And we thought the sweepstakes for Dwight Howard were turned off for a little bit.. League sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard, that a deal that would send Howard to LA, is ‘very close’ to be getting done and could be agreed upon Friday. In the four-team deal, sources told ESPN’s Chris Broussard that Howard and Nuggets forward Al Harrington would go to Los Angeles, Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo would go to the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre… Continue reading
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As free-agency starts to die down it’s about that time where teams start to think about rotations and training camp. While some teams started to re-build this summer, others looked to improve and make the next step. The team that made the biggest step; the Brooklyn Nets. Although Dwight Howard may not have ended up in a Nets jersey, the Nets still brought in some quality talent and depth. The Nets acquired 6-time all-star, Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks,… Continue reading
Sometimes in the NBA, teams that reach the NBA Finals one year will then come into the next season with the mindset of just breezing by their conference. Not so fast. Similar to the Lakers after they lost in the 2004 NBA Finals, as they came back the next year not even making the playoffs. Hopefully, this doesn’t happen to the Thunder. I mean, I can’t see the Thunder not making the playoffs next year but I hope Oklahoma City doesn’t… Continue reading
89. 89 days untill the NBA season tips off. Yes, I do have a countdown going down in my head, don’t judge. As free-agency dies down, the Thunder has had basically nothing going on besides the Olympics. However, there have been minor things going on in the past week or so: Don’t get me started on how stupid it is for fans to be worried about this is but James Harden was asked if he’d consider playing with the Suns… Continue reading
As we all wait until the first tip-off of the season, let’s look at the marquee matchups of the season for the Thunder. Of course all 82 games are important, but some of them are more intriguing… they’re “must-watch” games. With the Thunder winning the Western Conference last year and getting to the NBA Finals, teams are going to play them like it’s a game 7 finals game. In other words, they’re going to play with a lot of fire. Oklahoma City will play 25 national TV games this year with 10 on ESPN, 10 on TNT and 5 on ABC. Here are the BIG games next year.
Thursday Nov 1 @ San Antonio: To start off the year, the Thunder will play in the arena, where in Game 5, Harden hit that three to close the game out. This game will be bigger for the Spurs, as it a chance for redemption and revenge on the Thunder. Let me ask you this: If you lost four straight games to get knocked out of the playoffs, wouldn’t you be mad?
Friday Nov 23 @ Boston: Okay, this is my favorite game. May not be yours. This is Russell Westbrook’s home. He dominates at the TD Garden. Does anyone else remember his 26 points and crazy three? To me, this is always the most fun game in the year. Plus, I’ll be there watching.
Tuesday Dec 4 @Brooklyn: December 4th, Jay-Z’s birthday, marks the first time the Thunder will play in the new Barclay Center and say Hello to Brooklyn. New city, new team and the first time Westbrook and Harden get a chance to play, “the best backcourt in the league.” And, yes, I put that in quotes for a reason.
Tuesday Dec 25 @ Miami: The biggest regular season game of the year. I actually can’t wait. I still remember sitting in my seat watching Heat fans celebrate in Game 5. I hope the Thunder win by 30. Really do.
Friday Jan 11 @ L.A. Lakers: Whenever you play in the Staples Center on national TV, it’s a big game. Especially with the new-look Lakers and Steve Nash. This will be second time they play the Lakers, after their matchup at home on December 7th. Anyhow, the last time the Thunder played in the Staples Center was when KD did this.
Sunday Jan 13 @ Portland: Not really an intriguing game, but it is for me. Just because I am a big Damian Lillard fan, and this is the first chance for the Thunder to play him on the road. I cant wait for the Lillard and Westbrook matchup. The Rose Bowl is always electric, so it’s bound to be a good game.
Sunday Feb 24 Chicago: Derrick Rose should be back for this game. My dad and I always have discussions on who’s better, Rose or Westbrook? So, I guess we’ll get a chance to find out. Anyhow, last time the Bulls came to Oklahoma City, the Thunder beat them by 14 and Westbrook had this nasty dunk over Omer Asik.
Thursday March 7 @ New York:Madison Square Garden. Melo vs. Durant. I’ll be there. It’s a huge game.
Friday Jan 18 @ Dallas: I don’t know why, but for some reason I love watching the Thunder play in that American Airlines Areana. I find it fun, for some odd season. Maybe it will give me memories of when Harden did this?
One of the biggest strengths for the Thunder over the past few years has been their bench. I mean, seriously, how many other teams play a 10- man rotation? Not too many. With the reigning 6th man of the year, James Harden, Oklahoma City has one of, if not the best bench in the NBA(With considerations going to the Bulls, Nuggets, Pacers, and Spurs). However, Harden isn’t the only one who can come off the bench and produce for this Thunder… Continue reading
When someone says,” Off-season,” the first thing that comes to my mind is: Rest. Not for these young guys, though. When Scott Brooks says in interviews that all of his players are gym rats he’s not kidding. Maybe it’s youth, or maybe it’s their motor, and strive for excellence. I call it… Greatness. Durant and Westbrook were almost automatics to make this year’s USA team that will head to London for the Olympics. With only two spots left on the team,… Continue reading
After Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Kendrick Perkins was asked about the rotation for the past few games. Perkins replied, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” via Slam Online. Believe it or not, that same quote can be used for the Thunder’s offseason moves. If you have just reached the NBA Finals, why go out and try to mess around with the roster and chemistry? Am I losing it or something? I mean it’s common sense for Sam Presti… Continue reading
With free agency frenzy in full-swing, some teams have done a great job getting the right players and making the right decisions. Here is a look at my top 5 teams who have ‘won’ free agency so far: Boston Celtics After another exit in the playoffs to the Miami Heat, the Celtics had some questions to be answered. What to do with Ray Allen? Is Kevin Garnett going to retire? Are they too old? Do they have a true center?… Continue reading