The Thunder are pulling a slick move with Josh Huestis. But should they be? Keep reading »
Anthony Morrow on why he picked Oklahoma City, what he sees his role as, what it will be like on a contender and whether or not he expects to start. Keep reading »
Big ESPN feature on how playground hoops are dying: “The Drew League, which grew in popularity during the NBA lockout in 2011, is the smartphone to playground basketball’s rotary dial. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have played here. Kevin Durant is scheduled to compete this summer, too. A private lot secures the Range Rovers and BMWs in the back of King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science in Compton, which hosts the Drew League. The best players, Beast among them, arrive with girlfriends who dress for the red carpet, not a summer pro-am. Baron Davis coaches a team in the league. Nipsey Hussle, a West Coast rapper, cheers from the front row.”
Nate Scott of For the Win: “With his latest decision, James proved, without doubt, that one of the only acceptable reasons for a superstar to leave a team in his prime is to go home. The public understands this narrative, and will forgive Durant for ditching a team if it’s to come home. Miami fans even seemed to begrudgingly accept James’ decision to return to Cleveland. Oklahoma City can’t be angry with Durant if he chooses to come home to his family and city, especially if the Thunder don’t win a title before his contract is up.” Keep Reading…
Last week, Darnell Mayberry laid out the parameters a strange, yet potentially innovative agreement with first round pick Josh Huestis.
I wrote about the odd situation on ESPN.com, trying to see both sides of the issue. On one hand, it’s a clever deal by the Thunder and a good thing for Huestis to be able to lock in to a future NBA contract when he otherwise wouldn’t have had one. On the other, it feels a bit slimy and dangerous, possibly opening the door for more draft deception.
Sekou Smith of NBA.com: “Durant left home as a teenager and spent a year in college at Texas before being drafted by Seattle and then moving to Oklahoma City when the franchise relocated there. He’s become an integral part of whatever community he’s lived in each and every time. And who knows what goes on for Durant and the Thunder over the course of the next two seasons. If LeBron’s homecoming doesn’t result in any titles or even a trip to The Finals, the decision will be panned universally outside of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. A would-be trend could be over before it gets started.”
Ben Golliver of SI.com on strange summer league moments: “For the rest of his life, former Syracuse forward C.J. Fair will be able to tell his friends and future grandkids that he posterized someone so badly that his opponent cried. Some context is required: The undrafted Fair (who was playing for Dallas) dunked over Raptors rookie Bruno Caboclo, a virtual unknown from Brazil who was surprisingly selected in the first round of the June draft. Caboclo, a baby-faced and long-armed 18-year-old, has upside for days, but his youth was exposed a bit after the highlight slam. He was first involved in a brief shoving match and then whistled for a technical foul. After returning to the bench, he covered his eyes with his jersey and put a towel over his head as he tried to compose himself. Reports indicated that the meltdown might have resulted from a misunderstanding over the technical foul, as Caboclo’s English is limited and it’s possible he thought he was ejected. He was also said to be upset because the Raptors were being routed.” Keep Reading…
KD in a Q&A on his former high school coach getting hired: “Yeah, I know where you’re going with this one…But, nah, Coach Adkins was a guy who displayed to me that as I started to get older as a teenager, getting into my young man years at 17 or 18 years old, that it was cool to care about other people, and it was cool to be sensitive to other people’s feelings. I saw that on the basketball court, and he taught me a lot. And I’m very excited that he gets his dream job to work with the highest level of basketball players. So I’m happy for him.”
Matt Moore of CBSSports.com on the Josh Huestis thing: “For Huestis, it’s a complicated decision. If the Thunder don’t sign him to guaranteed money, his rights are frozen, he can’t sign with another NBA team until those draft rights expire. He can go to Europe and make more money than in the D-League, but sometimes heading overseas can make it hard to return. Plus, being right under the Thunder coaches’ noses can give you a better chance to be seen and maybe have them pull the trigger on signing you to your rookie deal. There are pros and cons that go well beyond the immediate money.” Keep Reading…
The quick backstory:
The NBA is placing a golden stripe on the back of jerseys this season to honor teams with championship lineage. Seventeen teams have won titles, but only 16 are taking part because the Thunder have elected not to place the commemorative bar on their uniforms, for obvious reasons.
The SuperSonics won a title in 1979, something of which the Thunder legally can lay claim to having purchased the team’s history and negotiating the retention of it despite the relocation to Oklahoma City. But in the same way you won’t see any 1979 title banner hanging from the rafters of Chesapeake Energy Arena, nor will you see the gold band on OKC jerseys this season. Via NewsOK.com: Keep Reading…
Darnell Mayberry: “Huestis would represent another significant milestone. His selection, which on draft night was viewed as a duplicate of last year’s pick, Andre Roberson, also would make more sense. By taking Huestis with the second-to-last selection in the first round, the Thunder secured another critically cost-effective rookie scale contract. The difference is that standard four-year deal — two guaranteed years and two team options in the final two seasons — would come on the back end of a preliminary year in the D-League and ensures the Thunder would have Huestis developing in its program for at least five seasons. It’s forward-thinking at its finest.”
John Klein of the Tulsa World on the 66ers: “Losing the 66ers is a blow to Tulsa because the team was a direct link to the Thunder for northeastern Oklahoma. The 66ers weren’t wildly popular in Tulsa but did have a loyal but small following and was a strong link to the Thunder. It gave Tulsans a chance to see young players who were possible future Thunder stars assigned to the 66ers. But, there was simply no place for the 66ers to move, according to the Thunder.” Keep Reading…
Happy weekend. Thank you for your support of Daily Thunder. I’m bored.
Remember when Nenad Krstic threw a chair? New Thunder acquisition Sofoklis Schortsanitis was a featured participant in that event. Despite the fact I have as much chance to actually play a game for the Thunder as Schortsanitis does, I’m pretty excited about his addition.
The stages a fan’s psyche goes through in free agency feel like they’re twenty fold. This is especially the case when a lot of people who have a lot of things to say continue to say that your team needs to do something in free agency. I wake up in the middle of the night and grab my phone and scroll through Twitter searching for bombs. Then you see something about Jason Smith, realize nothing has really happened, and go back to bed, only to wake up in the morning and do the same thing all over again. “Load more tweets”, you click, till you get to the one you saw last night before you knocked off. The one of your friend posting his music video for the 30th time. Keep your hustle hard.
NBA free agency has become some historic kind of tease for fan bases whose teams need some help. Rumors upon speculation upon people Googling the schedules of owner’s private jets. I wasn’t in the room with Riley and LeBron but somehow I can know what was said because Woj has inserted himself into the bloodstream of every important person in the league and he has ears and eyes like hawks juiced up on that cream stuff Bonds used to use. Keep Reading…