John Hollinger of ESPN.com’s forecast: “And still, it may not matter if Perkins becomes a reasonable facsimile of the player the Thunder thought they were getting two years ago. Nonetheless, it’s a lingering problem, and one that may only worsen once Maynor goes. With all that said, it’s hard to see much empty in this glass. The Thunder have four All-Star-caliber talents in their early 20s, and if they can lock all four up for the long term it will take very little in the way of support to put them over the top. For that reason, I’d bet on a return engagement with the Heat this June … even if they have to a win a series or two on the road to get there.”
Nolan Clay of NewsOK on how one Thunder fan is suing a another over season tickets: “He said he got his share of the tickets last season but Strube has refused to turn over his share for this season. He said a check for the tickets was returned. Friesen told District Judge Bill Graves in his lawsuit that he had a verbal contract for the tickets. He is asking the judge to order Strube to turn over his tickets. The lawsuit also seeks “damages in excess of $10,000 for fraud, attorney fees, costs and other just and equitable relief the Court deems just and equitable.”
Operation Sports on the leaked jersey pictures: “Not fake :) Thunder mispelled seems to make it look like it tho. We have some hex editors at OS that found all of them.”
Kotaku on the uniform misspelling issue: “This comes from a roster uploaded to the 2K Share feature. A hex-editor managed to pull out all of the alternate uniforms, including the Christmas jerseys, that typically aren’t made available until they are worn in real life. PS3 users aren’t seeing this because their game can’t be cracked in this way. Kotaku has downloaded the roster and confirmed the misspelling.” So it sounds like the uniforms are legit.
Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas on OKC’s supposed new jersey: “The video game leaks of that alternate Thunder uniform are coming from multiple sources now, so I’m inclined to think they’re legit — except for one thing: As you can see above, they misspelled “Thunder.” And it’s not just in that one screen shot — it’s also misspelled here and probably here (tough to be sure). Weird. Typos notwithstanding, I don’t much care for this uni. I like old-school templates, but this one makes no sense for this team. No gold, no orange, nothing to connect it to the rest of the team’s identity system. Very odd choice, and a bad one.”
Darnell Mayberry: “I asked Brooks what he’s looking for out of mix and match lineups and he said several things. Among them are the individual play, how the guy is playing, the individual matchups, how a player is defending, how he is executing on offense and how a unit performs together.”
A question on Yahoo! Answers: “Why did Russell Westbrook take 42 shots in my NBA 2k13 MyCAREER?”
Henry Abbott of TrueHoop on offensive rebounding: “Worst by a country mile was the Celtics. Second was the Thunder. Third was the Heat. In other words a good chunk of the very best teams in the league, including both Finals competitors, simply don’t seem to place much of a priority on the offensive glass. Presumably those were the teams where opponents almost never got to start their attacks with big men struggling back down the floor after a failed attempt to grab an o-board. Presumably, it’s a hassle to miss out on those easy buckets.”