Perk: Thunder are ‘getting close’ on Harden’s extension

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That glass there? It’s not just half full to Kendrick Perkins. It’s half full of the good stuff, if you know what I mean.

Speaking at a Thunder Fit Clinic event Wednesday, Perk told reporters that he has high hopes for the Thunder’s biggest remaining offseason question, even going as far to say Oklahoma City is “close” to locking up James Harden to an extension.

“We’re doing good. We’re making positive steps going forward,” Perk said about OKC’s offseason. “We got coach Brooks locked in. We got Serge locked in. And we’re getting close with James, and we’re getting close to keeping our unit together. And we’re still hungry.

“Once James gets here it’s nothing to be said,” he said when asked if he’d try and influence Harden. “He’ll see his family and that’s all he needs. So once he sees everybody’s faces that’s enough said.”

If you listen to the audio down below, you’ll hear the way Perk says it and it kind of sounds as if he’s just sort of shooting from the hip on it without any actual inside knowledge of the situation. But I can appreciate his sentiment, because I’m drinking the same stuff he is. I continue to believe that there’s no way the Thunder let a player of Harden’s caliber get away because of impending money concerns.

Though it could just be a false hope and optimism. Because OKC’s future issues are absolutely real and the organization hasn’t shied away from acknowledging them. It’s hard to believe they’d really let a player like Harden get away, especially when there’s a legitimate opportunity to be an NBA title contender for the next five or six years. But the league is a business and it’s real dollars people are spending.

What’s kind of ironic about Perk’s comments though is that if Harden is re-signed, it could signal the end of his time in Oklahoma City. One of the obvious plans for the Thunder to avoid major luxury tax issues is to use the amnesty provision on Perk in 2015 or 2016. Cut him and his nearly $9 million off the books and the Thunder could rescue themselves from a stiff penalty.

Perk though is the kind of guy that is almost unreasonably loyal to teammates and his team. He believes in brotherhood and the idea of someone jumping ship for money instead of staying part of something good probably doesn’t compute with him.

Again, what the Thunder face is well documented, but there’s a deadline looming. If Oklahoma City doesn’t extend Harden before Oct. 31, he becomes a restricted free agent and is all but guaranteed to receive a max offer sheet from someone. Which would mean the Thunder would be forced to match it, or watch their Sixth Man of the Year walk away.

Harden has made it especially clear that his preference is to remain in Oklahoma City and if that’s the case, his best chance is by signing an extension before Oct. 31. Because again: He’s getting max money on the open market. So if the Thunder have any hope of getting him signed for less than that, it would have to come via an extension.

That’s the move Serge Ibaka made in inking his four-year extension with OKC. By not allowing himself to test the open market, he likely took a little less money, but afforded himself the opportunity to remain with the Thunder. Harden obviously understands that’s his situation too.

Training camp opens for the Thunder Oct. 1. Perk and the rest of the team will have 30 days to tug on Harden’s heart and hope he sees OKC is the place to be. Otherwise, the questions will continue.

A few other notes from Perk:

  • Perk on the West: “We are the Western Conference champs. At the end of the day we’re not chasing nobody except for the ring. We’re chasing Miami to get a championship. There’s no guarantee who’s going to be where. At the end of the day, we earned the Western Conference champs. We’re not chasing the Lakers. We’re chasing a championship.”
  • His reaction on Dwight Howard going to the Lakers: “To be honest, I really didn’t have one.”
  • He says Eric Maynor is cleared and is looking good: “I don’t know if y’all seen him but he’s more athletic. I seen him dunk the other day for the first time since I’ve been here.”
  • Perk talked about all the big men added to the roster but made it clear: The line starts behind him. “We all teammates, but at the end of the day the center position over here is mine. And that’s the way we going to keep it.”
  • Perk said he’s seen a lot of improvement out of Cole Aldrich, almost jumping at the opportunity to say so.
  • He says he’s close to getting healthy and expects to be ready for opening night. “My groin is fine, my wrist I’m taking it day by day.” Perk said it was a three-month healing process and Thursday makes eight weeks.

KENDRICK PERKINS
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thunderobsess
2012-09-12 21:13:41
Thunder up
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 21:14:51
 @thunderobsess Welcome! 
cemitten
2012-09-12 21:15:55
 @thunderobsess simple, yet elegant. I like it.
MisterJohnsonOKC
2012-09-12 17:34:38
Get it done presti.
GrapeNUTZ
2012-09-12 17:38:59
this needs to get done
novelisticbee0
2012-09-12 17:41:21
Too much talking. Not enough action. Sign him already.
Arent
2012-09-12 17:43:17
After Perkins told the reporters, he simultaneously bricked a 2-foot layup and got a technical.
OBoymuzik
2012-09-12 17:44:26
Perk said potentially inside info on Harden and Nick Gallo followed it up with the most boring question ever. 
tydude
2012-09-12 17:45:00
Perk doesn't care that Dwight is now a lakers 
Royce Young
2012-09-12 17:53:46
 @OBoymuzik "Perk! Perk! Don't you just love the community!?!?!"
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 17:56:24
 @OBoymuzik DT community scowl to Gallo . . .
Lost Ones
2012-09-12 18:01:58
ZzZzZzZ 
MostJadedGamer
2012-09-12 18:03:47
This is one of the most ironic things. Considering if we do keep Harden that Perkins is almost sure to be amnestied. Of course getting amnestied is a win-win situation. Since not only do you still get all the money you are owed from your contract, but you you can also go out and sign another contract on top of that, and make far more money.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 18:05:08
 @Lost Ones Hey Lost Ones . . . liked strictly for the symmetrical (actually palindromic) arrangement of z's.  It's the offseason, so I feel it's okay to appreciate such things.  :)
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 18:11:14
You know how he (Perk) knows? They called and recommended him a realtor to list his house and a good residential move out cleaner so he can get his whole deposit back
Crow
2012-09-12 18:18:42
"the center position over here is mine", then rebound better.
Crow
2012-09-12 18:20:30
Perkins OR% is about 15% below average for a starting center and his defensive rebound % is about 12% below average.
Crow
2012-09-12 18:22:06
http://www.hoopdata.com/advancedstats.aspx?team=%&amp;type=pm&amp;posi=C&amp;yr=2012&amp;gp=0&amp;mins=25
Crow
2012-09-12 18:22:40
second lowest PER in the group
MisterJohnsonOKC
2012-09-12 18:23:30
 @Crow In other words, Perkins sucks...this is true.
Crow
2012-09-12 18:25:09
 @MisterJohnsonOKC he does have some positive shot defense impact, not in PER but captured by adjusted plus-minus. but it is not that big or reliable year to year.
Crow
2012-09-12 18:26:41
 @MisterJohnsonOKC overall for his career he has been negative on RAPM far more often than positive. the only really big positive was his first year alongside KG. that made his reputation with the media and apparently with Presti.
ou_sas
2012-09-12 18:27:36
 @Crow Do you have any stats on his screening? I mean, I'm aware that he skirts the line on what is and isn't an illegal screen, but he does set some bonecrushing ones sometimes. I know his regular stats aren't out there, but this is one area of his that has not appeared to drop off despite the off year last year.
Crow
2012-09-12 18:28:46
 @ou_sas screening value should get picked up in offensive RAPM
Crow
2012-09-12 18:29:47
 @ou_sas Perkins has never had positive offensive RAPM http://stats-for-the-nba.appspot.com/players/253.png
Crow
2012-09-12 18:31:36
 @ou_sas The Thunder probably count screens and good screens. He might have positive  value there but it appears to be more than offset by his turnovers and other not good offensive attributes.
ou_sas
2012-09-12 18:32:40
 @Crow Probably. I'd opt to use him as a screener going forward rather than on the block. Maybe use him to switch Durant into the block and give him the mismatch in the paint.
ou_sas
2012-09-12 18:33:06
 @Crow That's an excellent visual chart for RAPM. Thanks!
Crow
2012-09-12 18:33:19
 @ou_sas worth some experimenting with
Crow
2012-09-12 18:35:01
 @MisterJohnsonOKC Perk has barely been positive on RAPM estimate twice in his career.
OkcBaby
2012-09-12 18:35:15
love Perks inside information
ou_sas
2012-09-12 18:35:54
 @Crow Agreed. He does have some offensive value... perhaps if you manage to catch his man switching onto Durant on the pick you pass him the ball for an easy dunk if its down low, but other than that, I'd avoid him entirely. 
Crow
2012-09-12 18:36:27
 @MisterJohnsonOKC Neutral impact is worth something to teams compared to the otherr options and some research suggest maybe even $8 million when you are a starter but it doesn't feel that good to me.
Crow
2012-09-12 18:37:58
 @ou_sas almost any player can get better effectiveness marks with  a good system and good coaching / good utilization
Crow
2012-09-12 18:38:53
 @ou_sas The Thunder's system seems almost exclusively geared toward perimeter player offensive  success.
Crow
2012-09-12 18:39:16
 @ou_sas and those folks then ask for and get the max...
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 18:39:24
I feel equally excited to hear that Maynor is dunking. I can't recall ever seeing him dunk before. 
Crow
2012-09-12 18:40:14
 @ou_sas a more balanced offense might have moderated the perimeter player bargaining power to get the max a bit
Crow
2012-09-12 18:40:40
 @ou_sas let westbrook shot anytime he wants? create a max player
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 18:42:04
 @DennisBerry So he owned and rented at the same time? 
Jooseppi
2012-09-12 18:43:17
 @Old Man Game What will see first, a Maynor dunk or a Russ floater? I'm choosing option C: Lazar's headband askew. 
Crow
2012-09-12 18:43:43
 @ou_sas let westbrook shoot anytime he wants? create a max player
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 18:45:20
 @Jooseppi Wouldn't that be bizarro world if we got a Russ floater and Maynor finishing a lob pass at the rim in the same game. 
FF_pickups
2012-09-12 18:45:23
 @Crow  @ou_sas  "let westbrook shoot anytime he wants? create a max player" If you are implying that Westbrook wouldn't be a max contract player on any team in the league, then you have no clue.
Jooseppi
2012-09-12 18:46:27
 @Old Man Game And Lazar's headband falls off in celebration. Perfect. 
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 18:47:28
 @Jooseppi  @Old Man Game The gum routine would have to be really ON for that to happen.  Absolutely no room for error.
FF_pickups
2012-09-12 18:47:46
 @Crow   Perkins IS a good player but he is a MATCHUP player and he's being used as if he is matchup proof.  Look at the +/- numbers from the Lakers series and he was terrific, look at the +/- vs. the Heat or Spurs and he was awful. 
OBoymuzik
2012-09-12 18:48:10
 @Jooseppi  @Old Man Game Option D, Russ eurostep
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 18:48:28
 @Jooseppi Or better, Lazar gets into some sort of Eastern religion and moves to a monastery in the Himalayas thus allowing the Thunder to void his contract and remove him from the roster. Lazar happy. I'm happy. Win. Win. 
Jooseppi
2012-09-12 18:49:15
 @Old Man Game That's doesn't really answer headband questions though. It can fall off in celebration everywhere. 
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 18:49:58
 @Jooseppi Well the air will be thinner up there so we better not risk the reduced oxygen flow to his brain by adding the headband. 
Crow
2012-09-12 18:55:45
 @FF_pickups  @ou_sas westbrook's TS% is just one tenth of one percent better than the league average for guys who play 25+ minutes per game. he is one of 7 max players who do not provide a notably better than average TS%.
OkcBaby
2012-09-12 18:58:39
Maynor dunked on the Jazz.  Where ya ll been:) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57s9jOPizuE
FF_pickups
2012-09-12 18:59:09
This is such a nonstory.  It's a guarantee that the Thunder sign Harden, they are just negotiating right now.  It's not impossible that they trade him but it's so unlikely because they would have done the trade for the number 2 pick in June.  I don't see how the media is having so much trouble grasping this simple concept.
Crow
2012-09-12 18:59:36
 @FF_pickups  @ou_sas playing the way he does he is going to get paid as a max player.   based on RAPM estimate he is about the 43rd best on total impact. http://stats-for-the-nba.appspot.com/ranking_rec   that may be enough to get the max on the market but it makes you a low return max player compared to the top 20.
Jooseppi
2012-09-12 18:59:52
 @OkcBaby I really hope you record your virtual Maynor exploits and post them on YouTube. 
Crow
2012-09-12 19:00:43
 @FF_pickups  @ou_sas Harden/ 12 places higher on the list.
OkcBaby
2012-09-12 19:01:53
 @Jooseppi :22 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57s9jOPizuE
Crow
2012-09-12 19:02:17
 @FF_pickups  @ou_sas this being a per minute ranking
OkcBaby
2012-09-12 19:02:20
 @Jooseppi :22 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLQP8zU-Vc8
FF_pickups
2012-09-12 19:03:32
@crow Yeah, Harden was fantastic in the finals, oh wait, no he single handedly cost the Thunder the title and played some of the worst D I've ever seen.
Crow
2012-09-12 19:05:56
 @FF_pickups  @ou_sas westbrook's primary reputation is as a scorer. a scorer barely better than his peer group ojn TS% and almost 3 percentage points worse than team average. he sets the table and makes it easier for others. but they still have to hit their shots and hit them better than he does.
Crow
2012-09-12 19:06:30
 @FF_pickups  @crow russ has had more bad series shooting than harden by far
Crow
2012-09-12 19:07:12
 @FF_pickups but maybe choking in the finals should cost harden a few mil
FF_pickups
2012-09-12 19:08:02
Of the top 20 players in usage, Westbrook had the 9th best TS%, i.e. of the superstars in the league, Westbrook was above average.
FF_pickups
2012-09-12 19:09:09
Of the top 20 players in usage, Westbrook had the 9th best TS%, i.e. of the Superstars, Westbrook was an above average Superstar
Crow
2012-09-12 19:09:20
 @FF_pickups career playoffs TS%- Westbrook 51% (below average), Harden 61.4%.
FF_pickups
2012-09-12 19:10:37
Career doesn't matter, Westbrook's improvement arc is by far the best in the league.  Let's talk about now, instead of Westbrook in his second year.
OBoymuzik
2012-09-12 19:10:42
Woah Kevin Ollie is going to be the head coach of Uconn
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 19:11:59
 @OBoymuzik What happened to Calhoun? 
FF_pickups
2012-09-12 19:12:04
How was Harden's D against the likes of Kobe and LeBron?  He can't guard a chair.
dancassidy35/FreeFezzyFel from GSW!!!
2012-09-12 19:12:31
 @Old Man Game  @OBoymuzik Retired
Crow
2012-09-12 19:12:50
 @FF_pickups 9th is barely above average. he is tied with bargnani and 1 percentage pt ahead of brook lopez
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 19:13:49
 @dancassidy35/FreeFezzyFel from GSW!!!  @OBoymuzik Good. He's a douche anyway. 
Crow
2012-09-12 19:14:35
 @FF_pickups should focus too much on any one year, good or bad
Crow
2012-09-12 19:15:30
 @FF_pickups career average to date is probably a better predictor of future career performance than last year alone
MisterJohnsonOKC
2012-09-12 19:16:28
 @OBoymuzik Well... Ollie was about 49 when he left OKC so that doesn't surprise me at all.
Crow
2012-09-12 19:17:49
 @FF_pickups his defensive impact overall is poor- RAPM estimate -1.6 but westbrook's is negative too at -0.2
Crow
2012-09-12 19:19:50
 @FF_pickups if Presti had kept / added another vet or two and cut these guys minutes and in russ' case shots some and maybe you don't have to pay both the max.
Crow
2012-09-12 19:20:09
 @FF_pickups on average
Crow
2012-09-12 19:20:43
 @FF_pickups time will tell with russ
Crow
2012-09-12 19:25:43
 @FF_pickups shouldn't focus too much on any one year, good or bad, even the most recent one.
Crow
2012-09-12 19:28:00
 @FF_pickups  @ou_sas russ gets first pick of shots and last pick on shots. it is a different job than the role players but his TS% is mediocre even among superstars, nowhere near the leaders.
Crow
2012-09-12 19:29:23
 @FF_pickups  @ou_sas when he shoots efficiently in a title win I'll congratulate that max deal player.
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 19:29:54
 @Crow  What should he do to improve?
Crow
2012-09-12 19:31:04
 @Old Man Game shoot better than 52 out of 120 against Miami.
Crow
2012-09-12 19:32:04
 @Old Man Game and maybe only shot 95.
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 19:32:20
 @Crow Specifics. Where should he shoot? Where's he good on the floor?
FletchMFletcher
2012-09-12 19:32:53
Season sweep.  Your friend, Fletch. 
Crow
2012-09-12 19:32:56
 @Old Man Game at the rim and at the line, he is fine. after that pass the ball.
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 19:34:16
 @Crow http://courtvisionanalytics.com/russell-westbrook/
Crow
2012-09-12 19:34:24
 @Old Man Game the16-23 footer is a worst shot in the game. even if he is now a bit better than average at it (for one year) he takes too many of these voluntarily. it can matter in a close game.
Crow
2012-09-12 19:35:41
 @Old Man Game the only distance with a better than average return of points compared to the average play  is him at the rim
OBoymuzik
2012-09-12 19:35:52
 @Crow  @Old Man Game he's not going to stop taking midrange shots.. but i'd like a few of them and all of his 3's to be a few shots in the post every game.     
Crow
2012-09-12 19:36:16
 @Old Man Game and there is only one other spot that is even close
Crow
2012-09-12 19:38:21
 @OBoymuzik  @Old Man Game low return mid-range shots are a fairly natural part of driving and not being a very active passer and tend to reverse some of the good he does driving
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 19:41:34
 @Crow  @OBoymuzik It looks like Kirk would agree with you that is just slightly above average as a shooter but he still equates him to being a great scorer because of his ability to get himself open. Also high on Russ' upside as his shot making improves (hopefully) as his career progresses. 
Crow
2012-09-12 19:41:41
 @Old Man Game sorry, i guess it is 3 spots out of the 12 besides directly at the rim
Crow
2012-09-12 19:43:26
 @Old Man Game  @OBoymuzik you are not a "great" scorer if your TS% is barely average among your starting peers.    
Crow
2012-09-12 19:44:27
 @Old Man Game so for the 60% of shots that Russ takes besides at the rim, he is above average on 18% of them and below or well below on 42% of them.
Crow
2012-09-12 19:45:22
 @Old Man Game  @OBoymuzik only Russ' ability to get to the line makes his TS% decent. compare him on eFG% and he looks lots worse.
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 19:46:00
 @Crow Well what would the rest of the league be if they shot the ball like he does? In terms of volume. A lot of guys never shoot unless they're left wide the heck open. Wouldn't their TS% fall if they were asked to carry the load without the corresponding ability to bet themselves open that Russ has? 
Crow
2012-09-12 19:47:46
 @Old Man Game  @OBoymuzik on efg% westbrook is in 216th place in the league.
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 19:47:51
 @FletchMFletcher Well at least you appear to be taking it well. 
Crow
2012-09-12 19:49:13
 @Old Man Game yes but if you can't produce a good efG% and more than a league average TS% and one that is a 3 percentage points worse than team average, you might want to try shooting less than ever more.
Crow
2012-09-12 19:49:52
 @Old Man Game  @OBoymuzik yes but if you can't produce a good efG% and more than a league average TS% and one that is a 3 percentage points worse than team average, you might want to try shooting less rather than ever more.
persiansooner13
2012-09-12 19:51:51
couple things: everyone is giving ibaka all these props for taking less money than they could have made, or saying harden is needs to make this huge sacrifice by taking a little less than the max...but what if they get hurt? Isnt it to their benefit to sign a long term deal rather than risk something happening during the season? That should play to our advantage. Also something tells me the impending perk amnesty will NOT go over well with him. Not one bit.
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 19:52:00
 @Crow  @OBoymuzik Well that's a good point. But you gotta look at in context. In the starting 5, assuming KD isn't open, who else you want taking those shots? Thabo? Serge? Perk? Serious question. 
persiansooner13
2012-09-12 19:52:11
couple things: everyone is giving ibaka all these props for taking less money than he could have made, or saying harden is needs to make this huge sacrifice by taking a little less than the max...but what if they get hurt? Isnt it to their benefit to sign a long term deal rather than risk something happening during the season? That should play to our advantage. Also something tells me the impending perk amnesty will NOT go over well with him. Not one bit.  
Crow
2012-09-12 19:54:22
 @Old Man Game  @OBoymuzik i appreciate your approach but this ground has been covered and i am probably going to shift to other stuff soon. russ shoots a ton because he was allowed to, even encouraged to do so in part because of  the rest of Presti's design and the way Brooks runs the offense or doesn't really.
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 19:54:32
 @persiansooner13 I think that's why most of these guys don't reach restricted free agency. Much better to have the security of 4 additional years guaranteed even if a bit below max than blow out a knee the third week of the season and have only 1 more year because you were hoping for a max deal next summer. 
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 19:55:07
 @Crow  @OBoymuzik Ha. Okay. Asked and answered.
Crow
2012-09-12 19:57:10
 @Old Man Game  @OBoymuzik in 2009-10 westbrook already had a high usage for a pg and then he increased  it by about 27%.
shiki
2012-09-12 19:57:22
 @FletchMFletcher he didn't sleep the whole season,he was awake against bynum
Crow
2012-09-12 19:57:47
 @Old Man Game  @OBoymuzikand it got him  paid the max
FREE_COLE
2012-09-12 19:58:59
best news. just the best
Crow
2012-09-12 20:02:09
 @Old Man Game  @OBoymuzik if they win a title that way, great. i am not as optimistic about that as others but we will see.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 20:56:07
 @persiansooner13 Not everyone can see three years into the future like you.  :)
Allen Iverson
2012-09-12 20:58:49
 @ThunderChick2010  @persiansooner13 I still don't believe him.
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 21:17:03
@persiansooner13 he will get amnest but probly come back
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 21:17:14
Kinda quiet here tonight.  Someone go wake up El Prez.
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 21:19:17
Thank you guys i dont realy knw how to reply and i live in new jersey, ive been a thunder fan for two years tho
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 21:20:48
@cemitten lol thanks
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 21:21:43
@ThunderChick2010 thank you
JimboSlice
2012-09-12 21:23:49
Anybody else find it funny that the first positive Perk says is "We got coach Brooks locked in" aka "Thank God, I'll still get big minutes"
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 21:25:58
 @JimboSlice  He's gotta keep his turnover rate up . . .
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 21:30:19
 @JimboSlice He doesn't have to try and get naked pictures of yet another coach's wife. 
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 21:31:11
You guys gone to sleep already or am just boring, anyway ive been reading u guys comments all the time and i didnt knw how to sine up but thats history and i must say thunder fans are some of the most intelligent basketball fans
Allen Iverson
2012-09-12 21:32:22
 @thunderobsess Not too exciting here, because of the offseason. It only gets active if there's a rumor. Wait until the end of the month, and it'll be better.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 21:32:50
 @thunderobsess Now you're just trying to get cheap, easy likes -- and it usually works.
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 21:33:18
@JimboSlice lol leave perk alone
cemitten
2012-09-12 21:33:27
 @ThunderChick2010  @thunderobsess until you keep secrets from good gentle fair minded people
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 21:33:34
 @thunderobsess You're right tho. From commenting activity, it seems like these mofos go to bed about 9:15. L 7!
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 21:35:58
 @thunderobsess Cemitten likes everyone's comments, except mine.
cemitten
2012-09-12 21:36:37
It doesn't have to be this way.
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 21:37:17
 @cemitten I bet La, Miami, and NY's message boards stay poppin' Even our internet communities are total tumbleweed towns. No wonder no FAs wanna come here
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 21:37:42
 @cemitten  @thunderobsess  I'm just loyal and a person of my word.  (Just hope Tron appreciates it.)
OBoymuzik
2012-09-12 21:39:03
 @DennisBerry  @cemitten nope. Lakers blog has 9 comments today.    
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 21:39:45
 @OBoymuzik  @cemitten Because they have 4,000 to go to, plus they are all our partying at the Playboy mansion with Hef
El Prez
2012-09-12 21:40:44
I hope we keep James. We need a little of his California wildness on this squad to balance the chemistry of the team.Both Maynor &amp; KD looked a little bleary eyed on those pics I saw from Harden's Yacht Party...so my guess is these guys very much enjoy the social aspect of having James on the team. It's good that Perk is now assistant GM to Presti in these negotiations. The fact  Tremel keeps insisting there's no way we keep James almost makes me overconfident we do keep him. I have a theory in relation to Tremel...whatever his intial impulse is...go the exact opposite and you'll get how the story ends.   Kind of like when George finally did the exact opposite of his intial impulse and became traveling secretary of the New York Yankees.   "Hi, I'm George. I'm unemployed, live with my parents, don't have a girlfriend, and have no current prospects whatsoever."   "Hey, I'm Victoria."   James is as good as signed. 
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 21:41:48
 @OBoymuzik  @DennisBerry  @cemitten  This same date last year . . . one article and 27 comments for the whole day.  We're good.
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 21:42:08
@DennisBerry lmao
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 21:48:33
Do anybody have faith in tha-beet this season cuz i think he just never get the right development program
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 21:48:37
 @El Prez I like your theory. Tramel is a truly awful sports writer when it comes to the NBA. He has neither the intellect nor the experience to speak authoritatively on the subject. 
Old Man Game
2012-09-12 21:50:51
 @thunderobsess Me personally not really. If we're depending on him for any real contribution we'll probably be in trouble. 
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 21:52:21
 @thunderobsess I do. He has played good defensive games including a 5 block game against the Thunder when he was in Memphis
EatSleepThunder
2012-09-12 21:52:46
 @thunderobsess I do. And his name is Thabeet, noth tha-beet
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 21:55:07
Hey ou_sas.  Don't think I don't see you rubbing your hands together over there.
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 21:55:25
@Old Man Game your wrong
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 21:56:03
@DennisBerry o yea i remember that haha
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 21:56:39
 @ThunderChick2010 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MlSz55ZBxOk/T3OTOkK1VXI/AAAAAAAAA3o/bPQTSt7gdmI/s170/birdman-rapper-rubbing-hands.gif
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 21:57:18
 @ThunderChick2010 http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lsehggbH1h1qkh195.gif
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 21:58:21
 @DennisBerry  Perfect!  Except I can't picture him looking anything like that.  :)
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 21:58:59
 @ThunderChick2010 Please, OU_SAS get yo' shine on pleighboi!
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 22:00:31
@EatSleepThunder i knw its thabeet but i just think in the season he is gona surprise alot of people there gona say tha-beet is on
EatSleepThunder
2012-09-12 22:02:34
I don't know why, but I have this weird feeling that someone just made that account to annoy ou_sas... I know I'm probably wrong but I just have that feelin'
El Prez
2012-09-12 22:04:19
 @Old Man Game Not that I disagree with you, but there's something loveable about Tremel at the end of the day.  It's hard not to like the guy. I crack up when he and Blevins are trying to talk NBA on the Sports Animal. i've almost had several wrecks from laughing too hard when those two try and talk serious about the NBA. Tremel reminds me of Barney Fife somewhat, and Blevins reminds me of the William Hurt character in Broadcast News. They slay me, which might not be good because I don't think they're trying to be funny.
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:04:57
 @ThunderChick2010 *cracks knuckles* Let's get to work.
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:07:32
 @thunderobsess Did you guys go to sleep already or am I just boring? Anyway, I've been reading your comments all the time. I didn't know how to sign up but that's history now. I must say that Thunder fans are some of the most intelligent basketball fans though.   /fix'd
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 22:07:56
I just not too long ago move from jamaica to jersey and i have directv wat channel i can watch thunder games on, anybody?
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:08:53
 @thunderobsess  @persiansooner13 He will get amnestied but probably come back.   /fix'd   /waitwhat?
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:10:45
 @thunderobsess Does anybody have faith in Thabeet this season because I think that he just never got the right development program?   /fix'd   I'm interested in seeing how he manages to progress, but given the Thunder's track record with big men, I'm not sure we'll be the right place to develop him.
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:11:07
 @thunderobsess  @Old You're wrong.   /fix'd
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:11:53
I mean . . . dont think i do'nt see u rubbing you're hands together over their
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:12:18
 @thunderobsess  @EatSleepThunder I know it's Thabeet but I just think that in the season he is gonna surprise a lot of people - they're gonna say Tha-beet is on!   /fix'd
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:14:26
 @thunderobsess http://espn.go.com/nba/team/schedule/_/name/okc/seasontype/2/oklahoma-city-thunder For national games, check here. If you can manage to get Fox Sports Oklahoma, they should carry the rest. Otherwise, you're looking at shelling out for NBA League Pass or coming on here to pick up an online stream - we usually have 1 or 2 people post them for any given game.
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 22:15:21
I think a lineup of westbrook, durant, pj111, ibaka and thabeet wud b very effective for stretches against nash, kobe, artest, gasol and howard
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:16:49
 @thunderobsess If you're new to English, then just excuse us.  We're a little bored.  :)
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:17:30
 @EatSleepThunder @thunderobsess , I'd like to state that @ThunderChick2010 and booze are responsible for my corrections tonight. I'm not usually this... nitpicky.
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 22:19:24
@ThunderChick2010 u knw wat? I like you lol we speak english and broken english in jamaica
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 22:19:49
 @thunderobsess  @ThunderChick2010 We have no right to talk shit. We speak broken English in Oklahoma
Grolgar
2012-09-12 22:20:01
 @El Prez There are far worse sports writers than Tramel. He sometimes writes thoughtful articles and does research. There are far worse journalists if you're going to starting calling journalists out (see Carlson, Dean Blevins, Traber, Eschbeck, and Dean Blevins again).
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:20:34
 @DennisBerry  @thunderobsess I'm a little worried now, because I almost typed the exact same thing as DennisBerry.
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 22:21:29
 @ThunderChick2010  @thunderobsess Word? On my way to Garland, TX now to scoop you up and propose
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 22:21:39
@ou_sas ok i found fx oklahonma but does it blocked out in jersey or not, if u knw
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 22:21:52
@ThunderChick2010 u knw wat? I like you lol we speak english and broken english in jamaica
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:23:59
 @DennisBerry  @thunderobsess Except I'm allegedly already married with three virtual children . . .
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:24:04
 @thunderobsess  @ou_sas I don't, unfortunately. But all of the non-national games should be there. (Even some of the national games will get broadcast in both places at once).
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:26:19
 @thunderobsess @tricia_status (or whatever her Perk-themed name change is at the moment, I forget) lives up in Brooklyn, so she might be able to better answer your question.
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 22:27:03
@DennisBerry @ThunderChick2010 dnt let me charles barkley yall
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 22:28:53
 @thunderobsess Do you have a sister?
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 22:29:56
We need to get a real message board., Livefyre sucks when it doesn't your reply directly under the comment you're replying to, it ruins the continuity of the whole thing. C'mon Royce, you can make a free one using yuku.com or any number of hosts
bmuelle21
2012-09-12 22:30:02
If we re-sign harden with his history this summer I think I'm going to open a strip club in OKC called HARDONS and sign him on as the clubs main promote 
bmuelle21
2012-09-12 22:30:19
If we re-sign harden with his history this summer I think I'm going to open a strip club in OKC called HARDONS and sign him on as the clubs main promoter
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:32:58
 @bmuelle21 You'll be printing up those little cards after all!
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 22:33:07
 @bmuelle21 I assume it's going to have male dancers. The marketing and commercials write themselves.
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:34:05
 @bmuelle21 You stole Tronchaser's idea! D-:   /probablynot
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:34:45
 @ou_sas  @bmuelle21  /definitelynot
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:35:19
 @ThunderChick2010  @bmuelle21 Ha! Tricked you into revealing some information about Tronchaser's idea!   /notreally
bmuelle21
2012-09-12 22:35:46
 @DennisBerry I was going to go with female but yes I see your point lol
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:37:10
 @DennisBerry  @thunderobsess You talking to me or new guy?
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 22:37:23
When does harden inserted in the starting line up, next year or he and pj will hold it down
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 22:39:02
 @ThunderChick2010  @thunderobsess New guy. Jamaican women &gt; *
bmuelle21
2012-09-12 22:39:56
TC I'm going to need your email soon so I can send you those tickets btw
El Prez
2012-09-12 22:42:56
Dennis--quit being a dickhead. Of course the dancers are going to be female. bmuelle and I talked about using his legitimate business as a front for a strip club/brothel in Edmond at least a month ago. I didn't know he'd cum up with a name...but I can live with HARDONS. It's time OKC put this Sunday schoool charade away and start acting like a real NBA city. Hopefullly...bmuelle can bribe Edmond officials and avert all the bullshit which still plagues Valleybrook. It's long overdue that Edmond doesn't have a top tier strip club.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:43:03
 @bmuelle21  It's highly super-secret.  :)  Are you still something.something@osu.edu?
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 22:43:04
How do select a picture for my name guys?
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 22:43:54
How do i select a picture for my name guys?
bmuelle21
2012-09-12 22:44:29
 @ThunderChick2010 lol yup but idk when i'm actually going to have the tickets in my account yet
ou_sas
2012-09-12 22:45:01
 @thunderobsess I use twitter for my handle, so I can't help you on this one. :(
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 22:45:21
 @El Prez OKC has a lot of entries on rubmap.com so at least you can go get a dirty Asian massage
bmuelle21
2012-09-12 22:46:07
 @DennisBerry  @El Prez rubmap.com lmao i just looked that website up
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:46:32
 @thunderobsess Click on your name. When you see the livefyre screen, click on Account, then Settings. You will see a place to browse to a picture for your avatar.
bmuelle21
2012-09-12 22:46:48
 @ThunderChick2010 you know its @okstate right not @osu. 
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 22:48:42
 @bmuelle21  @El Prez http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/kobe-youre-welcome.gif
El Prez
2012-09-12 22:50:14
I wasn't calling anybody out. I said he's loveable.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:51:05
 @El Prez  Or at least not hateable, right?  :)
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 22:52:20
@ThunderChick2010 i did but all i see is a my name and all that, i see a link that says click here to clear your avatar
El Prez
2012-09-12 22:54:04
Damn...you know me better than i know me. This starting to freak me out...somewhat.  What's 'our' favorite color? Favorite month of the year?
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:56:25
 @thunderobsess  @ThunderChick2010 Okay, go ahead and click that.  (It won't hurt anything.)  You should see Browse, so if you have a picture saved in My Pictures on your computer . . . you can browse to it and double-click.  Then you should see the file information for that pic show up in the box next to Browse.  Be sure to click the Update button near the bottom of the screen to save your changes.   Even after you do this, you will probably need to sign out and sign back in for your new avatar to appear. 
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:57:34
 @thunderobsess  @ThunderChick2010  This is not for you, El Prez.  You need to keep Pacino.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 22:58:57
 @El Prez Thunder-blue and November, of course.
El Prez
2012-09-12 23:03:18
I agree. I accidently clicked his like button. I actually look like a cross between Pacino and Billy Joel....so the Pacino pic is very much in my wheelhouse. My agent agrees and told me to nix the Lt. Aldo Raine avatar pic caper. He said it would weaken the El Prez brand and that would be marketing counterproductive with Between the Sheets: Confessions of an Internet Guru  being released in December.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:03:39
 @El Prez  But you look good in gold too . . .
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:04:42
@ThunderChick2010 o dam i have a cell fone a metro 4g so i might have to go get a computer
Tequila or Failure
2012-09-12 23:06:09
@El Prez Guys, as someone who's lived &amp; traveled all over the US since I left OK almost a decade ago, I can assure you that there's no such thing as a 'top tier' strip club in OK. Between the nipple pasties (still doing that I presume?), 3.2 beer &amp; overwhelming police presence, y'all ought to be lookin elsewhere to get into the strip club business.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:08:03
 @Tequila or Failure  @El  Gasp . . . are you the poster formerly known as Loosesluggage and Wanderer?
El Prez
2012-09-12 23:08:46
Who would I rather spend time with on deserted Bahamian islandor ...Kate Upton, Kate Beckinsale or Katie Couric? Trick question.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:11:16
 @El Prez Gee . . . I didn't know there was going to be a quiz.  I know the first two Kates are a go--not sure about Couric.  I guess it depends on her nose, which I think is fine.  So, my final answer is All of the Above--and, most likely, simultaneously.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:13:26
 @El Prez I got a pretty big kick out of introducing ElMexi to the Piano Man a few weeks ago . . . until he made a smart remark about how OLD he was.
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:14:06
@ThunderChick2010 ok i think i can do it on my fone but its kinda complicated but ill figure it out thank you
El Prez
2012-09-12 23:15:07
 @ThunderChick2010 You nailed it. All three simultaneously. A Katie threesome. Katie Upton for her playfulness. Katie Beckinsale for her stunning natural beauty. And Katie Couric for despising Cheney and his puppet W even more than i do. You're me---only without a penis.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:15:23
 @thunderobsess  @ThunderChick2010 EatSleepThunder and cleandoe are already asleep--past their bedtimes apparently--but they could probably be more help.
Tequila or Failure
2012-09-12 23:18:59
@ThunderChick2010 @El Damn TC, nice recollection abilities. Wanderer yes, loose luggage no.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:19:54
 @El Prez We almost made it through the night without the p-word . . .   Not sure if I got the color and month right, but here are all the answers to the questions you're getting ready to ask: 54, Libra, San Diego, Michael Buble, at least an 8, and you don't wear the shirt.  :)
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-12 23:24:27
 @bmuelle21 where have you been? lol
El Prez
2012-09-12 23:24:42
TC...you're like the J Edgar Hoover of the Daily Thunder. This data bank you posess is stunning.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:24:54
 @Tequila or Failure  @ThunderChick2010  @El I thought those two were one-and-the-same.  Okay, I have a surprisingly good memory for stuff like that considering how forgetful I can be sometimes in real life.  :)
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:28:14
 @El Prez  Thanks, I think.  Good memory is as much a curse as a blessing though.  Did you see above . . . I just recalled a comment from about six months ago and identified a poster who used to go by another screen name.  If memory serves, he was the guy who talked movies with you one night before I joined in.
DennisBerry
2012-09-12 23:28:45
 @Tequila or Failure  @El What about Little Darlings?
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:29:19
 @El Prez  Btw . . . we remember what we want to remember.  :)
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:30:39
Ok
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:31:08
Ok
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-12 23:31:47
 @ou_sas  @thunderobsess bummmmmbaclooooot!!   we have a yardie on the thread!   I'll let you know what channels when i found out. 
El Prez
2012-09-12 23:33:49
 @DennisBerry  @Tequila or Failure  @El Valleybrook mafia. No way.
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-12 23:35:21
    @thunderobsess  ...nuh listen to @DennisBerry ...him too fool fool.
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:35:48
rrr
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-12 23:40:49
How fantastic would it be if the Heat dont even make it to the finals. Like they get ousta in the eastern conference finals or something. 
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-12 23:41:02
ousted*
ou_sas
2012-09-12 23:41:52
 @Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless It could happen with injuries. Definitely not out of the realm of possibilities. Just not seeing anyone in the east, besides maybe - maybe! - Boston who could present enough of a challenge at the moment.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:42:33
 @ou_sas  @Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless  I like Boston.
El Prez
2012-09-12 23:42:41
 @ThunderChick2010 You're exactly right. He and I were talking about Gran Torino and then he dissed for me having Goodwill Hunting in my Top 10. We do remember what we want to remember. Or you could be a covert mod/spy on here and you saw his registration info.You would be a stunning Russian spy.
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-12 23:43:55
 @ThunderChick2010  @ou_sas I believe in Jesus...but not Shuttlesworth. He's great but not like the final piece the Heat needed to make them no question the winners next season. Thats just me.
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:44:09
@Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless believe it or not the knicks will be a problem, gauranteed
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-12 23:44:46
 @thunderobsess  @Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless You're a typical Jamaican LOL...all Jamaicans believe in the Knicks. 
ou_sas
2012-09-12 23:45:45
 @Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless  @ThunderChick2010 Rayray is going to get 10-15 minutes, he's going to end up a spot player, most likely (after all, Spo's not Coach Brooks). That said, in looking through the east at the moment, I'm just not sure who could challenge them straight up. 
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:46:07
Belive it or not the knicks will b a problem for the heat n boston
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:48:26
 @El Prez  Here's why I really remember.  It was the comment about the "overwhelming police presence" which at the time I thought (rather self-righteously) that one wouldn't know this unless one was up to no good.  Well . . . in the meantime, I got stopped by the police TWICE in the span of about three months--once for not taking the right lane after a right turn and once because I left my fog lights on in town (after driving on the turnpike in the fog).  I've NEVER had an accident or ticket in all the years I've been driving . . . got verbal warnings both of these times.  So, these incidents made me recall his police-presence comment and mentally check myself.  True story.
OBoymuzik
2012-09-12 23:49:19
 @thunderobsess not
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-12 23:49:29
 @thunderobsess &lt;--- Again...all Jamaicans believe in the Knicks. They also believe they are going to win a championship...every year.   LOL...i'm allowed to say that because i'm half... the other half provides me with the balance I need to know that i'm insane to think the Knicks are going to win a championship.
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:51:57
@Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless lol no but stoudemire is good with melo now that they have a full training camp, plus they have the best frontline in stoudemire, melo and chandler
ou_sas
2012-09-12 23:52:56
 @thunderobsess  @Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless What, don't you believe in KD, Serge and Perk?
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:54:45
@OBoymuzik i knw ur interlligent and knw basketball, the heat cnt handle knicks cuz lebron will guard melo and who take stat
OBoymuzik
2012-09-12 23:55:44
 @thunderobsess  @OBoymuzik raymond felton is their point guard.    case closed   nothing to see here. 
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:56:18
@ou_sas @Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless serge and kd yes but not perk he cnt score to save his life
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-12 23:56:31
 @OBoymuzik  @thunderobsess  I love you for being interlligent.
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-12 23:56:38
 @OBoymuzik  @thunderobsess LOL see what I mean?   Yo Knicks is probably 4th in the East tops.     
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:56:39
@Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless lol no but stoudemire is good with melo now that they have a full training camp, plus they have the best frontline in stoudemire, melo and chandler
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:58:01
@ThunderChick2010 @OBoymuzik lol i m
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:58:32
@ThunderChick2010 @OBoymuzik lol i mess that up
thunderobsess
2012-09-12 23:59:41
@OBoymuzik i dnt knw wat basketball u watch but felton is good
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-12 23:59:58
 @thunderobsess  @Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless They do have a great front line...and DWI Kidd at the point...   Still...they just top 4 ...they do have better big men than the Heat. The problem is...they are the Knicks. Thats it...they will not win a chip until Patrick Ewing stops breathing. They shouldve NEVER traded him to Seattle...   ...wait.. LOL 
El Prez
2012-09-13 00:02:13
That's all good and well, but in my mind...you're Natasha. ...and I'm Yuri.
OBoymuzik
2012-09-13 00:03:51
 @ThunderChick2010  not liked because you're catching up. 
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 00:05:02
 @El Prez And in my mind, you're crazy and I'm even crazier for marrying you.  hahaha . . . gotta go . . . Good night!
bmuelle21
2012-09-13 00:09:25
 @Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless school lol
ou_sas
2012-09-13 00:10:54
Sorry TC, but I'm changing my avatar.
bmuelle21
2012-09-13 00:11:12
 @Tequila or Failure  @El I can tell you they aren't doing the nipple pasties in stillwater's strip club... thats what I've been told..  
bmuelle21
2012-09-13 00:11:59
 @ou_sas to the okstate logo?
ou_sas
2012-09-13 00:12:33
 @bmuelle21 ....not quite. Hit refresh.
thunderobsess
2012-09-13 00:17:08
@ou_sas i want a avatar its killin me
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 00:27:21
 @ou_sas  ???  You in your sasquatch days? (They say it's easier to apologize than to ask permission.)  
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 00:29:34
 @ou_sas  booze?
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 00:33:09
 @OBoymuzik Same goes for you.  You're like my LeBron--a friend who's a competitor and (for the moment) a little ahead of me in the stats.  I bet you wear a headband too . . .
OBoymuzik
2012-09-13 00:44:53
 @ThunderChick2010 no no no no no no. i'm leading in points, which is the equivalent to the scoring champ. So i'm KD and your Kobe.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 01:03:39
 @OBoymuzik  But I don't wanna be Kobe . . .
Jooseppi
2012-09-13 03:17:58
 @thunderobsess  @OBoymuzik Fortunately, Amare guards himself pretty well. And Felton will help guard him, too. 
MrRaysian
2012-09-13 05:28:39
I've been coaching 16, 15 year olds for the last few months and we're finally starting to be a winning team but the other day i got an complaint from a kid's mum saying i'm pushing them too much. I need advice what should i do
OkcBaby
2012-09-13 05:39:08
 @MrRaysian Take her kid to the side and ask him if you are.  Then assess it from there
Old Man Game
2012-09-13 07:06:33
 @OkcBaby  @MrRaysian Definitely do not do this. A 15 year old speaking privately with the coach isn't going to tell you what he/she really believes. You might as well just call him a pussy in front of the rest of the team. 
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 07:12:07
 @MrRaysian ARE you pushing them "too much"?  Is winning coming at the expense of anyone's physical or mental well-being?  If you can answer No to both of those, I'd ignore the complaint and somehow work in some positive talks with the group about how their had work is starting to pay off.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 07:13:02
 @MrRaysian   ARE you pushing them "too much"?  Is winning coming at the expense of anyone's physical or mental well-being?  If you can answer No to both of those, I'd ignore the complaint and somehow work in some positive talks with the group about how their hard work is starting to pay off.
OkcBaby
2012-09-13 07:21:17
 @Old Man Game  @MrRaysian You wouldnt do it in front of everyone hahaha
thunderobsess
2012-09-13 07:41:25
@MrRaysian hard work eventualy pays off
Old Man Game
2012-09-13 07:42:12
 @OkcBaby  @MrRaysian No I don't think it would work even if you went to the kid privately. If anything it might just make it more awkward for the kid. 
thunderobsess
2012-09-13 07:46:33
Anybody optimistic about perry jones, cuz i think hes the best talent from this years draft
ou_sas
2012-09-13 07:56:57
 @ThunderChick2010 Yup! :)
ou_sas
2012-09-13 07:57:55
 @ThunderChick2010 No! Well, not much. I only had the one glass. But I was just getting tired of the old one, so I figured it was time for a change.
ou_sas
2012-09-13 08:02:09
 @thunderobsess A lot of us are optimistic about Jones, we're just all tempering it because we know Brooks' propensity to stick to his rotations. 
thunderobsess
2012-09-13 08:09:18
@ou_sas well he better play him bcuz from i undertand after extensive profile on pj and the words that come out of his mouth at the predraft workout, the guy was basicaly bored with the level of competion, thats y he was inconsistent
Lasers
2012-09-13 08:19:40
 @Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless I'm excited to see what Philly can do
Lasers
2012-09-13 08:23:33
 @thunderobsess 'cept the Brow of course.. dude's gonna be great
cemitten
2012-09-13 08:33:00
 @OBoymuzik  You're   /ousas'd
ThunderBelize
2012-09-13 08:34:25
 @Lasers  @Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless I think any one of BOS, NY, BRK, CHI, PHI, IND and (maybe a stretch) ATL have a legit shot at taking down the HEAT.    My question mark comes from whether those teams are capable of bringing their 'A' game come April/May
ThunderBelize
2012-09-13 08:36:39
Okay POLL Time people:   If you were in the NY area, would you: a) Go watch a Knicks vs Detroit Game AT the MSG? b) Go over to Philly for a OKC @ PHI match-up?  c) Go to a Nets game to see the shiny new stadium?   Sound off...
thunderobsess
2012-09-13 08:40:08
@Lasers excuse me, davis is overhyped
thunderobsess
2012-09-13 08:41:56
@ThunderBelize okc @ philly
thunderobsess
2012-09-13 08:45:55
@Lasers excuse me, davis is overhyped
thunderobsess
2012-09-13 08:49:27
Perry jones has more potentail than davis, hes taller, weigh more, more athletic and faster, davis was guarding pj in the paint and they had to send terrence jones to help lol
ou_sas
2012-09-13 08:51:31
 @ThunderBelize Couple of questions: 1) Have you been to a Thunder game in person before? If not, go to that one. 2) Have you been to MSG before? Might want to do that if you get past question 1. Don't know about ticket prices for all 3 events, but it'll be expensive.
thunderobsess
2012-09-13 08:54:55
There was a poll on nba tv about who will win rookie of the year and davis get most most of the votes, that is nonsense cuz u cnt win roy by grabing rebounds and block a few shots
ou_sas
2012-09-13 09:00:03
 @thunderobsess The problem with Jones for any RoY discussion will be the two players in front of him. He's not playing ahead of KD at the 3, and he's not playing ahead of Serge at the 4. That'll make it hard for him to get the playing time to show off. Most RoYs are on bad teams. That's why there's a predisposition towards Davis or MKG.
ThunderBelize
2012-09-13 09:00:23
 @ou_sas I saw OKC beat DAL in game 4 this past year. Never been to MSG and the only game that I am presently priced out of is OKC @ BOS, hence it was not an option... The other 3 I can manage, though admittedly MSG would be more for experience than quality of seats.
thunderobsess
2012-09-13 09:04:07
@ou_sas i knw that but i wasnt making the case for perry being roy, am just saying hes way more talented than davis and yes mkg might get roy
ou_sas
2012-09-13 09:08:22
 @thunderobsess  @ou_sas I knew you weren't. The problem is that he and MKG might be the only rookies I'd take pre-season to be on the same talent level and capable of having a similar impact their first year. Now, some other guys might emerge throughout the season, but at the moment, there's just not a good selection - to me, at least.
ou_sas
2012-09-13 09:09:25
 @ThunderBelize That's kind of what I meant by looking at MSG. It's kind of a bucket list thing, like seeing a game at Wrigley Field or something.
ThunderBelize
2012-09-13 09:13:27
 @ou_sas Yeah... hmmm... still no closer to making a decision... :-)
thunderobsess
2012-09-13 09:14:10
@ou_sas fair enough but i just dnt see davis getting it, hes not gona have a high shooting percentage nor racking up assist, at the possition he playng hes gona suffer mightily at the power forward or center spot his first year in the nba
Lasers
2012-09-13 09:25:26
 @thunderobsess  @Lasers nah, he's just really really good
Tronchaser
2012-09-13 10:11:01
 @ou_sas  @ThunderBelize I got to play catch on Wrigley field..  definitely bucket list stuff.
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-13 10:15:35
 @ThunderBelize  @ou_sas Which Nets game?
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-13 10:16:27
 @Lasers  @thunderobsess I need to see him play a game in the NBA before I make a judgement.
ou_sas
2012-09-13 10:17:19
 @Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless  @Lasers  @thunderobsess co-sign, 100%
Trish_WeTalkinBoutPRACTICE_Bayless
2012-09-13 10:17:24
 @MrRaysian Wait ...we talkin 'bout practice? or a game.   LOL
cleandoe
2012-09-13 10:34:44
 @Allen Iverson  @thunderobsess  or if I'm online. I make stuff happen. Have you noticed that it's never quiet when I'm here   #notacoincidence
ou_sas
2012-09-13 10:36:23
I really, really want someone to make a Russell Westbrook mix to AC/DC's "Shoot to Thrill".
cleandoe
2012-09-13 10:46:03
 @ou_sas  Boo!
Jax Raging Bile Duct
2012-09-13 10:48:02
http://dailythunder.com/2012/09/thursday-bolts-9-13-12/
ou_sas
2012-09-13 10:48:12
 @cleandoe lol, don't like the new one?
cleandoe
2012-09-13 10:49:43
 @ou_sas  Not as much :(
ou_sas
2012-09-13 10:51:34
 @cleandoe Well, at least you have seen some of the few pictures that exist of me back when sas really did stand for sasquatch.   Though my mum preferred to refer to me as Hagrid, due to my size and affinity for wearing a large trenchcoat (you'd be surprised what you can carry in a good trenchcoat's pockets!).
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 12:00:59
 @ou_sas  @cleandoe  I LIKE it . . . but I can see how it wouldn't be quite rainbow enough for some.  :)
ou_sas
2012-09-13 12:01:59
 @ThunderChick2010  @cleandoe It's not like my color scheme was crucial to his rainbow, anyways. The brightness of your All Dae was much better than the subdued red that my fourth doctor avatar had.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 15:51:57
 @ou_sas  @cleandoe  Does anyone else want to run their fingers through that hair?  :)  Run if El Prez or DB answers in the affirmative.  Run fast.
ou_sas
2012-09-13 16:03:47
 @ThunderChick2010  @cleandoe Yeah, I will. Fortunately, (or unfortunately) it's much shorter now, so that solves that problem.   My hair, when long, is super curly too. I used to be able to stretch it out an extra couple of inches beyond that. I don't know if you can see on that picture just how curly it gets.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 16:09:54
 @ou_sas  @cleandoe  I can see.  If only cleandoe could see those curls too . . .  :)  I got the whole naturally-curly gene too, although I typical straighten these days.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 16:14:11
 @ou_sas  @cleandoe  It just occurred to me that Jax has also claimed to have had (curly?) Jesus-hair at some point.  You're really Jax, aren't you . . . an alter-ego of an alter-ego?  It's all becoming so clear now . . .
ou_sas
2012-09-13 16:28:44
 @ThunderChick2010  @cleandoe I had a couple of female friends who were so enchanted with the long hair that they tried to get me to straighten it too.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 16:28:55
 @ou_sas  @cleandoe  And now I'll quit talking about your hair . . . before this starts to sound internet-creepy.  :)
ou_sas
2012-09-13 16:31:36
 @ThunderChick2010  @cleandoe Lol, it's fine. Most people, when they meet me in real life, can't picture me with long hair. It's pretty funny, actually.
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-13 17:33:15
 @ou_sas  @cleandoe Okay, just one more question . . . why'd you cut it?  wife? job? just time for a change?  And btw, it's odd that your avatar still shows us as the old one as a 'like' in this thread, but the new one as a post.  Livefyre . . .
ou_sas
2012-09-13 18:29:51
 @ThunderChick2010  @cleandoe I take after my father in looks a lot and so I was thinning out on top. My wife made a suggestion that I might look better with short hair. I was in law school at the time and kind of realized that I might want a slightly more professional look... so kind of a combination of all three? I mean, I grew it out in college because I figured it was the only time in my life when I could do that and not suffer any repercussions for it. I knew it would come to an end sooner or later.   Just like names, sometimes it takes Livefyre a while to update. Though if you hit refresh it should take care of it.
MrRaysian
2012-09-13 19:41:02
 @ThunderChick2010 well my practices aren't exactly "fun" since I take most of the time doing fundamental drills. It's not the most exciting this you''d be doing playing basketball but it's absolutely necessary in my view. And I did ask at the start if everyone want's to win or just play basketball, and they told me they want to win... but i guess  i should do less running and add more of a 3v3 type thing
ou_sas
2012-09-13 21:05:16
 @MrRaysian  @ThunderChick2010 If it's basketball drills and not just 90 minutes of suicides, you should be okay, I'd have thought. Just a sensitive mother. Though maybe some 3 on 3 or knockout could help.
JeremyBrewer
2012-09-25 12:04:13
 @ThunderBelize Philly is an hour and a half by train. Thunder.  
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