- John Lorge on Bleacher Report says get ready from some Griffin: “With the first pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder pick the sophomore from Oklahoma, Blake Griffin. Every basketball fan in Oklahoma, and most across the nation are familiar with Griffin. For those who are not, the 6’10″ 251 pound Griffin routinely draws comparisons to Carlos Boozer and occasionally Amare Stoudemire. Boozer was a second round pick; the difference between the two is raw athletic ability.”
- Not exactly Thunder news, but Oklahoma news for sure. ESPN has a TREMENDOUS feature on Oklahoma legend Wayman Tisdale. “As Wayman Tisdale tells it, there are a lot of love behind his trademark smile. There’s his wife, Regina, whom he loved when he first saw her walk into church on April 17, 1981. They were high school juniors attending different schools in Tulsa, Okla., and she’d never heard of the basketball player who was a nationwide prep star. On their first date, he flashed that smile and made her laugh, igniting a romance that’s continued through 27 years and four children.” When Wayman made an appearance on the video screen at halftime of an OU football game earlier this year, I had tears welling in my eyes. God bless, Wayman. God bless.
NBA.com Top 10 plays of November. And Kid Delicious checks in at No. 5:
- Coach Brooks’ quicker lineup is pumping up the offense, writes Mike Baldwin: “Since “going small” two weeks ago when Brooks replaced P.J. Carlesimo, the Thunder is averaging almost 10 more points a game.”
- Jeff Green may see some time on Emeka Okafor tonight: Jeff Green will occasionally be matched against center Emeka Okafor.” Okafor is a big, strong guy, but it’s a mismatch both ways,” said Desmond Mason. “Jeff can hold his own. He’s a lot stronger than people think. And Okafor will have problems when he has to come out on the perimeter and guard Jeff.”