Nick from Euroleague Adventures joins the guys from TGR to preview the upcoming tournament of REAL BASKETBALL.
Brad and Joel also cover some of the offseason/lockout events relating to the Thunder.
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The Goodman League topped the Drew League 135-134 in the highly anticipated pro-am showdown in Washington D.C. Saturday night. It came down to a controversial block/charge call that sent Kevin Durant to the free throw line where he calmly sank both to put the Goodman up one. Brandon Jennings missed a jumper with a few seconds left and Durant blocked James Harden’s follow-up to seal the win.
Harden wasn’t psyched about it after the game tweeting, “LoL did we get cheated??” KD responded, “NOOOO dont be like that…we gonna come to LA and get no calls so i dont matter.” Harden said, “hahha me and u both know that was a charge!” And then KD said, “U was moving and u flopped…it was all fun man don’t be on that…” And then they made a joke about it being just like training camp and the Broingtons were all best friends again. Or something.
All in all, a pretty fun night of pickup hoops during a time where any basketball at all is like manna from heaven.
And as you might expect, there were a bunch of quality plays. I mean, how could there not be in a game that featured Durant, Harden, Jennings, John Wall, Tyreke Evans, JaVale McGee, DeMar DeRozan and a couple streetball legends? But it mostly KD. Oh sweet goodness, KD.
Who: Goodman League vs. Drew League
Where: Trinity College, Washington D.C.
Time: 5:30 p.m. CT
Where to watch: Right here (stream costs $4.99)
GOODMAN ROSTER: Kevin Durant, John Wall, Ty Lawson, Gary Neal, Tyreke Evans, Michael Beasley, DeMarcus Cousins, Josh Selby, Sam Young, Donte Greene and from the And1 Tour Hugh Jones, Emmanuel Jones and Warren Jefferson.
DREW ROSTER: James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Nick Young, Dorrell Wright, Brandon Jennings, JaVale McGee, Craig Smith, Pooh Jeter, Bobby Brown (Aris BC), Marcus Williams, Kobe (maybe), Doug Thomas,
Good Saturday masses. Thank you for your support of DT. I’m counting to five and this lockout better be over.
KD’s 66 at Rucker has become something that has magically joined the early pages of his developing legacy. The way he walked onto the world’s most famous blacktop and lit it up with 66 points that included dropping five straight 3s, the last one coming from like 35 feet and stopping the game, pretty much blew everyone away. I don’t know if the 66 at Rucker will be something that in 15 years we’ll look back on and use when talking about KD’s greatness, but it certainly was a serious moment. The only reason I have a feeling it’ll be overlooked is because we’ll have 20 or 30 better moments to talk about. But for now, the Rucker 66 is pretty special.
Perk plead not guilty to his Texas charges: “Oklahoma City Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 30. According to documents released to The Associated Press on Thursday after an open records request, Perkins entered his plea by mail through attorney Langston Adams. He was arrested just after 2 a.m. Saturday in Beaumont, Texas, where an event for his charitable foundation was being held.”
Henry Abbott of TrueHoop on the league’s best finishers at the rim: “For instance, you can look up Kevin Durant, and then see how he finishes at the rim, from three to nine feet, from ten to fifteen feet, from fifteen to 23 feet, and from 3-point land. That can quickly get interesting. If you looked up that particular thing, for instance, you’d notice that Durant made 217 of his 281 attempts at the rim last season, for a mighty 77 percent. That seems high, right? How high?” Keep Reading…
Yeah, yeah, these games aren’t going to happen, but here you go anyway: The Thunder’s 2011 preseason schedule. It’s not like these things really mattered anyway. (All times Central.)
Oct. 12: at Utah, 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 14: vs. Charlotte, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 16: at Dallas, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 17: vs. New Orleans (in Wichita), 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 21: vs. Denver (in Tulsa), 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Phoenix, 5:00 p.m.
Oct. 27: vs. San Antonio, 7:00 p.m.
The Thunder is set to open the regular season on the road Nov. 1 in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
A report says Daequan Cook is being pursued by a Spanish team. Of course he’s a restricted free agent but the Thunder did extend him a qualifying offer. The Spanish team evidently wants him for the entire season with no NBA opt-out.
Trey Kerby of TBJ lists 10 frontcourt players on the verge: “Ibaka is straight-up shredded and seems to be made of only muscle. Kudos. One thing that’s undeniable about Serge is his ability to reject opposing players. In a mere 27 minutes per game last season, Ibaka led the league in total blocks (198) and finished third in blocks per game (2.4). He’s simply a machine, and when he gets starter minutes he’ll be the most intimidating post defender not named Dwight Howard.” Keep Reading…