There’s one thing that hasn’t changed in the four seasons the Thunder have been in Oklahoma City, and it remained unchanged after the Heat closed out the Thunder on Thursday. In so many stories assessing the Thunder’s past, present and future, there’s a phrase that’s somewhere along the lines of, “but the Thunder’s future is bright.”
It’s easy for lots of Thunder fans to feel differently today. It’s easy to give in to the reactionary emotions that come with disappointment. Let Scott Brooks go. Use the amnesty clause on Perk’s contract. See what you can get for James Harden. Package him and Serge Ibaka to get a big star. All of that and more has been floated by people who are hurting. It’s tempting to call it all garbage — because, on balance of the facts, that is all garbage — but it’s even easier to understand the mindset of a disappointed fan. So it can be let go.
That’s especially true because anyone who feels that way for very long is simply blinded by their own emotions, or wired in a way that makes it impossible for them to keep perspective when it comes to something they care about. Because anyone who watched the Thunder this season, and even during the disappointing final series of their playoff run, with an eye on the future, combined with an honest look at the present, would have seen what I saw. That future is as bright as has been described. Perhaps even brighter.
It was like staring into the face of the sun. The future of this organization, and of many of the shining stars within it, is as incandescent as it has ever been. Keep Reading…