Sporting News named their All-Decade team in their last issue and Kevin Durant was on the first team. As was Joakim Noah, over Blake Griffin, Shane Battier and Dwyane Wade. Hmm.
Shaun Powell of NBA.com says this is a make or break year for Greg Oden: “Can you imagine that, two years removed from a no-brainer draft decision, there are rumblings the Trail Blazers should’ve taken Kevin Durant instead? That says plenty about Durant, but also something about Oden, raw and hardly the impact player many expected him to be. Big men develop slowly, and Oden did suffer leg injuries, so patience, please. Still, Oden can make everyone in Portland exhale if he learns a pet move, elevates himself to third option on offense and grabs more than seven rebounds a game. Is that asking too much too soon? No, it isn’t.”
Real GM “honestly appraises” OKC’s championship chances: “Presti is manning an enviable battleship, easily one of the three or four best long-term outlooks in the NBA, but he still has a lot of work left and cannot simply set this current core out into orbit and expect a title to automatically return.” There’s a hefty amount of info about KD in there that’s pretty interesting.