The Miami Herald said Scott Brooks was the NBA’s Coach of the Month for December: “Scott Brooks, Thunder. Oklahoma City has been the most impressive young team in the league by far. What the Thunder has done under Brooks is proving to be no fluke, with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green leading the way. The Thunder ended December with a victory against Utah on New Year’s Eve that pushed its record to 18-14, good for a third-place tie in the Northwest. And Oklahoma City’s nine road victories at the end of December were tied for third most in the conference.”
I don’t care about these sort of things, but some will. Evidently one of the contestants on the new season of The Bachelor is a member of the Thundergirls. Who? I don’t know: “Christina, a 25-year-old restaurant manager from San Diego and Valishia, a 32-year-old homemaker from Carlsbad, will compete for Pavelka’s affection against a member of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder dance team, a corporate flight attendant, a mortgage loan officer and a captain in the Air National Guard.” UPDATE: Here’s who it is (h/t Elegy444).
Darnell Mayberry sees the Bulls’ course as cautionary tale for the Thunder: “The “Baby Bulls,” which Chicago’s riveting young roster came to be known as, were expected to someday do big things. That day never came, and Chicago ultimately began running circles around itself over the last decade, hiring and firing coaches and bringing in and shipping out prized pieces. Chicago’s course now seems to serve as the chief cautionary case for the Thunder, which faces the Bulls at 7 tonight inside the United Center.”
Eric Maynor doesn’t care about your menu: “Man we go to cheesecake factory and @emaynor3 ask for fried chicken and cheese fries..WTF”
The D-League Showcase is this week and Draft Express previews it. On their potential call-up list, two 66ers are there.
Video of Russell Westbrook’s awesome follow-up slam against Milwaukee:
Nate Jones of FanHouse relates Twitter to a bar: “Twitter has quickly become the NBA’s version of Cheers. You know, the place where everyone knows your name and they’re always glad you came. No, Twitter isn’t some fictional sports bar in Boston, but it is a virtual sports bar where NBA fans, players, team personnel, player agents and NBA writers all congregate to talk about the sport. The NBA recently released a tool called a “game companion” which you keep open while you’re watching the game. However, everyone in the know understands that the real game companion is located at twitter.com.”
This came out Friday, but I doubt its changed – KD up to sixth in the Race to the MVP: “Can you believe that Durant has the Thunder on a four-game win streak? It’s not only the most successful stretch of Durant’s career, it’s the best win streak the Thunder-Sonics franchise has enjoyed since 2000. Durant has been incredible, averaging 35 and 7 over the past three games. Even better, he is shooting lights out. He has made 27 of his last 41 shots.”