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Perry Jones: “That’s frustrating for anybody, especially having those good games and I was feeling good about myself and confident and then things change,” Jones said. “I had my injury and everything came back, things went back to the way they were. It was frustrating, but it has taught me a lot and it’s taught me I can play in this league.”
John Schuhmann of NBA.com has OKC ranked sixth: “The Thunder ranked in the top 10 in defensive efficiency three straight years and through the All-Star break last season. Then injuries and Enes Kanter brought them down. Kevin Durant’s health is the key to everything, and the offense will be potent health-permitting, but they just gave $70 million to a guy who they can’t play when they need stops.” Keep Reading…
Kurt Helin of PBT on the LA workout: “NBA players, sometimes teammates, getting together in a small group (maybe three) is not uncommon. Especially at UCLA, which has one of the best off-season runs going. However getting 10 teammates together, working out and bonding in July, is very rare. It’s a good sign in you’re a Thunder fan. The Thunder need to stay healthy after a season where they got more than their fair share of injuries. They need Donovan to bring a modern offense to the table. They need their defense to be elite. They need the Enes Kanter/Steven Adams center rotation to work. They need some breaks to go their way in a West stacked with contenders (the Warriors, Spurs, Clippers, and Rockets are in the mix, too). But 10 guys getting together in July? That’s a very good place to start.”
Anath Panadian of CBSSports.com: “The relationship he has developed with his teammates could be the deciding factor in Durant’s free agency decision, and it looks like that bond has grown even stronger with the Thunder’s voluntary Los Angeles minicamp. If the Thunder win the championship next season or even make it to the Finals, it is hard to see Durant leaving OKC.” Keep Reading…
Saturday. Thank you for your support of Daily Thunder. Almost August.
Having Kevin Durant play helps things.
Berry Tramel on the LA workouts: “The guys have been meeting at 8 a.m., which is early for Los Angeles and dang early for basketball players accustomed to a night-owl clock. Thursday, the guys slept in. Didn’t meet until 10 a.m. They assembled on the beach at Santa Monica, played a little football in the sand, then went to breakfast together. Hoop drills came later in the day. The Thunder’s self-styled mini-camp is as much about bonding as it is basketball. And somewhere, Sam Presti has to be smiling. The Thunder culture, good ol’ Thunder University, hasn’t been crippled by the passage of time or the anguish of a season from hell.”
Amin Elhassan of ESPN Insider on the 2016 free agent class: “Durant’s eligible for five years, $146 million from Oklahoma City. If that number sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same deal Anthony Davis signed under the Rose Rule provision. Durant will be one year shy of hitting the 10-year experience mark that bumps him up to the highest max contract bracket (35 percent of the cap), so signing a long-term deal wouldn’t be in his best interest. A three-year deal with a player option after the second gives him some security (should injury woes continue to bedevil him), while staying flexible enough to re-enter the market under the 35 percent bracket (or if max contracts get eliminated in the next CBA).” Keep Reading…
After a brief hiatus due to podrunner Andrew Schlecht being a boss, Down To Dunk is back to please your earholes. – ed.
On today’s podcast we discuss the following topics:
Dan Devine of BDL on the new alt unis: “I’m not entirely sure about what appears to be an all-orange Oklahoma City Thunder alternate, but given the relatively uninspiring nature of both their standard strips and their existing blue-note alternates, a brighter, bolder shake-up could be worth a shot. Thunder fans will have to hope that their favorite squad finds a bit more luck in orange than the New York Knicks did two seasons ago.”
Chris Mannix of SI: “Next summer isn’t the Summer of Durant. It’s the summer of the guys Durant is going to be partially responsible for helping get rich. What would a smart team do? Ignore it. Don’t splurge on Deron Williams because you need a point guard and have the money to (over)spend on one. Or, spend the money, but insist on short term deals. Because the summer of 2017 is when the real fun could begin (sound familiar?). That’s the summer of Stephen Curry. Of Chris Paul. Of Blake Griffin. Of Russell Westbrook. Of Derrick Rose. Better to be equipped with cap space then, when far more true franchise-altering players are on the market, instead of pinning your hopes on Oklahoma City failing miserably and pushing Durant out of town.” Keep Reading…
I’m a very big fan of having an “OKC” jersey, because OKC is cool and it’s a cool way to describe the team. I’m not the biggest fan of going with the orange/red “sunset” color, primarily because it’s barely used in the overall color scheme, but considering Thunder branding has been all over the place thus far, why the hell not, you know?