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Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com: “Ellie’s favorite team? The Oklahoma City Thunder. Favorite player? Kevin Durant. Why? ‘It’s simple, her mother, Dana, says. ‘It’s because he [KD] is a really good player and they [OKC] are a really good team.’ Her friends feel the same way. They wear KD shoes, compare KD socks — ‘anything with the KD logo,’ Ellie’s mother says. And if they have time to watch a game, it’s the Thunder on the screen, not the Lakers.”
Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report: “It is the calm before what will be, as surely as Kevin Durant’s contract is set to expire, a season of storms. The final tornado could be a whirlwind NBA championship parade, creating unprecedented civic pride for a place perceived to be just a minor league city. Or it could be the absolute downpour that would be Durant’s departure from Oklahoma City. To call on this town now means picking up more on excitement than awkwardness. That’s largely a product of how immaterial last season was with Durant’s foot injury sidelining him so long that the Thunder didn’t even make the playoffs.” Keep Reading…
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com: “If Durant stays, everything they’ve built here endures and other small-market teams that have tried to replicate what the Thunder have done well — teams like Orlando, Utah and Milwaukee — have the same chance. But the NBA’s new nine-year, $24 billion media rights deal with ESPN and Turner Sports complicates the Thunder’s efforts to re-sign Durant in 2016. The new revenue is projected to spike the salary cap by $20 million next summer, giving virtually every team the war chest to pursue Durant, instead of just the handful that had sacrificed to make room under the old cap. It is anathema to what the NBA and its owners fought for in the 2011 lockout and a hell of a curveball to throw at one of the league’s most successful small-market franchises. Asked how he feels about the economic shift, Presti bites his tongue and points to a magnet on his office wall that reads: forget it jake, it’s chinatown.”
Erik Horne on why you can’t watch preseason games: “So, why couldn’t a local TV network pay for the preseason games that Fox won’t air? It’s not allowed. According to Mahoney, the terms of their agreement lock in Fox Sports Southwest as the exclusive rights holder of Thunder basketball and at least 70 regular-season games annually. The rest of the regular-season games? Those are national broadcasts shown on either ABC, TNT or ESPN. Those networks are paying approximately $24 billion over nine years to air the NBA.” Keep Reading…
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Here’s the billionth Russell Westbrook mix somebody decided to make. It’s pretty good.
A couple very important thoughts from the Thunder’s second preseason game:
Since the hiring of Billy Donovan I’ve been trying to imagine what a Scott Brooks-less Thunder team might look like. Donovan is already getting me excited about his changes on both ends. Spacing? Pacing? Sharing the ball? Defending the three point line?!
Still one of the biggest questions with this Thunder team is, how will all these guys play together, specifically with Durant, Westbrook, and Ibaka? We all know Durant didn’t play at all post Enes Kanter trade, so what will the offense look like with everyone on the floor? We won’t know exactly for a few weeks, but in the meantime here are some shot charts that simulates what this team, with the big three, may look like on the floor together. Keep Reading…
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: “In terms of measurable offensive production, it will be difficult for
the Thunder to do much better under Donovan than they did under Brooks. Before last season, when Durant played only 27 games, the Thunder were top 10 in offensive efficiency for four straight seasons; three times, they were in the top five, and twice in the top three. Donovan’s impact won’t simply be measured by the end result, because when you have Durant and Westbrook, the ball is going in the basket. It will be measured in how they got there — and how the system translates to the defensive crucible of the postseason.”
Anthony Slater on Enes Kanter: “This offseason, though, Kanter deemed himself eligible for the national team. He expressed a desire to compete in Eurobasket. He would have been the team’s best interior offensive player. But coach Ergin Ataman left him off the roster, saying Kanter “did not apologize” for incidents in the past and there wasn’t enough of a dialogue between player and team. Kanter scoffed at the notion, publicly declaring that he was only left off because of his “political views.” Keep Reading…
Have you listened to Ryan Adams’ cover of 1989?
He covered 1989.
“Who are you talking about it?”
Surely you’ve seen Taylor Swift tweet about this.
“Not today. I haven’t paid attention.”
No, it’s been out for like weeks.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”