Nick from Euroleague Adventures joins Joel and Brad to get us ready for EuroBasket 2011 coming up in just a few days.
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KD’s movie will be shot in Baton Rouge, not OKC, partly because of the lockout: “Because of the lockout, as well as the small window before the start of the film’s production, the studio and other deal brokers were unable to communicate directly and effectively with key Thunder sponsors to gauge whether they’d be interested in supporting the movie. “With the NBA lockout,” Simpson said, “there are so many restrictions to what the NBA will allow and won’t allow that at the last minute we found out that some of the people we brought to the table would be unable to participate.”
Rob Peterson for ESPN.com on Serge Ibaka: “As Durant and Westbrook did with Team USA in its run to the 2010 world championship, Ibaka should gain invaluable experience that could help him turn OKC’s big two into a Great Plains version of the Big Three. Which, if you think about it, is a nice summer job if you can get it.” Keep Reading…
It’s Oklahoma City’s turn in ESPN.com’s series analyzing each team in the 5-on-5 format. Covered in it was if KD will be basketball’s best player at some point, if the Thunder have the 4 and 5 spots settled, if they’re the Western favorites, if Harden should start and naturally, if the Thunder should look at trading you-know-who.
Correct answers if you’re scoring at home: No you don’t trade Westbrook, LeBron’s still the best, yes the 4 and 5 are settled (as much as they can be for now), no the Thunder aren’t quite the Western favorites yet and finally yes, you start Harden. Would you look at that — I got all five right!
Have a look and make sure everyone points out at once that yes, in fact you CAN win a title with Perk as your center because, you know, it’s already been done.
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You probably already watched “State of Nate,” the new little web series featuring crap about Nate Robinson. Well now from the people that brought you “State of Nate” comes a new web series about everyone’s favorite hoopster. It’s not officially out yet, but enjoy a teaser to KD’s new web series, titled “35th Hour.”
How about some Friday trivia with absolutely no reward for the winner? Sounds awesome right? I’m totally ripping this off from TrueHoop brother Raptors Republic and while the Thunder doesn’t have nearly as many surprising answers as the Raptors, there are a few interesting notes to take out of this. Like do you know who actually led the Thunder in Offensive Rating last season? Wait, don’t answer that yet. That’s one of the questions.
So check out these 15 questions and then see if you got them right with the answers below. And if you got them all correct, just keep it to yourself because no one’s going to believe you anyway. Keep Reading…
Royal Ivey to Grantland: “Grantland: Complete this sentence: The Thunder would have beaten the Mavericks if … Ivey: “The Thunder would have beaten the Mavericks if it was 2013. It’s experience. Those guys have been there before. They tasted a little bit losing in ’06 against the Heat, and experience goes a long way. They got that savvy and they played with it. It was their year, and they won and went through everybody and they played well. That goes to show: Experience does win championships.”
The Smoking Section on KD and hip-hop: “This brings us back to Kevin Durant, who happens to regularly speak about music on his @KDTrey5 Twitter page and even appeared on Wale’s More About Nothing mixtape. Already widely considered a top five player in the league, and the world’s best scorer, KD’s visibility still trailed behind the likes of Kobe Byrant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. What a difference one summer can make. Durant seems to have adopted Hip Hop’s method of creating a buzz by releasing a maelstrom of viral videos that show him touring the world and hooping at different spots forming a genuine frenzy around his name. He’s not just a superstar seen on TV for a few months out of the year anymore. This guy could literally show up in your city, ball at your court and blend right in. As fans, we appreciate stuff like that. We love it, actually.” Keep Reading…
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com with an interesting column: “Better yet: If I were the players? I’d seize control of the bettering-the-game dialogue and become the lone voice in the wilderness talking about issues fans care about. Clearly, the average fan doesn’t want to hear about owners and players griping about money. But what if the players, as part of their September pro league in Las Vegas, convened a committee of All-Stars, mid-level players, Hall of Famers and other legends for a meeting of the minds on how to make the game better? It might result in some viable ideas, and would put the players in the position of discussing the game instead of their opposition to a hard cap and the elimination of guaranteed contracts.”
Remember ATDHE.net? Well the person doing it is facing serious jail time. Keep Reading…