The Thunder’s official site talked with the nice lady KD hit in the face: “Mrs. Liddell’s ‘souvenir’ for the night is a black eye from where the ball hit her, but she said she is fine. ‘That’s minor when you have somone [sic] like Kevin give me a kiss.’ She said Thabo and Jamal Crawford of the Clippers came over to check on her after she was hit the second time, one of the referees gave her a hug and Rumble came and sat in her lap. ‘After a while I said, everyone go away so I can watch that game again,” she joked.’”
Jenni Carlson on the 66ers new coach: “Darko Rajakovic knows that he is so close yet so far from the NBA. Even though the last two men who had the job he now has are currently coaching in the NBA, he doesn’t think about the next step. He lives the one-game-at-a-time sports cliché, but he comes by it honestly. Embracing the here and now is a lesson he learned during a time when bullets and bombs were as much a part of his life as basketball.”
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Jeff Green on facing the Thunder tonight: “Do I still look at what Oklahoma City does? No,” a nearly expressionless Green said….“I mean, I’m in a great situation here. This is a great fit for myself, coming to a situation where I’m playing alongside Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo. I was happy … I know what you mean,’ Green said of the prodding. ‘Like, am I more excited to play them? But I’m really not. I could care less.’”
Tom Ziller of SB Nation on the lockout a year later: “The solution was always to fix the relationship between teams. To make that palatable for the owners who stand to lose, player salaries needed to be reined in. The Maloofs and Jordans of the league had their hands out to the Busses and Dolans. The Busses and Dolans had their hands out to the Kobes and Carmelos. And that’s how we got a deal: everyone gave in enough that the charade could end. The haves got enough from the players to agree to fork over enough money to the have-nots to end the doomsday entreaties. And 12 months later, we’re talking about potential expansion back into Seattle because too many very rich men want to join the NBA owners’ club. A year later, and the resolution is all the same: the NBA lockout was such total bulls–t.”
John Schuhmann of NBA.com: “The Thunder still have issues. Their starters struggle to score and their bench struggles to defend. Though they’ve won three straight games, they’ve allowed their opponents to score 110 points per 100 possessions over the last four. Despite their easy early schedule, they currently rank 12th in the league in defensive efficiency. And as we saw last year, that’s not good enough. But the Thunder now have a victory they can hang their hat on. Next up is a trip to Boston and Philadelphia, their first multi-game trip of the season. Though neither team is currently at their best, road wins are always good wins. So the opportunity is there for OKC to continue to build some momentum toward their first matchup with L.A.’s other team on Dec. 7.”
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