franchise has made money here from day 1 when it was losing money in Seattle. Which franchise is more likely to spend money: a) smaller market money making team b) bigger market money losing team ?
Face it guys...we are never going to "win" the off-season. That's because free agents are the known commodities of the nba, and the Thunder isn't going to spend with the big dogs because "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
The Thunder "won" in the draft several years in a row - Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka, (Jackson?)...but you never know how a draft will turn out because rookies are total unknowns and often take a couple of years to catch up mentally/physically to the NBA. I would bet all of the guys mentioned were better "gets" than the vast majority of free agents that other teams scooped up during those off-seasons. Yet, those big spender teams got all the attention (with the exception of Durant). The only team that has outpaced us with the FA approach is Miami...and frankly, we couldn't have done what they did.
My point is that the Thunder are ALWAYS going to build through the draft and not by playing the FA market like Miami, NY, LA, etc. It will always seem like other teams are outpacing us in the off-season, yet the on court results show that we are a team that is getting better and better the slow and steady way.
Let the Nets, etc. win the off-season...I like winning in the real season, and the Thunder have proved they will do just that.
1 year, 3 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 7.31.13
@propsizzle @Turfright @soonerstatestud I got an offer to get the magazine and a year of ESPN insider for $10, so I finally signed up.
1 year, 3 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.30.13
One tweak I would LOVE to see regarding the luxury tax in order to help teams keep players they develop ala James Harden: A player receiving a "max" extension from the team that drafted them will only count 80% towards the luxury tax. We would currently have 3 players who would qualify...and we could still have a little wiggle room to get a player or two without being hit with the luxury tax.
Interesting thing about the "wall" on the Oklahoman's site. From the Tulsa World website, if you click the blurb to the article on the Oklahoman's main site...no wall / full article. Not that this particular article was worth the extra effort, but it's nice to know there is a work around if there is an article blocked that you don't want to wait for. Just have to hope it is one of the articles linked by the World.
@OBoy Both Grantland pieces were worth a read...especially on a slow day.
These guys are playing some Thunder defense right now...they are really locking them down.
1 year, 4 months ago on Friday Bolts – 7.12.13
Gotta finish...but if a rebound was ever a highlight reel play...that was it.
Wow...that is my new favorite summer league play. Adams!!!!!!
@Jax Raging Bile Duct @soonerstatestud Once and I wasn't impressed...but I think he may have been coming back from an injury.
Daniel Orton has been one of the biggest stiffs I've ever seen play basketball...until now. Revalation or summer league flash in the pan?
At firstrow, use the nbatv link as there is no link for our specific game. http://firstrowus.eu/watch/128385/1/watch-nba-tv.html
We've got to go all out to win this 'ship today. Presti understands this, which is why he traded Kevin Martin for "Scrabble" yesterday. The trade exception was just a distraction to keep people from seeing the summer league power play from Presti. I wonder what number he'll wear today?
1 year, 4 months ago on Thunder get $7M trade exception in Martin sign-and-trade
I used to have a negative attitude about the whole Harden-Martin trade and how it turned out...but that was before Presti magically turned this into the widow-peaked assassin known as Scrabble! I can now see the master's plan in all it's glory...and it's magnificent!
This just means that the Thunder aren't as cheap as some of you have made them out to be...they just believe in being smart with their money and not spending it on the first flashy thing that catches their eye. I believe the Thunder will be luxury tax payers this season before it's all said and done...but only if the move makes long term sense and short term sense. Long term is the way this franchise thinks, and that is why they haven't needed to make any knee jerk moves this offseason. They feel like the young talent they have stock piled will pay off and they will let the market come to them and get a good deal at the trade deadline.
@AnthonyTrends U mad bro?
@[corporate shill] @BallSoHard This is what I don't get about all of the amnesty perkins talk. We'd be on the hook for at least half his salary anyway...money is money and that would basically be forcing us to pay extra. Why does it matter if it's "luxury tax" money or Perkins amnesty money. If we don't want to pay the tax, why amnesty Perk? I know they have the rule where luxury tax fines increase the number of years in a row you pay...I guess that would be the only reason. I don't see anybody suggesting to amnesty Perk and NOT sign another player. Now that would make financial sense.
@[corporate shill] Karl Malone is still a cap hit for them? HAHAHA
@AnthonyTrends Do you mean D league instead of summer league? There is no reason that summer league guys can't/won't be contributors on the NBA roster this year. I don't expect Lamb to go back to the d league...and certainly not reggie jackson. The rookies this year and perhaps PJIII will continue to spend time in the d league to get them ready for the call. Lamb and Jackson will be our guards off the bench for Thabo and Russ.
Time to fan scout the Rockets for tomorrows championship game...
1 year, 4 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.11.13
I love that Lamb didn't try to ballhog his way to the record the last two minutes...he was willing to facilitate for his teammates and let them shoot open shots. I love team basketball and Lamb just earned my respect for his unselfish play.
1 year, 4 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 7.10.13
Do the games stream online for free this year?
1 year, 4 months ago on 10 things for Summer League
@Old Man Game Not sure if he can make it in the NBA...but I love his game. He will be a pro somewhere for awhile and make some nice money. I wouldn't bet against him making an nba roster.
In College Park, MD. / Washington D.C. right now....we met a high school girl who found out we were from Oklahoma and wanted to talk about the thunder. She said she thought about moving to Oklahoma City someday because it just seemed like an awesome place to live from seeing it on tv. Impact of the nba...changing the way young people think about OKC.
2 years, 5 months ago on Practice Report: Keep calm and… keep calm
Boomer Sooner! Let's bring that NC trophy home!!! ---Wait, we have a team in the N-B-A finals??!!
2 years, 5 months ago on Thunder will play the Heat: Full NBA Finals schedule
@MrButterNuts Only until Maynor comes back next year...then you have to put it back in the "favorite" column
2 years, 5 months ago on Spurs vs. Thunder: Game 4 Pregame Primer
2 years, 5 months ago on Thunder suffocate the Spurs in Game 3, 102-82
Even though I have been a bigtime proponent of having Harden come off the bench...this series I start him. It comes down to who are you going to have Thabo guarding out of the starting group for SA. I would use Thabos minutes to check Ginobli, sometimes with Harden on the court as well. Obviously either Durant, Harden, or Westbrook would have to be on the court at any given time, but it seems like wasted minutes to have Thabo starting and then pull him out when you need to guard their best perimeter player. I also use Harden on Ginobli for part of the time...but having Thabo take some of those defensive minutes should help keep James fresh and active on offense.
2 years, 6 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.23.12
@Keith00 @f5alcon @Skyline Didn't that just happen a few weeks ago? I don't know about 100 pts, but I thought all 3 scored 30+. Maybe it was just a dream. LOL
2 years, 6 months ago on Monday Bolts - 5.21.12
"I don't want support for what I did," World Peace said. "I still love my fans, but I don't want to be supported for (that). Even though he came and ran up behind me and he's done that before to Tyson Chandler and other players and he flopped even in the series (against Dallas) in the first round, but I don't want support for that."
2 years, 6 months ago on Oklahoma City will play the Lakers in the second round
This article has some of the same Artest quotes as the yahoo article...but it also as several even more inflamatory quotes. Talk about bulletin board material. OKC - no, the entire state - is going to be hyped up beyond belief.
@Crownme Just pointing out I never said I had a problem with it. You definitely don't want to go around giving out bulletin board material to all your biggest rivals. The overexposure of athletes to the media has led to robotic answers as a form of self preservation. It's just a product of the times we live in. Still, it's funny when the answer doesn't address the question in any way.
2 years, 7 months ago on OKC soars past the Bulls in clash of top teams, 92-78
@Old Man Game @ThunderChick2010 Great point. It really doesn't matter what question is asked, the answer is always the same. Westbrook always talks about defense and rebounding and is sure to mention his big guys, Durant always talks about one game at a time and not wanting to get too high or too low about 1 game.
This is an extremely confused attempt at journalism...is he listing what the positive attributes the lakers are missing, or is he listing the negative things they are stuck with? Can't make up his mind.
"The Lakers are good but they don’t seem to have all the pieces of a contender — consistent defense, weak transition defense, good bench depth at the two and four, and they still struggle to shoot consistently from the outside."
2 years, 7 months ago on Friday Bolts – 3.30.12
Russ drive and shot to end the 3rd quarter MUST be top play. That one handed crossover full speed was just sick...then he stuck in the dagger. Ballgame!
2 years, 7 months ago on Thunder at Lakers: Pregame Primer
On the KD commercial about Doodlejump he says that time was running out with no one to pass it to..then it shows Durant isolating while Nazr stands all alone begging for the ball. Yeah, this is pretty much an accurate portrayal of the NBA's version of crunch time offense. I know it's just a commercial but this is one of my major gripes with NBA basketball. If two guys want to guard Durant 30 ft from the basket, why can't 4 nba quality players get a good shot off against 3 defenders. Drives me nuts.
4 reasons why I like the Fisher signing:
1) Ownership is committed to winning even if it means spending extra money. The only thing this costs us, besides Ryan Reid (not a piece going forward), is cash from the owners pockets. Thank you ownership.
2) Free Agents WILL come to OKC - Fisher had his pick of destinations and chose OKC. Just goes to show you that the right atmosphere and winning will bring free agents to our humble city.
3) Leadership - Derek Fisher will have the same kind of impact that Perkins has had on the team. He is a true professional who will help this team mature.
4) On Court Play - How often have we longed for the steady hand of Eric Maynor to step while Russ is on the bench. Fisher can be that calming, change of pace kind of guy who doesn't need the ball in his hands. His game will go very well with James Harden.
This signing is a big deal for OKC. It shows that the right kind of free agent will gladly head over to our neck of the woods in hopes of winning a championship. Go Thunder!
2 years, 8 months ago on Fisher debuts and KD dazzles as OKC kicks the Clippers, 114-91
http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2012/03/21/what-you-need-to-know-about-obamas-speech-in-cushing-oklahoma/ This says Obama plans to be at the game...anyone else heard this? Does he get cheered or booed?
2 years, 8 months ago on Clippers vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
2 years, 8 months ago on Monday Bolts - 2.27.12
My favorite play of the night was the Nash pass to Westbrook for the reverse. Beautiful basketball.
2 years, 8 months ago on Kevin Durant wins the 2012 All-Star Game MVP
@Old Man Game LOL...Considering it was the Oscars and not the Grammys. But I 2nd the idea that Best Male Lead went to.....KD.
@persiansooner He lost me when he started going on and on about how Doc Rivers needed to be complaining about a foul that WAS called. Wait, so now you gripe at the refs for making calls for your team? He also seemed to be relying on to lazy stereotypes (Westbrook can't hit the jumper). Ticked me off.
2 years, 9 months ago on Celtics vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
The color announcer tonight is awful...I guess we got the "B" team of announcers? Should I know this guy?