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@BlueLightSpecial I'd still trade him for Reggie Evans and eat the salary difference.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on With a Westbrook spark, OKC hangs on over Utah, 106-94
@TaoMaas Really? The grand strategy to deal with the best center in the league is to put him on the foul line and let them set their defense against the Thunder's cringeworthy halfcourt sets?
10 months, 1 week ago on Thoughts KD on the Howard deal? ‘I really don’t care’
@doofUSA Yes. More Collison, More Harden, less of everything else you just mentioned.
@TaoMaas @MrRaysian Don't forgot a halfway decent coach. Nice to see somebody else thinks Iggy to the Nuggets is something to be worried about. How the hell did Orlando agree to this steaming pile and still get left holding that terrible Turkeyglue contract.
Nice. It's also fun to see media not out to hit guys with a "gotcha" question and to be excited about a game and talking to players. Not saying hard questions are a bad thing but jesus christ there is a reason why players always answer with variations of "We take it one game at a time" and "We work every day to get better."
10 months, 1 week ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: TrickBeard
@Old Man Game The original poster was saying how it was good that the pressure was off the Thunder because the Lakers got better.
That's ridiculous on it's face. The Thunder went to the NBA Finals. They may not be able to keep this group together much longer outside of KD and Westbrook. There is plenty of pressure on this team to win. Any team that says "We'll just keeping playing Thunder/Pacer/Whatever basketball" is basically saying "Because we got to the NBA Finals we'll just keep doing what we did." Is in my mind a recipe for disaster. Just being faster and more athletic and slashing to the basket does not work so well when there is a credible defender in the middle.
@mb22 I guess being realistic is now being 'Negative Nancy'. What exactly is "Thunder Basketball?" A near complete inability to score in the post, running the same bad halfcourt set that inevitably break down and ends up with a contested bailout shot from K.D. or Westbrook that somehow manage to go in more than they should which makes everybody look like a genius.
Am I the only person that remembers Hack-A-Splitter in game 2 against the Spurs? If anything the pure raw talent of this team is being wasted. It pains me to watch it every time they come down the floor with the ball. Russel gets blamed when things break down and he has to make something happen. It's all on him to do everything and make everything happen. Sometimes it feels like the guy that only bothers to set a proper screen is Collison. I could go one and on and on but that would make me even more negative.
@SeanzieCrews Just like the Pacers, when all that pressure was on Miami. Playing Pacers basketball........and loosing.
It's amusing to watch all the people that flamed me for questioning the Thunder's offseason moves and daring to question the draft pick suddenly scared of Dwight Howard and the Lakers. Welcome to the big leagues, where the best teams can make mistake after mistake, but then pick up A+ free agents and the Thunder have to fight for scraps and struggle to keep their own players who other teams are already courting. The Thunder can not afford to have an "okay" offseason and overpay a mediocre coach, they will start falling behind.
To face facts, last year was probably the Thunder's best chance of winning a Title. Harden or Ibaka will leave unless Durant and Westbrook agree to take less going forward. The Heat were not as good as they could of been last year because of a lackluster supporting cast. The Lakers will take some time to gel, but in the end will be a major obstacle, perhaps even better than the Thunder. The Heat are a better team than the Thunder. and got better with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.
1)The team that beat the Thunder got much better.
2)A major competitor got as good as or better.
3)The Thunder signed Hasheem Thabeet and overpaid a coach.
@bmuelle21 You have no idea man. You have no idea.
11 months, 1 week ago on Thunder sign undrafted rookie Hollis Thompson
@Lost Ones Right. Which I guess means I have to be positive about this pickup. Since now we are firmly in bizarro world.
WTF is this? I can't watch a new sign's video without some terrible rap music in the background!
@FF_pickups Have to throw you a like because I agree. The only hope is that this roster gets so much better organically that they can compete. Which is going to be hard because the more they do that the more likely it is guys will leave in Free Agency.
@koolcrud Yeah, thanks for the info.
11 months, 1 week ago on Summer School: Game 3 grades
@Lost Ones @Crow Wow. Thanks for that link Lost. Really interesting reading. Can the Thunder get this guy on their medical staff? Please? I'd promise to stop posting about Perry Jones' knees if this guy gave him a clean bill of health.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on NBA Scout: Perry Jones’ knees will only hold up ’3-4 years’
@JimboSlice Wasn't it the Thunder Doctors as Tequila pointed out that passed on Dejuan and then fumbled things with the Green for Perkins trade?
@thunderatom It's possible. But it relies on Presti and the Thunder Medical Staff being just smarter than other teams who had major medical concerns as well as his play on the court. Is it possible that Presti and them saw exactly what you are talking about and are making the pick for that reason? It's very possible.
But there is no reason to celebrate this pick now. It's just a shot in the dark and not Presti pulling one over on everybody as has been suggested several times. That's just my opinion and perhaps it means I got fooled just like everybody else in the NBA at those picks. The reason I am so critical is I've said the Thunder cannot afford to miss in the Draft.
They have extremely limited opportunities to get better. They can't get Ray Allen or Dwight Howard. Each and every pick and piece must work and even more than that the egos and the numbers have to work out.
@ou_sas But I am betting Fab Melo's knees don't creak when he gets up to go get a beer.
@BrianConnell The problem is for a team like OKC the margin for error is very, very, very small. OKC cannot make bad contracts, or take the wrong pick. Their possibilities for luring most big ticket free agents are almost nill. How much luxury tax can they really afford to pay? OKC is actually on a ledge when it comes to getting to the top because they cannot afford many if any major mistakes. Everything must conspire for this team to stay together.
@ou_sas I had forgotten about that. Oh man.