Exit Interviews: Scott Brooks confirms Perk was hurt

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The Thunder officially wrapped the season up with their end of the season exit interviews. Players filed in to speak with reporters about their experience of playing in The Finals, to their future with the organization.

Two players didn’t speak because they were sick — Derek Fisher, and Kendrick Perkins. Perk, of course was said to have played the last three rounds with a torn groin. Something Scott Brooks confirmed Saturday.

“I’m proud of guys that never use excuses,” Brooks said. “And Perk had a partial tear. I give him a lot of credit. Most guys would’ve shut it down, but he didn’t. He fought.

“Perk played through it and we would have not been in the NBA Finals if it wasn’t for his toughness versus the Lakers and his ability to guard pick-and-rolls in the Spurs series.”

Full audio of the exit interviews after the jump.

SCOTT BROOKS
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Brooks on next season:”There’s no guarantee the next natural step is a championship. We all start next season 0-0.”

On LeBron in the Finals: “It wasn’t natural what he was doing on the court. You don’t see that often. He was at a special level that I’ve never seen before.”

On Ibaka improving, most notably his hands: “He’s definitely worked on that part of his game. It’s not like he’s Fred Biletnikoff or anything but he doesn’t have bad hands. He has hands that should and will get better.”

KEVIN DURANT
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KD: “Russell was great this year at helping everybody out, being more vocal, controlling his emotions a little bit more and just leaving it all out there for the team. You see one of your main guys doing that you don’t have nothing to do but follow it.”

On Harden and Ibaka’s contract negotiations: “They know they’re a big part of what we do here. They know how much we value them as people first and as players. They know how much the city loves them. But we’re just going to let them do what they do. My job is to be a great teammate and a great friend to them. If they ever ask me for any kind of support, it’s always going to be there. If they ever ask me for advice, I’m always going to be there to talk to them. I’m going to let that take care of itself and hopefully it works out for the best.”

On his championship motivations: “I really wanted it for the team and the city, first off. But the thing about me after that [for] all the people that always told me I was too young, too skinny, I would never make it, I’m over-hyped. Because of stuff like that, I wanted to get there and I wanted to win it just to kind of show people I could do it and I could lead a team to a [championship]. Unfortunately, they still can talk about me in that way and throw the rings jokes out there.”

RUSSELL WESTBROOK
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Westbrook on what he takes from losing the Finals: “Just the feeling. I think all the guys know what that felt like to walk off the court and not being champions. I think that’s going to push a lot of guys. I know it’s going to push me to come back better. It’s going to push everybody else to come back better players.”

On Brooks’ contract talks: “That’s how things go. You kind of (see it) get dragged out, dragged out, and then it gets done. It wasn’t never a panic for me. I know it’s just kind of how negotiations work…That’s kind of how the lockout was, just talk, talk, talk, talk, talk until finally we come to an agreement.”

JAMES HARDEN
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Harden on his contract: “I’m just leaving it up to my agent and Sam [Presti]. They’ll do a pretty good job of working it out. I’m focused on several other things right now. But when the time is [right], they’ll figure it out and it’ll be done.”

NICK COLLISON
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Collison on what he wants to work on: “I’ve become a better shooter and I want to look to that more.”

On why he thinks he didn’t play a lot in the Finals: “We played a lot of small lineups with one big on the floor, and those two guys have played great for us this year. They’ve been really vital to what we’ve done, and coach has a lot of faith in them. He has a lot of faith in me. He’s got a lot of faith in all our guys. There’s just not a ton of minutes available to the three of us when we’re playing one at a time. That’s what we went with.”

On how Thunder fans have actually helped, outside of the noise: “The lack of negativity that we have to deal with here from outside that a lot of cities do helps us, too, especially in our growth and with young players, all players, but particularly in the last three or four years. If you’re also dealing with constant negativity from the city or you don’t feel that loyalty that everyone is on board it’s more difficult. It’s not impossible. People deal with it all the time. But I think it is an advantage for us that we’ve kind of have that unwavering support.”

NAZR MOHAMMED
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Mohammed on his future: “Of course I’d love to be back. Hoping to be back.”

Mohammed on Cole Aldrich: “If I was in his position, I’d want to get on the court. I feel that that’s the next progression. You’ve got to give him a chance and see what you’ve got.”

ERIC MAYNOR

On the contract questions with the roster: “If we really want to continue, it feels like we got something special here. I feel like if guys sacrifice to get something done then everybody will be here still.”

On what he’ll tell his agent about an extension: “I want to be here. It’s very important to me. Whatever we got to do to get it done, we need to make it happen. I enjoy being here and I want to be here longer.”

On if he wants to be a starter: “Of course I want to be a starter in this league. But at the same time, wherever I’m at I want to enjoy it while I’m playing basketball. Sometimes it’s not about that. Sometimes it’s, like I said, about that word sacrificing. That’s basically what I’m about. I just like to win and enjoy doing it.”

Old Man Game
2012-06-23 23:02:32
 @Stringer Bell Feels great to hear how much he wants to be here. 
EVDebs
2012-06-23 22:58:34
As a former Raiders fan, I appreciate Brooks's Fred Biletnikoff reference. Could we try a little stickum on Serge's hands next season? ;-)
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 22:59:01
 @EVDebs Wide receiver's gloves maybe? 
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 22:56:52
 @todayisbananas So you don't think a player/athlete can't ever become overconfident from something like this, walk in as the favorite with his freshly minted world record and then get upset? I think the history would say that does happen. And you know I bet if those guys/ladies had their 'druthers they'd personally tell you they'd have rather had the medal than the record.  Because even if they couldn't defend their Olympic title they'll always be the Gold Medalist from the 2008 Olympics or the 2004 Olympics or whenever. That's a title of sorts that never goes away. 
todayisbananas
2012-06-23 22:39:55
 @todayisbananasThat and a 7-peat.  
todayisbananas
2012-06-23 22:37:07
 @Old Man Game  That moment and the origin of the OKC chant are two special and unique experiences Thunder fans will have long after this group has retired.  
todayisbananas
2012-06-23 22:35:22
 @Old Man Game    "Former Olympic Champions" abound.  They fall as quickly as world records. Hence the dispair of the last Olympic champion when he failed to qualify for this Olympics, and was reduced to tears on this same day.   As for my opinion, it's based on experience.  I've never seen someone become complacent before achieving Olympic gold.  But, I have many times seen a strong Olympic trials performance fuel an Olympian.
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 22:22:12
 @OBoymuzik I think that "RUSS-ELL" chant during that game against Dallas at the beginning of the season is something that would never have happened in any other city. I could just as easily see him being booed in New York. 
todayisbananas
2012-06-23 22:21:07
 @Stringer Bell  Both he and James have both said the kinds of things in their exit interviews that imply that they are more interested in continuing to be part of this team than in squeezing every dime possible out of a team or finding a spot on another team where they can be a starter.  
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 22:19:04
 @todayisbananas Records are made to be broken. End of story.  As for whether the possibility of that is unlikely that's your opinion.
justin_mia
2012-06-23 22:17:43
 @OBoymuzik Even the fans here when they are at their most cynical aren't as bad as the worst  fans in big markets.
Stringer Bell
2012-06-23 22:14:08
I'm really impressed with Maynor's attitude. Very unselfish and knows how special this team could be. I really hope Serge and James feel that way too. And hopefully we have Maynor back at 100% next year! Looks like he's well on the way.
todayisbananas
2012-06-23 22:02:10
 @Old Man Game A world record is as immortal as an Olympic title, if less glorious.   I object to the idea that his emotion was unwarranted, and the idea that breaking a world record is of little value if not earned in a championship meet.    Also, I don't think there's a realistic risk for most people becoming complacent from being "too happy" with a world record going into the Olympics.  But, if all you were doing was stating an unlikely hypothetical, then I can agree with that at least. 
OBoymuzik
2012-06-23 21:58:29
nick makes a great point in his interview about the lack of negativity here in OKC with fans(he must not come to DT) but it is interesting to think how a player like Russ would have probably been eaten alive in his first 2 seasons in a city like NY or LA
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 21:32:26
 @todayisbananas I don't think anyone expressed that idea. My point was that he shouldn't get too happy about a world record and get complacent. Not that he couldn't recover in a month plus. Of course that would be ludicrous. Give me a little credit.    As for the cast piece of medal, you and I both know the championship, whatever the token that represents it might be, is what is forever. 
todayisbananas
2012-06-23 21:10:41
 @Old Man Game That only makes sense if you believe the competitors are actually interested in winning a piece of cast metal on a ribbon, and not the abstract declaration of Olympic Champion.   Also, the idea that running the 1500 all out could somehow make it more difficult for him to recover before London is wrong.
KoolKeith3000
2012-06-23 19:11:04
A healthy Perkins wasn't going to be all that useful in a matchup with the Heat, let alone playing with an injury.
Jooseppi
2012-06-23 19:17:06
Justin said it earlier, but Nick's is really good. Worth a listen.
Lost Ones
2012-06-23 19:17:44
 @Jooseppi I think Nazrs is better
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 19:34:13
Anyone watching Olympic track and field trials? Can we get some new Sprinters please? Tyson Gay was supposed to be the guy 4 years ago. 
Lost Ones
2012-06-23 19:35:43
 @Old Man Game  its on?
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 19:36:24
 @Lost Ones NBC.
Lost Ones
2012-06-23 19:47:12
lol at dude crying about messing up
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 19:50:19
 @Lost Ones Pretty sad. The guys get one chance, maybe two, to do something they've trained their whole lives for. 
Lost Ones
2012-06-23 19:59:58
 @Old Man Game I would be two putting 4 years into to fail :(
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 20:01:07
 @Lost Ones This Ashton Eat decathlete seems pretty impressive. JNot sure why that guy from Duke pulled up. Could have been his claim to fame even if he didn't make the team. 
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 20:04:01
 @Lost Ones Eaton not "Eat" my keyboard is crap. 
Lost Ones
2012-06-23 20:05:32
 @Old Man Game  hell yea, that was a really impressive run and a record breaker at that hopefully he can recoup for next month.
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 20:06:31
 @Lost Ones Yeah no kidding and what's with the crying? You haven't done nothing yet bro. A world record won't mean crap to you if you don't bring your A-game in London. 
Lost Ones
2012-06-23 20:15:01
 @Old Man Game lol i guess he feel as if he accomplished something by beating the record, but it wasn't that serious honestly he shouldnt have went for it
todayisbananas
2012-06-23 20:40:16
 @Lost Ones  You're nuts.  You never know if you'll be in a position to take a shot at a world record again.  Especially in the decathalon.  He had an amazing first day setting world decathalon records in the 100m and long jump and personal records in at least the pole vault and I can't remember what else.    Not to mention he now goes into the Olympics as a known quantitiy, meaning he can make a little money from endorsements--something decathaletes don't make a lot of.  Maybe not Dave and Dan money, but something.
todayisbananas
2012-06-23 20:42:25
 @Old Man Game  Running for bronze in the Olympics unless the Jamaicans get popped for drugs.
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 20:50:54
 @todayisbananas  @Lost Ones That world record will be broken eventually. He can take his time write it down on a piece of paper and toss it in the trash can. The Gold is forever. 
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 23:07:41
 @todayisbananas Totally. I was at that game. I'll never forget that. Especially for a regular season game it doesn't get much better. 
ILikePancakes
2012-06-23 23:08:07
I have a serious mancrush on Eric since the start of last season.
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 23:09:15
 @ILikePancakes It wasn't until he was gone that I fully appreciated him. 
ILikePancakes
2012-06-23 23:12:21
http://2daysports.com/amar-e-stoudamire-calls-fan-fag-on-twitter-1895.html   This is hillarious
Old Man Game
2012-06-23 23:17:40
 @ILikePancakes That's a fine. Didn't J.R. Smith get fined for tweeting that picture of a girl's butt earlier in the year? 
ILikePancakes
2012-06-23 23:23:03
 @Old Man Game Technically that was a private message, wasn't it?
Jooseppi
2012-06-23 23:34:32
 @Old Man Game  @EVDebs just graft them to his skin so he can never taken them off
todayisbananas
2012-06-23 23:44:33
 @Old Man Game  I do think that overconfidence can and has cost athletes to underperform.  I don't think Eaton's emotion at his accomplishment is any indicator of likeliness to suffer from overconfidence.  I think it is appropriate and warranted.  His fellow competitors recognized  the moment by deferring to him at the finish line.  It's a very big deal, and not diminished by the fact that it was not accompanied by a gold medal.
jdstorm
2012-06-23 23:54:27
 @Old Man Game Or Find a Radioactive Spider
jdstorm
2012-06-23 23:56:18
 @ILikePancakes Somewhere, Grant Hill is Shaking his head sadly
jdstorm
2012-06-23 23:57:14
 @Old Man Game Serge Ipaker
jdstorm
2012-06-23 23:57:47
 @Old Man Game Serge Iparker
Legendary_dork
2012-06-24 02:25:17
kinda off subject but it still bothers me to see that ref sorta high five spo after miller hit that 3, just odd that. Course miami fans are saying the ref was pushing him off the court.  I call bs on that, cause like 2 games before that he was LITERALLY on the floor when russ was shooting, hell i though spo was part of the miami team for a sec lol.  anyways.  just irks me.
jdstorm
2012-06-24 02:25:30
 @Old Man Game Serge Iparka
FF_pickups
2012-06-24 02:29:16
 @Legendary_dork  The officiating in this series was a joke.
jdstorm
2012-06-24 02:32:53
 @FF_pickups  @Legendary_dork When you play miami you play 5 on 8. just like when Sacremento or New Orleans or some other crappy team plays OKC. its not fair but its the best we have
FF_pickups
2012-06-24 02:35:56
 @jdstorm  @Legendary_dork  In a fairly officiated series, Miami and OKC are very, very close.
FF_pickups
2012-06-24 02:37:52
 @justin_mia "Even the fans here when they are at their most cynical aren't as bad as the worst  fans in big markets."   Derrick Rose has gotten a free pass.
loplopol
2012-06-24 03:08:58
OH MY GOODNESS. Once you watch you'll say the same thing..   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuy7-ERyFhc
loplopol
2012-06-24 03:11:30
 @FF_pickups Even in this series we were close in Games 2-4.Though when I first saw that moment on TV, I thought that the ref was pushing him back out of bounds. Of course it looked like a high five or chest pat or whatever, but I guess Miami fans aren't the only ones thinking that it wasn't a high five
loplopol
2012-06-24 03:12:38
 @ILikePancakes Don't forget Ron Artest's sexting scandal. Normally I wouldn't think much of it, but seeing as I know the girl, it always pops in my head when his name pops up.
loplopol
2012-06-24 03:13:56
 @FF_pickups Most likely cause if they lose Rose, they've got basically nothing.
loplopol
2012-06-24 03:15:30
 @Old Man Game Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment Would you capture it or just let it slip?
FF_pickups
2012-06-24 03:29:34
 @loplopol Congratulations, Miami Heat, you have good breath.
FF_pickups
2012-06-24 03:37:58
 @loplopol  I think you are right.  The curse of Russell Westbrook isn't that he's a 'gunner point guard who shoots too much', it's not the market that he plays in either, it's that he plays with Kevin Durant. 
diddoff
2012-06-24 05:51:26
Spanish team Caja Laboral just announced... um... Tibor Pleiss as their new center.
TaoMaas
2012-06-24 06:48:50
 @FF_pickups   I think you're right.  Most teams would love to have their point guard be a Top 5 scorer.  It's only because Russ has the option to dish to KD that he gets so much flack.
YoniFromIsrael
2012-06-24 06:52:03
 @diddoff http://es.finance.yahoo.com/noticias/caja-laboral-confirma-fichajes-p%C3%ADvot-alem%C3%A1n-tibor-pleiss-105826872--nba.html Yup, Thats what it says here.
TaoMaas
2012-06-24 06:54:17
 @KoolKeith3000   I don't know...didn't we kick off one of our regular season games against the Heat by pounding them inside with Perk and Serge?  In games 2-4, all the Thunder needed was a little bump in order to win.  A healthy Perk might have made a lot of difference...another block, an extra rebound...whatever.
Old Man Game
2012-06-24 07:06:05
 @diddoff D'OT! What the heck? Well I guess he going to get some more seasoning on someone else's dime. 
YoniFromIsrael
2012-06-24 07:09:17
 @diddoff Probably a good thing to play at the top level of proffesional basketball in Europe. David Vanderpool probably thought he needed some more time.
Old Man Game
2012-06-24 07:10:49
 @todayisbananas And if someone at another country's Olympic trials breaks it Sunday? 
Old Man Game
2012-06-24 07:12:17
 @YoniFromIsrael  @diddoff Does anyone know anything about that team? Is that in a more competitive league than Brose was? 
diddoff
2012-06-24 07:13:44
 @Old Man Game  @YoniFromIsrael Third best team in the best league in Europe (second best in the world). 
Old Man Game
2012-06-24 07:14:40
 @diddoff  @YoniFromIsrael Oh well that may be good then. Do you know how long the contract is for or whether there is some sort of buyout? 
Old Man Game
2012-06-24 07:15:12
 @diddoff  @YoniFromIsrael Also, I guess this probably increases the chances of Latavious Williams making the roster. 
diddoff
2012-06-24 07:15:40
 @Old Man Game  @YoniFromIsrael It's a four year deal but could have an NBA clause.
todayisbananas
2012-06-24 07:34:23
 @Old Man Game  Very unlikely, but then his reign will be short, but the title forever. 
Old Man Game
2012-06-24 07:37:36
 @todayisbananas There you go again saying how something is unlikely.  Likely or unlikely if that happens then he'll be able to say he held the world record for a day, a week, a month and a half whatever. But if he wins the gold he'll always have that.  You and I will just have to agree to disagree on the significance of this. 
SergeIblocka
2012-06-24 07:44:49
I hate how now that he's one a ring and KD everyone is overreacting in the opposite direction in regard to LBJ and KD by stating that LBJ is a million miles apart from KD and that KD is just a good scorer who is soft. Save the Heat series, KD was the team's best rebounder and second best passer. He has gotten better and better in those categories and his defense every year. Plus, I think (complete bias) that he will age better than Lebron because he has a jump shot whereas LBJ does not. Furthermore, he's only 23 years old. 5 years from now when LBJ is 32 KD will unanimously be the best player in the league as he will just be entering his prime whereas LBJ will be entering his "decline phase." I agree that the gap between KD and LBJ that I thought was neck-and-neck has widened some, but now some are saying that KD is not even top 5 as Dwade, Dirk, Kobe and others are still way ahead of him 
SergeIblocka
2012-06-24 07:45:47
won a ring and KD hasn't* 
Legendary_dork
2012-06-24 07:54:11
 @FF_pickups the officiating was a joke throughout the playoffs  in general. I didnt watch one game going..hmm that was fair and balanced. it was always., OF COUUUUUUUUUUURSE THATS A FOUL YOU PIECE OF $$%$ lol
Legendary_dork
2012-06-24 07:57:39
 @SergeIblocka  well ill give lebron his due, he can be a monster. He is more athletic, hes more powerful, and when he FEELS like it, he can take over a game.   Durant is very young and will get to that level, maybe not strength wise, but in overall basketball IQ and shooting ability he will surpass lebron.  durant is def a top tier player, ranking him is all opinion based though. Do i think hes top 5-10, of course.
Old Man Game
2012-06-24 08:02:50
 @Legendary_dork  After game 1 I really thought the Thunder would sweep them. It wasn't just that the Thunder had won but that the officials had called it like a Miami home game and Miami had still lost. I thought, no way they're going to get that whistle all series. Boy was I wrong about that. 
todayisbananas
2012-06-24 08:10:22
 @Old Man Game  I'm the only one between the two of us who understands the significance of it and am trying to educate you on the significance of it.  I was beginning to suspect that you were being willfully obtuse, which is fun, but now I see you just don't get it, which is fine.  It's not a premier sport here anymore.  No hard feelings. 
Old Man Game
2012-06-24 08:18:43
 @todayisbananas Well thank you for your time in trying to educate me oh great one. As you said, no hard feelings. 
todayisbananas
2012-06-24 08:24:16
 @Old Man GameThat did come off as superior.  I apologize.
todayisbananas
2012-06-24 08:28:56
 @diddoff  According to the auto-translator, that Spanish team has hired a French escort.  Things sure are different in Europe!
supreme35
2012-06-24 08:48:39
 @SergeIblocka That's life baby. KD will have have plenty of time to show what he is about. He has a lot of greatness ahead of him.
supreme35
2012-06-24 09:02:42
 @SergeIblocka That's life baby. Just like KD's game 2 performance would have been considered historic if he had made the last shot or if they had called the foul on James but instead they didn't and Lebron got all the love even though he had been beat by KD multiple times including the last shot. If the Heat had given up that lead it would and should have been on Lebron but because of the miss/no call Lebron was considered the best player on the court. KD will have have plenty of time to show what he is about. He has a lot of greatness ahead of him.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 09:15:37
 @diddoff I wonder if OKC just offered him summer league then contract negotiations and Pleiss wanted an NBA contract first or if the team just didn't think he was ready.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 09:38:15
 @diddoff Or if Pleiss just didn't want to come yet. Landed on a good team, pay is probably nice.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 09:39:34
 @SergeIblocka  My feelings about the "rankings" of the players has in now way changed because of 5 games. I still think LeBron and Durant are 1 and 2, and then a big gap.
Prye05
2012-06-24 09:39:53
Due to the fact that we haven't really had a full "Thunder Draft Prospects" article yet, I thought I would start the ball rolling. Some people are calling for the Thunder to get a prospect who can step in immediately and contribute such as a senior or more developed player (like Jeff Taylor). I personally think OKC should draft the best player/asset available regardless of position. What I mean by this is twofold. 1. OKC has the enviable position of being a young team that can get better with age so they don't exactly have any needs other than to stay healthy and work out some financial details. 2. This team was built around the idea of acquiring talent and value not necessarily short sided moves (other than the drafting of Cole this team has stayed in it's spot for the most part).   Here are some prospects that I think are worth discussing:   Jeff Taylor - He would be more of an immediate contributor but if he was going to be drafted by the Thunder I would prefer to see it as a 2nd round pick and not a first round pick due to the non-guaranteed status of a 2nd round contract which provides flexibility moving forward. However, his upside is a bit more limited.   Quincy Miller - While he might be a bit skinny and also may or may not be on the board when the Thunder select... if Miller wasn't coming off an ACL injury going into last year he would have the buzz of a top 10 player. Getting a potential top 10 player at the end of the first round is what I call could risk/reward. If he develops into that talent OKC gets a quality 3/4 type player who could be a dynamic stretch 4 off the bench and/or a valuable trade chip to other teams worth more than just a simple 28th pick.   Evan Fournier - A Eurostash player out of France that could use a year or two to develop or if needed could come over this year and play as another bench scorer.   Royce White - Another player with good talent but not a guaranteed chance at developing all the way but at 28 well worth it. However, he might be off the board before the Thunder pick (supposedly has a guarantee from the Celtics or Hawks).   Perry Jones - Another person who has top 10 talent that has seen his value all over the map to the point that if he fell a certain distance I think the Thunder might have to consider the possibility of trying to trade up to get him due to his tremendous talent. (One possibly trade that could happen is looking at switching spots with Dallas (#17) by possibly offering them OKC's pick and/or Maynor or Reggie Jackson.) Obviously losing a quality guard is a bit of a risk but again it's about talent acquisition and it's not every day you can get top 10 talent deeper in the draft on a more cost controlled budget without sacrificing major parts of the team.   Jarred Sullinger - Yet another potential top 10 player (notice the trend) who does have some mentions of being drafted slightly ahead of the Thunder (Den at 20, Philly at 15, Hou at 16). Could give the team another quality big man to help battle teams in the West that are more big man oriented.   Andrew Nicholson - Another stretch 4 who is rumored to be going slightly ahead of the Thunder but if fell could be a good fit.   The other idea is to trade down a bit into the 2nd round (possibly getting a 2nd round pick and a future 2nd round pick or things like that to move back slightly is a great trade that would allow for similar value at less cost plus gaining another potential asset in the future (Getting a team like Washington's future 2nd round pick could be getting the #31 pick in one of the next few drafts)   Some people of interest a little further down the table: Henry Sims of Georgetown, Tu Holloway, Jae Crowder, Scott Machado, Kyle O'Quinn, John Jenkins.   Let me know what you guys think and if there are people to add or take off the list etc.    
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 09:40:33
 @SergeIblocka  My feelings on the ranking of players has in no way changed because of 5 games. LeBron is still No. 1 to me, Durant is still No. 2, and there's a big gap after that.
diddoff
2012-06-24 09:48:40
 @Prye05 On the board from draftexpress all of them are (long) gone at 29. Trading down seems more and more reasonable to me, mainly because I believe in that Vorontsevich rumor.
diddoff
2012-06-24 09:49:09
 @Prye05 (Taylor is the only one available)
Prye05
2012-06-24 09:54:48
 @diddoff Every year players fall in the draft (mainly because teams that are lower trade up to get certain players which pushes other players back and back and back) Also you have players with certain issues (such as Sullinger and his back) that fall because people aren't willing to risk it. So players that are ranked between picks 15-25 could actually fall quite easily just depending on how the draft goes so there is no assurance they will be gone. There are also a lot of teams trying to trade back and just because one site says they will be gone doesn't mean they will be gone. ESPN has had a lot of those players at or behind OKC for a couple weeks switching back and forth based on the newest rumors. It's not exactly a stable situation.   Not to mention there is another factor that could be at play which is the possible trade between Cleveland and Charlotte that could move the 2 pick to Cle for the 4th and 24th pick. Charlotte is looking to add assets and has a former Thunder GM which could mean they could be interested in possibly trading down again for another future pick and/or a player which at 24 puts the Thunder in an even better spot than 28. So there are lots of things that can happen. Hence the reason there is a large range of talent up there that isn't limited to a single person.
ThunderChick2010
2012-06-24 10:02:39
 @loplopol What a mix of amusing and creepy . . .   :)
Prye05
2012-06-24 10:04:40
 @diddoff I'm not necessarily saying that these players won't be gone (if other teams take the same assumption that I do that some of these players are top 10 talents) then some teams might trade up to take them. Not every team has the same valuation for every player (just like not every draft  site has the same valuation or same team taking certain players). Also some teams are after various positions so not every team necessarily needs a 3/4 type player which most of the people put on that list were. So a team moving in front of the Thunder that takes a guard on the board instead of say a team like Boston who is projected to take 2 forwards leaves another big man available to the Thunder. Every time a pick doesn't go exactly as projected by the draft sites it changes the whole dynamic of how the draft will go.
diddoff
2012-06-24 10:24:32
 @Prye05 Yea, it's no secret that a lot of things can happen. I just can't imagine that Presti wants to stay in the first or even trade up to give away a guaranteed contract to someone who needs playing time to be a contributor in 2 or 3 years. 
justin_mia
2012-06-24 10:26:58
 @FF_pickups Derrick Rose is from Chicago.
Watson
2012-06-24 10:57:14
 @Prye05 Jared Sullinger = fat, jumpshooting Greg Oden. If he falls to 28, it would be for good reason. The only other person I would even look at is Perry Jones, but he won't make it out of the lottery.
Crow
2012-06-24 11:03:39
 @diddoff from the little I've seen Vorontsevich would be a waste of a roster spot for at least 2 years
diddoff
2012-06-24 11:07:34
 @Crow And the players you get with the 28th pick would not? 
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:08:17
So the bulls are actively trying to trade noah.. 
diddoff
2012-06-24 11:08:53
 @Lost Ones Woah. Link?
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:09:44
 @diddoff http://www.iamagm.com/news/2012/06/23/bulls.looking.move.joakim.noah.andor.luol.deng.high.draft.pick.and.trade.exception
diddoff
2012-06-24 11:12:08
 @Lost Ones A little weird that they want to blow up so much after this season. But retaining Asik and Gibson is pretty smart IMO.
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:15:37
 @diddoff yea it is pretty smart, but i think teams might try to throw some cash at asik himself both are liabilities on offense imo anyway
diddoff
2012-06-24 11:16:59
 @Lost Ones How much would you give Asik? 7-8 per year?
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:23:12
 @diddoff yea 7-8 he hasn't shown anything to warrant more probably the same for taj
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:33:09
So i guess the backup center is all coles he did it.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 11:33:37
 @Lost Ones Long way to go until then.
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:39:29
 @Jooseppi 120 days!
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:43:21
Minnesota has only worked out one player -- White -- who could be considered for the No. 18 pick, according to the Star Tribune, which has lead to speculation that he's the choice. However, David Kahn may also try to trade out of the first round and that's why he has not brought in more first round prospects with under a week to go until the draft."     lets go for there pick moveup!
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 11:44:03
 @Lost Ones I'd be shocked if the big roster situation stayed with the currently signed players. Nazr could get signed again. Free agency. Draft. I think Cole has a good shot at finally getting minutes, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if he started the season as the backup center, I just believe there are a lot of potential wrenches that can be thrown into the mix.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 11:45:03
 @Lost Ones The speculation has been the No. 18 pick is the best bet if somebody wants to trade up to secure White. I'm not sure what we have that interests Minnesota outside of a bigger overall deal.
areayewhy
2012-06-24 11:45:26
 @Lost Ones Who would you take with the 18th pick?
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 11:45:39
 @areayewhy  @Lost Ones White.
areayewhy
2012-06-24 11:48:23
 @Jooseppi  @Lost Ones I don't know why, but White doesn't seem worth the 18th pick. What do you think we'd have to trade to move up 10 spots?
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:48:30
 @Jooseppi  @areayewhy That's a reach 
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:49:01
 @areayewhy  @Jooseppi trade picks, cash, probably cook or something 
areayewhy
2012-06-24 11:50:16
 @Lost Ones  @Jooseppi would 2012 1st rounder, charlotte's 2013 2nd rounder and cash be enough?
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 11:50:57
 @areayewhy A future first if Minny doesn't like this draft, next year's second from Charlotte, cash, a player/expiring contract. White is worth the No. 18 pick, in my opinion. During the course of the pre-draft process he's been linked as high as No. 7 to GS and seems to have a promise in the early 20s.  
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:51:47
call me crazy but if the bobcats gave up a good player with the #2 pick  ill take it and draft beal my god this kid is terrific http://youtu.be/Ww9lXcfEd14
areayewhy
2012-06-24 11:52:42
 @Jooseppi You could be right about White, but I don't like tweeners. It puts so much pressure on you on the defensive end of the court.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 11:52:47
 @Lost Ones If it;s true that they are looking at Harrison Barnes, Jordan might as well just move the team to Seattle already.
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:53:24
 @Jooseppi imo he has to take beal at that spot he's the most complete player out of the top 5.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 11:55:31
 @Lost Ones Hard to pass on Robinson there.
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:56:34
 @areayewhy  @Jooseppi  should be , I dont think white is worth drafting at that spot though, we could get better players.
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:57:32
 @Jooseppi nazr is good as gone and he sounded fine with it, brooks almost has to play cole now he was a top 10-20 pick for a reason
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 11:57:59
 @Jooseppi yea him too, but idk if im a fan of Robinson there isn't many lethal 2 guards around.
Tobi
2012-06-24 11:58:00
A player I like at No. 28 is Doron Lamb. He could replace Cook which saves some salary and could be the 3pt specialist the Thunder still need (shot 47% from college 3 for career). Could also play nicely along Westbrook.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 11:58:31
 @areayewhy He's not much of a tweener, just an undersized PF. I don't think the team would draft him unless they believed he is solid defensively enough to play some stretches as a small ball center. I don't know if he is but that's something Presti is likely looking at. I think he'd be the best available player at 18 in any case. As far as trading, Maynor is the most appropriate piece for a trade up of that level and Minny wouldn't be a team interested in him, I'd assume.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 11:59:17
 @Lost Ones I think you all of all people would be skeptical of Brooks playing a young  player.
areayewhy
2012-06-24 11:59:57
 @Lost Ones  @Jooseppi Who would you take with the 18th pick? I'd take fab melo. He seems to be a taller, more athletic Perkins with better hands.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 12:00:29
 @Tobi Hadn't thought of him. Probably a reach at 28 but available in the top of the second, I imagine.
areayewhy
2012-06-24 12:01:03
 @Jooseppi I agree. Minnesota is stacked at point guard with Rubio, Ridnour and Barea.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 12:02:57
 @areayewhy  @Lost Ones Melo is a stay away, in my opinion. Too many questions. White, Moultrie, Harkless, Leonard and Miller... those kinds of players. I'd probably take White or Moultrie.
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 12:03:24
 @Tobi I forgot all about lamb, watch out for the bulls though they need a 2guard as well
Crow
2012-06-24 12:03:37
 @diddoff i think the best player at 28 will be better than V but usage depends on their perceived need / willing to use / develop. V looks like a late 2nd rounder or the non-drafted player that he actually is.
Tobi
2012-06-24 12:03:51
 @Jooseppi Yes, most boards have him early second, similar to John Jenkins.
Crow
2012-06-24 12:04:12
 @diddoff he is already 24-25 and still a low minute player
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 12:04:43
 @Jooseppi I am skeptical, but his contract is running out its either now or never brooks hand is forced imo.
areayewhy
2012-06-24 12:06:00
 @Jooseppi  @Lost Ones Moultrie would be a good pick. It'd be nice to have a big that could score.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 12:07:38
 @areayewhy  @Lost Ones I haven't looked at Leonard a lot but if he were available at 18 and OKC traded up I think you have to take him.
areayewhy
2012-06-24 12:11:34
 @Jooseppi  @Lost Ones Leonard looks good too. Him and Ibaka in the lane would make it very tough to score inside. I'm ok with OKC drafting almost any big because I think we'll need to amnesty Perkins after the 1012-1013 season.
MisterJohnsonOKC
2012-06-24 12:13:18
 @Tobi And maybe he'd actually be a 3 point specialist. unlike cook.
justin_mia
2012-06-24 12:13:59
I wouldn't move up in the draft for anyone.  I think the cost might be prohibitive.  If anything we should move down to the beginning of the second round to avoid a guaranteed contract.  I like Royce White a whole lot but I think he goes in the teens somewhere and to get up there we're looking at unloading one of our other guys on rookie scale.
justin_mia
2012-06-24 12:14:55
 @Lost Ones I would say he is the favorite.  But there are some veterans out there who could fill the role.  I think (hope) that Nazr is done, barely played him in the playoffs.
FF_pickups
2012-06-24 12:17:26
 @justin_mia Russell Westbrook is from California.  
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 12:18:14
Not Thunder related, but I wonder If Houston is shopping those picks as part of a deal for that center they are perpetually looking for.
justin_mia
2012-06-24 12:18:18
 @FF_pickups Derrick Rose gets a free pass in Chicago because he is from Chicago.
FF_pickups
2012-06-24 12:20:02
 @justin_mia  No he doesn't.  He gets a pass nationally from everyone.  Why doesn't he get ripped by the national people but RW does?
Tobi
2012-06-24 12:21:06
 @MisterJohnsonOKC Right, Cook is to streaky and sometimes has a bad shot selection. I could see Lamb in a Fisher role, just as a better defender and shooter.
areayewhy
2012-06-24 12:21:46
 @justin_mia According to ESPN the jazz are trying to move into the first round, but i'd guess higher than the 28th pick. The late first round picks are bad value picks because they're guaranteed and the players aren't always very good.
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 12:22:15
 @Tobi  @MisterJohnsonOKC bad shot selection? cook has terrible shot selection he'll let a 3 go up with a 3 defender in his face just to rush the shot.
justin_mia
2012-06-24 12:22:24
 @FF_pickups Derrick Rose's personality is like Durant's.  RW is more grating during games, his game is harder on the eyes aesthetically.  It's easy to like Derrick Rose as a person just like it is easy to like Durant.  RW's personality is more polarizing.  This isn't to say that Rose has been immune to criticism, he's gotten plenty of it as well.  
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 12:23:18
 @justin_mia I think nazr is done, if anything he's filler status at this point and if we do resign him he's not getting the spot over cole especially in a full season.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 12:23:21
 @Tobi  @MisterJohnsonOKC The reality of the "Fisher role" is going to haunt me for years.
MisterJohnsonOKC
2012-06-24 12:23:45
 @Legendary_dork  @SergeIblocka Dude could lean his shoulder in and barrel into the lane for a layup, if he missed a foul was called. If there was the slightest amount of contact, a foul was called and he's given an and 1. sometimes if there was no contact, he was given FTs. I don't buy that Lebron a special player BS.
FF_pickups
2012-06-24 12:25:29
 @justin_mia  I'm well aware of the national narrative.  It doesn't match the facts at all.  If Kevin Durant was on the Bulls, he would be villified nationally and in Chicago, I don't care if Derrick Rose was from the moon.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 12:25:46
Martin for Nene?
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 12:27:23
 @Jooseppi terrible trade nene has health issues
Tobi
2012-06-24 12:28:31
 @Jooseppi They could go after P. Gasol.
Tobi
2012-06-24 12:29:15
 @Lost Ones  @MisterJohnsonOKC  That's probably what Brooks tells him to do.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 12:32:21
 @Lost Ones Martin is expiring and I doubt he extends with Houston.
MisterJohnsonOKC
2012-06-24 12:32:36
I wonder if we trade and get Juan Howard for his "Veteran Championship Experience" Then we can roll out a lineup of Fisher / Thabo / KD / Howard / Nazr
Tobi
2012-06-24 12:33:54
 @Lost Ones  @justin_mia Cole is ready for some minutes, in the regular season for sure. If he produces he can take some of Perkins minutes as well.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 12:36:16
I didn't know Crowder had worked out for OKC. Makes me happy.
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 12:36:48
 @MisterJohnsonOKC I dont want that bum on my roster
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 12:38:43
 @Tobi I'll believe a Pau trade when it happens (and I mean really happens. Not just kind of happening then not happening).
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 12:43:22
 @Tobi  @justin_mia perkins health is starting to become a issue.
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 12:53:36
 @Jooseppi proof?
Prye05
2012-06-24 12:53:44
 @Watson DeJuan Blair fell because of pretty much the exact same concerns as Sullinger... just saying there are a few things that translate from College to the NBA and rebounding and FG% are two of the big ones... Things Sullinger is actually pretty good at. He doesn't have to be a huge hit but at 28 if he is that's huge for the Thunder.   Perry Jones is all over the map right now and it kind of depends on some of the teams in the 8-15 range on where he goes because if there are any surprises there he could actually slide for a bit. Personally if Cole could be traded for Perry Jones I'd be all about that in spite of all the love for Cole on this website. The truth is that Jones has way more talent and while people aren't huge on Perk Aldrich still hasn't actually shown anything at this point (part of that due to lack of opportunity but he was supposed to be an immediate contributor and well...)  
Prye05
2012-06-24 12:54:17
 @diddoff  @Crow The entire point of my original post was the idea that OKC shouldn't just take an immediate talent but should take the best long term talent.
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 12:54:29
 @Prye05  @Watson  Another thing Jones is a 3 , or atleast his agent wants him to be.
Prye05
2012-06-24 12:55:20
 @Lost Ones  @Watson He'd be a prefect player off the bench for the Thunder if he could buy into a bench role (which some of this season at Baylor he looked like a great team player)
Prye05
2012-06-24 12:56:56
 @Lost Ones  @diddoff The Bulls are also reportedly looking to acquire that pick to make a 2ndary move to try and get Dwight Howard. So there are lots of different ways of looking at the same move. 
MisterJohnsonOKC
2012-06-24 13:00:08
 @Lost Ones But he has veteran championship experience.  Brooks would give him at least 30 mins a game.
Jooseppi
2012-06-24 13:12:55
 @Lost Ones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUB55wF0r8Q&feature=related At 1:10.
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 13:35:02
 @Jooseppi as a defender he would be incredibly useful
Lost Ones
2012-06-24 15:39:23
Presti says Scott Brooks is "top on the list" for plans this offseason. #dead
Crow
2012-06-25 19:11:28
Now Perk says it hasnt hurting the last 2 series. I can't get it any weight. He played the way he played, period.