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Is that just me or is that a well known fact?


10 months, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 12.18.13

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I think that we should not get too concerned with Westbrook until we actually see him back at full strength...

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Reggie Jackson, and pending anxiety

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@MrRaysian Usually it is because of import taxes.  A lot of countries have taxes that they place on electronics, in order to help support their home country industries (not that Australia really has a big laptop industry..).  I remember when I lived in Africa, whenever someone would try to send me something from the US, i would have to pay a ton on it if it was electronic.  I actually refused to pay the import tax on a camera one time, and they sent it back to my parents.


1 year ago on Practice Report: Tuning up

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@Tricia Status As a part time Wizard's fan (I live in DC so go to games fairly often), Nick Young makes me mad to just think about.  He certainly will shoot it, but I think he is sort of a locker room minus, and he breaks the offense every time he touches the ball.

1 year, 6 months ago on Thunder come up just short as Houston forces Game 5, 105-103

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 @lmp5336  @doofUSA To say you "won" or "lost" a trade, sure, hindsight is a fair way to judge it.  But when you say that he "traded a young superstar for a few draft picks and an unproven rookie", you are missing a couple of pieces.  Presti traded a chance that a young superstar would sign with them at a rate they could stomach, for a few draft picks, and unproven rookie, and some chance that a very good player that fits very well into their system would sign with them at a rate they could stomach.  

 

I am just trying to make the case that it is not really fair to judge the decision making process of a GM through hindsight.  To make any decision, you have to make a number of calculations about an unknown future, and they risks involved have to be included in judgement of the decision.

1 year, 9 months ago on Kevin Martin on OKC: ‘This is my spot … hopefully’

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 @doofUSA I think that it is a bit unfair to judge a trade or a draft pick as a miscalculation based on how it eventually turns out.  of course presti took into account the fact that martin could walk, but when he made the trade, it was maybe a 30% chance?  50% chance?  I dont know.  But the point is that he is weighing the potential that he doesnt as part of the calculation.  

 

Just like the like oden over durant.  obviously it turned out to be the wrong pick, but it doesnt mean it was miscalculated.  It just means that the risk that Portland took didnt go in their favor.

 

Whenever you make a decision, you assume some risk.  looking back with 20 20 hindsight isnt really a fair way to judge things. 

1 year, 9 months ago on Kevin Martin on OKC: ‘This is my spot … hopefully’

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 @justin_mia  @f5alcon Unless we win a championship this year.  in that case, even if he walks they got a championship and a better salary situation...

1 year, 9 months ago on Kevin Martin on OKC: ‘This is my spot … hopefully’

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David Stern is just lucky that there is an NHL, so he can avoid the worst commish in sports label.  This "substantial sanctions", BS is one of the most annoying and frustrating things Ive heard in a while.  

 

If anyone had any illusions that the goal of a team in the NBA should be to win a championship, this should shatter that.  David Stern has just punished a team for trying to be a good as they can. ugh

1 year, 11 months ago on Practice Report: Preaching patience for Lamb

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 @anonymous12345  @Lost Ones Justifiable.

 

1 year, 11 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 11.15.12

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 @cdub00  @Legendary_Dork Counter factual arguments never go anywhere helpful

1 year, 11 months ago on Lining Up: Evaluating OKC’s starting unit

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 @Lost Ones Actually, Ibaka if Ibaka keeps hitting that mid range jumper, they are going to have to start covering him more when he moves out, which will help spacing a bit

1 year, 11 months ago on Memphis outplays the Thunder in a rugged game, 107-97

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 @ou_sas  @El Prez You know, he is someone I pretty much disagree with on everything, but would still think about voting for if I still lived in OK.  Stand up guy who actually sticks to principles, not ideological dogma.  

 

Not a lot of those in politics

1 year, 11 months ago on Memphis outplays the Thunder in a rugged game, 107-97

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 @PerkPunt  @booles Yeah, booles, I think that Perk probably gets more grief than he really deserves.  Most of the problem with his perceptions is how he is used.  We use him as a first choice, while he would really be more useful as a reaction.  If the other team has a big that is going off, we plug Perk in to stop it.  

 

I think he is a good player to have on our team, and not a bad starter because he does set a tone, but is probably over used

1 year, 11 months ago on Five Thunder players on the 2013 All-Star ballot

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i mean. what would he do in an all star game?  piss everyone off by trying to play defense?

1 year, 11 months ago on Five Thunder players on the 2013 All-Star ballot

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I can't stop chuckling about Perk being on that list.

1 year, 11 months ago on Five Thunder players on the 2013 All-Star ballot

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 @Crow I actually enjoyed it.  Obviously it wasn't written for the Thunder faithful, but if you live on the east coast (their readership) it gave a nice view of the thunder and of Oklahoma.

1 year, 11 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 11.8.12

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 @Hounddog  @EatSleepThunder What is up with that? birthmark?

 

1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder unveil alternate, to wear it Friday against Detroit

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 @OBoy Jones III  @9th Wonderous Harden (or his agent) wouldn't move from the max.  Presti wouldn't pay the max.

 

Presti traded him when he thought he could get the most for him and do the least damage to the rest of the team.

 

Seems pretty simple to me.  Im really glad we didnt do the whole Orlando/Howard thing.

1 year, 11 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 11.6.12

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 @justin_mia  @Jooseppi I read about that on CNN!  weird deal

1 year, 12 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.31.12

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I think that scout showed why we have done so well in the draft in recent years.  Seems to really miss the projections of the future for a number of guys on our team.  I think that Ibaka is a better offensive player than he gives him credit for (or at least will be, because there is no way he is at his ceiling).  I do agree that ibaka/Perk is not a very strong offensive front court, but we don't actually play them together all that much. At least thats the way it seems.  Someone could probably pull up the minutes per line up numbers from last year and prove me wrong, but with Nick playing high minutes and KD playing the 4, we don't go big very much other than our starting 5.

2 years ago on Friday Bolts – 10.26.12

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 @OBoyzOld Man Having been to all the places he mentions (I served in the Peace Corps in Kenya), I really enjoyed reading Nick's blog.  Kakuma refugee camp is WAY out there.  Lodwar, while an actual town, is not much easier.  The other NBA guys mentioned have a personal tie to Africa (though not East Africa or Kenya), but it seems Collison is just interested.

 

Well done.

2 years, 1 month ago on Friday Bolts – 8.31.12

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Where the hell is Wayne Coyne?  Dude should have totally gone in at least the second.  grrr

2 years, 3 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 7.18.12

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Anyone else think those shorts are dumb?  Why are they blue on the back, white on the front?

2 years, 3 months ago on Video: KD lights up the Dominican Republic

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 @Tronchaser You would have been drafted by the Oakland A's if you had kept it up.  That is some moneyball gold right there! On Base Percentage of 100%

2 years, 3 months ago on Summer School: Everyone skipped class

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 @JimboSlice  @DennisBerry Yeah, it was even a role player in college.  

2 years, 3 months ago on Thunder sign undrafted rookie Hollis Thompson

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 @cemitten The Gtown Coach is John Thompson III, son of the old Georgetown Coach John Thompson.  Different Thompson.

2 years, 3 months ago on Summer School: Game 3 grades

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 @koolcrud Im a Hoya alum as well, and was trying to write a summary for everyone as well, but Im glad I saw yours, way better than what I was trying to put together.

 

Anyway, Im happy about this too.

2 years, 3 months ago on Summer School: Game 3 grades

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Im actually pretty happy about this.  Living in DC and having gotten my Master's at Gtown, I like this kid.  A pretty automatic shooter, cheap, comes out of a good college program not built around stars, is used to playing in a big arena (Gtown shares the Verizon center with the Wizards).  

 

An all around Presti-ish move.

2 years, 3 months ago on Thunder sign undrafted rookie Hollis Thompson

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 @ThunderBelize I know Thabo is too.

2 years, 3 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 7.11.12

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@OkcBaby @cleandoe ummm ibaka is Spanish...

2 years, 3 months ago on Oklahoma City’s summer league roster

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They would amnesty Perk before trading Harden.  (or Presti knows something about harden we all don't)

2 years, 4 months ago on Thunder have talked about moving up to get Bradley Beal

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 @El Prez I think that it is not really about being feared.  The whole "fake tough guy" thing.  As this is basketball, and not hockey or football, there isnt really anything like an enforcer.  

 

The guys you are mentioning are basically all super intense guys who a good coach was able to get totally committed to tenacious defense.  And in this case, I agree with you, but I think we have that; guys who can totally engage on defense.

2 years, 4 months ago on What now for the Thunder?

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This is going to turn into a Brooks bashing thread.  Before that really gets going, I think people calling for his head should be required to suggest someone who we could hire to replace him.

 

Those just complaining about Brooks but who are not calling for a firing can carry on.

2 years, 4 months ago on Report: Perk played with partially torn groin last 3 rounds

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 @MostJadedGamer  @ATH Westbrook for Rondo?  This is still a bad idea

2 years, 4 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 6.21.12

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 @courtsense Blasphemy!

2 years, 4 months ago on Is it all Scott Brooks’ fault?

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 @MostJadedGamer  @Tronchaser I think this was true, but with Fisher playing as well as he has, I think his minutes are important.  Maybe more Ibaka and less Perk, or something like that, but we need Fisher as respectable outside option to provide spacing in the defense.

2 years, 4 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 6.19.12

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 @Tronchaser  @justin_mia I think that a big part of it is just focus.  I really think that our team has grown up a lot throughout the season, and has learned a thing or two.  

 

But the big change is that they are not sleep walking through games like they did during parts of the season.  They are not going "off message" and playing their own game, or just not paying attention, but are all mentally locked in.

2 years, 4 months ago on Five leftover thoughts from Game 1

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 @cdub00  @DustinMcWilliams  @ElMexiThunder  @ThunderChick2010  Yeah,  I absolutely prefer the TNT chaos to the others.  Much more entertaining. 

2 years, 4 months ago on A moment in the making: OKC wins in six over the Spurs, 107-99

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 @JimboSlice  @Marty_McFly321 I think we all get a little caught up in the automatic blaming of Brooks.  He is not a great Xs and Os coach, but he has done a fantastic job of bringing along players who were thought to be reaches or overdrafts and and turning them into Stars.  I think it is ridiculous to say that the success of Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka, etc. is all on Presti.  Believe it or not, but Brooks actually does have a good record at bringing along players...

 

(Not saying that Durant was thought to be an overdraft, but the rest were not thought to be star material)

2 years, 5 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 5.31.12

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 @aise0603  @ThunderChick2010  @bmuelle2112 I think that there is a clear difference between a team you logically think is going to win, and a team you really want to win.  They don't have to be the same thing.

 

Although they are in my case.  Thunder in 7

2 years, 5 months ago on Return of the Dream: Thunder-Spurs preview

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 @MisterJohnsonOKC I failed the challenge

2 years, 5 months ago on Practice Report: OKC ready to send Lakers back to La-La Land

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the Daily Dime this morning is all about how the Lakers gave it away.  I think they missed the point (in their LA infused haze).  

 

Our offense just clicked-in all of a sudden.  Sure they didn't play perfectly, but I think a lot of that is that we just downshifted all of a sudden and they couldnt shift with us fast enough.

2 years, 5 months ago on KD shows up big as OKC steals Game 2, 77-75

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 @Brob785  @mcdonaldss24 Charles has seemed really grumpy the last few games...  super negative on most everything.  The other guys on the show seem to be picking up on it too

 

Anyone know whats up with him?

2 years, 5 months ago on KD shows up big as OKC steals Game 2, 77-75

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 @FletchMFletcher Thank you for signing your post.  I couldnt have figured out who it was from otherwise.  

 

Best Regards,

delo

2 years, 5 months ago on 3-on-3: What did Game 1 really say?

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 @persiansooner13 Yeah, i saw familiar avatars and reflexively checked to see if I was on DT or not.

2 years, 5 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 5.15.12

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It also makes sense from a timing point of view.  Where the thunder are in their rebuilding process (just before its over) makes the team even easier to get behind.  Makes me wonder about KC and even St. Louis.

2 years, 5 months ago on Thunder to play preseason games in Tulsa and Wichita

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 @Thunder S Thats just a way for him to hedge his bets.  Thunder fail.. skip can claim he knew it all along.  

 

Thunder win a championship.. Skip can claim it was his goading.

 

eh

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.9.12

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So, if Perk can't play, who starts on bynum?

 

(or McGee... Ok, that might not be as big of an issue, unless he can keep from reverting back to his own dumb mean)

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.9.12

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I think that the conversation that Harden and Brooks had a year or two ago that settled James into his sixth man spot was probably about reassuring Harden that it is not about "deserving" to start at all.  Whether he plays well if he starts or not, right now the team is stronger with him as the super six.

 

He buys into that idea, and it seems to be playing out well.  Who knows if things change next year, but if so, I don't think things will change to satisfy some hidden desire of Harden's, but because the team is better structured with him as a starter.  We are just lucky he buys into the logic.

 

For all the crap given to Brooks, he has done a really great job of bringing his players along in their development.  I think Harden is another great example.

2 years, 5 months ago on Monday Bolts - 5.7.12

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