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The Thunder held their seventh media day on Monday. Here are the big time amazing incredible highlights, quotes and notes from it. Keep reading »
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We learned three important things yesterday at media day: 1) Steven Adams looks amazing with a mustache; 2) Serge Ibaka doesn’t know who Mitch McGary is; and 3) Reggie Jackson wants to start. Badly.
It’s unlikely Jackson wins the starting spot this season with the Thunder. He’s a point guard by nature, and so is Russell Westbrook. Playing them together works really well — OKC scored 116.8 points per 100 possessions and allowed 99.0 in 395 minutes with Jackson and Westbrook together — but in terms of starting, that’s a different thing. When Scott Brooks has played Jackson and Westbrook together in the past, it was by virtue of what that individual game’s matchups were dictating. It was an adjustment Brooks could use, a curveball to knock opponents off balance.
Starting them just lays it out there from tipoff. It takes away Jackson’s ability to find a little of his own rhythm running the second unit show, reduces the overall depth of the roster and clogs the floor a bit for both Westbrook, Durant and Ibaka. Jackson is a player that operates with the ball, not typically off it, so in fitting alongside the Thunder’s starting five, he really doesn’t make a ton of sense. Keep Reading…
Kevin Durant on NBA race relations in a Q&A: “I don’t want to offend anybody at all, but as a GM you know what type of people you want. You know some guys may come from different backgrounds, and they might handle situations differently, but that’s not because of the color of their skin at all. Maybe it’s just because of how they were brought up. I think that’s maybe what might go into some of these things that GMs are thinking when they’re bringing in their teams, because culture is big. Core values are big. I don’t think that’s a conversation you should have about the color of a guy’s skin. I think it’s more getting to know the person no matter what. That’s what some of these GMs may want, is ‘How does this guy handle losing 10 in a row and not playing well?’ He may handle it differently than some guy who was brought up differently, you know what I’m saying? And that’s not a race thing at all. That’s an experience thing and a situation thing.”
Rodger Sherman of SB Nation investigates whether or not KD can palm a ball: “But those aren’t the balls used in NBA games. It’s completely plausible that the person doing a photoshoot of a high school-aged Durant gave him a pair of smaller balls so he could take a cool-looking picture. If Durant were coming into the league now, we’d be able to simply look at his draft combine measurements, but they weren’t measuring hands back in 2007, so we don’t have official stats on that. We do have his shoe size — 16! — and, uh, people do think feet and hand sizes are linked.” Keep Reading…
The seventh media day in Oklahoma City happened on Monday, and there was plenty of GREAT stuff about being excited for the season and how the players think they’re better and how they like the direction things are moving. It was truly moving material.
But this media day certainly had its high points. Steven Adams came with a mustache straight off Tom Selleck’s upper lip and Serge Ibaka has no idea who Mitch McGary is. And Reggie Jackson gave some really candid thoughts about why he wants to be a starter so badly.
Here are the highlights: Keep Reading…
Sam Amick of USA Today with a big piece on KD: “Great players have great expectations and no shortage of opportunities to chase a championship elsewhere, and the question now is how Durant will play his hand when the time comes. But the Thunder’s confidence about their long-term place in his heart is rooted in an impressive reality, a sense of pride in where they’ve been and where they’re going that is acting as a shield to the din that surrounds Durant. There’s an obvious hope, too, that he’d rather be remembered as a Tim Duncan- or Derek Jeter-type than take the free agency road that James and so many others have chosen.”
Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal: “At Freds, the airy restaurant atop Barneys, Mr. Westbrook sipped water and discussed his style evolution. He wore pair of black Zara jeans with a hole in the left knee (“My big toe did that”), a short-sleeve hoodie he’d cut the sleeves from and a pair of fluorescent-orange Nike Jordans. New York Fashion Week was winding down, and Mr. Westbrook raved about the Phillip Lim and Public School shows; later, he planned to attend Proenza Schouler. It was becoming a familiar ritual. In June, not long after the San Antonio Spurs knocked the Thunder out of the NBA playoffs, Mr. Westbrook attended Paris Fashion Week, where he huddled among the likes of Rick Owens and Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing.” Keep Reading…
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Bro, Mitch McGary was featured in a little thing on NBA rookies and bro, he was playing some ping pong bro. But he’s excited about playing in Oklahoma City, bro, and can’t wait for the season to get started.
Kurt Helin of PBT on Reggie Jackson: “That’s all swell. However, with a tough point guard free agent market right now (how long did Eric Bledsoe’s deal take, for example) there is no need for the Thunder to overpay. The more likely outcome is the Thunder lets the league set the market for him next summer, then they match. Even if it is a little more than they are comfortable with there will be a fast-rising salary cap with the new television deal coming in to cushion that blow. Jackson wants to start and he could get that chance this year. For the past three seasons Scott Brooks started Thabo Sefolosha at the two guard spot and that made some sense as he defended well and stretched the floor with his three point shooting. But last season Sefolosha lost his shot and his usefulness deteriorated. By the playoffs Scott Brooks was playing Jackson and Russell Westbrook together as a backcourt and by the end of the Spurs series he was starting. But that was not enough against San Antonio.”
Jon Hamm for NewsOK on the difference between Jackson and Harden: “This is what makes Jackson’s situation different. It’s unlikely he would command the Designated Player designation from any team. That’s no knock on Jackson, whose excellent performance has created this dilemma. However, he’s not in the same Mesosphere with the likes of Paul George, Blake Griffin, John Wall or Kyrie Irving. Those players are also members of the prestigious Designated Player club.” Keep Reading…
Thunder fans have been down this road before, and the wounds still haven’t healed, it seems. A critical bench player eligible for an extension, but the Oct. 31 deadline rapidly approaching and no real progress made towards one.
Reggie Jackson’s situation isn’t exactly comparable to James Harden’s, mainly because the dollars don’t align. But the idea is the same: Fail to extend him now and run the risk of the market swallowing him whole next summer and making it impossible to keep him. Which brings in the same potential with Jackson as what happened with Harden: sell high while you can.
But at his preseason media availability, Sam Presti repeated the same refrain about Jackson, saying there has been no consideration to trade him if no deal gets done with the plan remaining to revisit next summer. Keep Reading…
Kevin Durant appeared on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday to promote NBA 2K15. He talked a little about his infamous MVP speech and then Fallon asked him about 2K. KD was adamant about how good he is and then said he doesn’t play as himself because that’s “kind of arrogant.” SO HUMBLE.
Durant didn’t want to say who he plays as but then adorably he confessed.