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@ Luke @Tvaddic Is Serge just perfect for OKC? I think Serge could plug into any team in the league with great success.
2 days, 11 hours ago on Thursday Bolts – 9.18.14
@FallenOSIRIS @rednuht @ThabeetsGoldSpot @Perk has a lot of value The Morrow outlook seems incredibly optimistic.
2 days, 14 hours ago on Thursday Bolts – 9.18.14
@FallenOSIRIS @ThabeetsGoldSpot @Perk has a lot of value If Morrow isn't lights out, does he fall to #11?
@mattchant @Sustainable Parameters Drummond's greatest skill at this point is his rebounding and that seems the least needed skill for this team.
5 days, 7 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 9.15.14
@SeinfeldOKC Josh currently has two working legs and no legal indictments. #forthewin
5 days, 8 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 9.15.14
A couple of times a day a poster wants to remind me (us) that Jeremy Lamb is not a "Thunder" or "Presti" type player and that we should expect and hope for nothing from him until he is eventually traded.
There is a small ring of truth to the thought. We can all see that Lamb isn't a prototypical Presti prospect, but I can't help but think that the test of the Thunder program is not to find typical players and develop them but also find players who do not wholly fit the profile and also develop these prospects into a player that helps the team win. This seems to be the difference between having a philosophy and actually implementing a philosophy that evolves and changes as it must, to be successful.
Lamb may or may not wear a Thunder uniform beyond his rookie contract, but he isn't the only player currently on the roster who isn't an exact prototype fit and there will be more non-prototype players coming through.
The question is how does the organization develop Lamb, Jerrett, McGary and others to help the team win.
1 week, 2 days ago on Top 10 of 2013-14
A great way to convince young prospects to spend time in the d league is to play up the aspect of it being a JV league. We all know it's a minor league, but to go back to high school terminology seems a psychological disconnect.
1 week, 3 days ago on Thunder to rename D-League franchise the ‘Blue’?
@L0rv @rednuht @qrex The color scheme make sense if you've visited the Northwest. Seattle is perhaps the greenest (color) City I have ever visited. In a world where sports teams default to black for marketing, I think the dark green/white with gold trim was always sharp.
I liked the orange (photo shop) alternate OKC jersey that was put up yesterday. I don't mind the dark navy/white color scheme, but trying to go retro for such a new organization felt wrong and it's just not a jersey I would want to wear.
1 week, 3 days ago on Wednesday Bolts – 9.10.14
@qrex I'm all for local pride, but the name Supersonics and the color scheme was as good as it gets in professional sports IMO.
@DanielLawler And no one ever wants for anything.
1 week, 4 days ago on Tuesday Bolts – 9.9.14
@Butterfingers Is Oden healthy in 2k?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Russell Westbrook’s top plays from 2013-14
@OBoy (LaFamilia) @rednuht @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @MatheusCoxa @DTVirgin R.I.F. my bad.
@OBoy (LaFamilia) @rednuht @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @MatheusCoxa @DTVirgin Anyone who would trade Rubio for Jennings.
@d21 @MatheusCoxa I would build a team with Reggie as a core piece.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @OBoy (LaFamilia) @MatheusCoxa @DTVirgin You'd make a great treadmill gm :)
@MatheusCoxa Knight is a starter. Starters beat bench scrubs. #demsdarulz
@okcjim You have Adams in both the first and second group. #likeaboss
Is Reggie the 3rd or 4th option in the first group? Does he play that role or does he play for his next contract?
@d21 If Taylor had given Love the full 5 year max he'd still be in a Timberwolves jersey and Saunders would have another year to build a playoff roster.
Now Minnesota is back to hope and potential.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Wednesday Bolts – 8.27.14
@Perk-Punt I would list them how you have them. Ellis played very well in Dallas last year, but teams weren't beating down his FA door when Dallas signed him and I don't think they would in the future. The battle of the Greens would be very close.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Monday Bolts – 8.25.14
@Devine Mortal The only way to stop an addiction is to remove yourself from the addictive.
1 month ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.21.14
@Perk-Punt @rednuht McCollum is healthy. Maybe Blake is better, but I don't think he's as dangerous as Williams. Sometimes in the playoffs you need an irrational confidence guy to make a difference. Blake is steady, but I don't think he is a difference maker.
@Butterfingers The Spurs bench has more experience.
@Perk-Punt Was he? They had Mo Williams int he position last year and have McCollom developing. Blake always seems to look better on paper. With Mo you might be afraid he would get streaky hot from beyond the arc, with Blake what are you worried about? Has he ever really made a team better?
@Butterfingers Because Mills has been killing it for years? Continuity, putting players in a position to succeed and opportunity.
@Butterfingers Because he has it all? Once we have him coming off the bench does he still have it all?
@okcjim Lowry is also a special case. Was on the verge of burning yet another bridge in Toronto about to be traded to NY, when he put it all together. If you're Toronto you're hoping he doesn't pull a Trevor Ariza and disappear until his next contract year.
Bledsoe is coming of a knee injury in which his meniscus ligament was removed, missed a significant portion of last season, is a RFA who plays on a team with a superior pg.
I think the idea that there are so many talented point guards that the result will be that their price tags will be reduced because of it is incorrect. Still plenty of teams looking for a pg upgrade and talent typically gets paid.
Presti typically likes to control a situation and if Jackson goes to RFA he loses some control and if he goes to UFA Presti losses all control.
@okcjim The MLE is all that will be available once Perkins contract expires, still won't have any cap space. Sign and trade? What are we giving up?
@Butterfingers He has the wingspan of a man 6'-8" or bigger and the weight of many SG's.
@okcjim Replacing him with a veteran or a rookie? If you would, name at least 3 veteran players that could be obtained in FA next summer for the MLE to replace Jackson.
@Butterfingers This summer showed that Morey is willing to sacrifice depth for talent and not matching Parsons was strategic, so Morey could find the cap space if he wanted Jackson.
@okcjim We could replace him with a more limited defender, a worse outside shooter and poor slasher in Lamb!
I don't think you can trade Jackson before the end of the season. This years team needs him.
@OBoy (LaFamilia) Old ideologies of you already have a better player at the same position and your shooting guard is Thabo Sefolosha or Andre Roberson so clearly you trade Jackson for an upgrade at SG.
@TaoMaas Agreed, but I think we've seen how the dynamic changes for most players if their role is to come off the bench. There seems to also be a psychology at play here.
To be honest, I'm not sure where Jackson stands or even if he knows yet, but if another team is willing to start him and pay him more the decision for him becomes easier. He'll have confidence in himself that he can help a new situation become a winning environment.
@Butterfingers Lots of coaches strategize in game to let Evans shoot. Ball movement stops, his teammates stand around and the teams defensive energy goes down. Giving Evans a mismatch has historically not been such a bad idea. Evans best his numbers and his team typically losses.
@F_Boogie There was and is a lot of talk about how Harden wanted his own team and I can't help but wonder if Jackson would also like his own team.
@epicurean Do they have alternative but to listen to offers?
@shiki @Butterfingers I don't think anyone is debating whether a cheap choice can be found. I would however debate whether a cheap veteran choice at the position is the right way to go.
We don't always have a way to measure the importance of a players importance to the team, but we will with Reggie this year. It will be interesting to see how this conversation evolves over the course of the year.
@Butterfingers At the same money, I'd take Reggie. If of course he would want to stay.
@Perk-Punt @rednuht @shiki Back injury questions? I think most gm's can easily talk themselves into Jackson despite any decision making issues we think he might have.
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@shiki @rednuht I think you might be surprised.
@Butterfingers If you have Monroe at 35 mpg, is there any point of keeping Adams? The development of Adams changes dramatically if you bring in someone like Monroe.
Keeping Monroe also insures there is no money for Jackson so he's gone as well.
@Perk-Punt @rednuht @Butterfingers Agreed. Harden earned a max deal as a sixth man. That is pretty impressive.
I'm not sure I'd say Nick owns the second unit, he was obviously willing to give up ownership to Harden. I think the second unit is Reggie's for the taking, all the circumstances are there for Reggie to take another step.
@Butterfingers Is it just Perk? Or is it Perk, Adams and Jackson?
@Perk-Punt @rednuht @shiki I don't think it's having to pull a James Harden. Jackson has prototypical size and athleticism, great character and enough skill/production for teams to safely risk $9M+ over 4 years.
@Butterfingers I'll disagree again. I'll say his decision making will be the key. When he shoots, when he passes, does he really start to lead when he's on the floor.
@shiki I think you're wrong. I think there are plenty of teams that will have cap space and will see Reggie as a potential core player.
@propsizzle @Perk-Punt @Perk has a lot of value I don't think the question is whether the addition of Monroe makes the team better, but why what measure?
1 month ago on Wednesday Bolts – 8.20.14
@Perk-Punt @rednuht @Perk has a lot of value Yes, but Monroe doesn't have the speed that Davis would have coveted, so …...
@Butterfingers Who is a poor fit alongside Ibaka?
@Perk has a lot of value Are you suggesting that ownership intervene and dictate that Presti go after Monroe ?