According to multiple outlets, a deal was reached in principle at around 3 a.m. ET. The season will begin Christmas Day. HOW U.
Best KD commercial ever? Best KD commercial ever. KD doing his free throw shimmy with that old guy just killed me. And the fact they worked in a Love’s country store is just so Oklahoma.
The league and players will negotiate, sort of, today in New York City. It really will be more of a lawyer battle because of the lawsuits and disclaimer of interest stuff filed by the entity formerly known as the NBPA, but the fact there will be talking is an encouraging sign.
John Hollinger with player profiles for the Thunder: “While Westbrook is a magnet for criticism and Rose appears immune, their games are actually quite similar. Westbrook makes more turnovers but earns them back with more rebounds. In terms of shooting and passing they’re extremely similar. In fact, Westbrook’s PER (23.63) and Rose’s (23.62) couldn’t be closer. The difference is that, aesthetically, Westbrook leaves a lot more to be desired. The end result may be the same, but Westbrook’s mistakes are more visibly frustrating — his shot selection is questionable, he has no in-between game (he was the third-worst shooter in the league from 3 to 9 feet, at just 26.6 percent), and his game comes across as more selfish. If he fixes these shortcomings he’s first-team all-world, but last May was pretty rough on the eyes.” Keep Reading…
Happy Thanksgiving everybody. What are you thankful for? Hopefully in a couple weeks we can all say an NBA season.
Give thanks everyone. Give thanks.
Jeff Green told the Boston Herald that he thinks Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sort of overshadowed him and therefore didn’t allow the world to see his full cupboard of talent. And even added an (expletive) for emphasis.
“Yeah, man, you know a lot of people don’t know what I can really do,” he said. “In Oklahoma, I was kind of overshadowed by Kevin (Durant) and the way Russell (Westbrook) picked up, but, excuse my language, I can really (expletive) play. I can really play this game, man.”
So let’s evaluate these comments. Can Jeff Green really (expletive) play? If we’re talking about professional basketball, then I think he might need to take a step back.
Look, Jeff Green’s a really good basketball player. Versatile, skilled, athletic, smart — he’s got a ton of tools. He’s just perpetually caught in between positions. So much that it might put his success and career in the NBA in jeopardy. It’s one thing to be a really good player, but if you don’t have a place on the floor and therefore a role, what value do you have to a team? You have to be able to fill a need and spot. You have to produce. And while that has everything to do with your ability to really (expletive) play, it also kind of has nothing to do with, if you know what I mean. Keep Reading…
Kendrick Perkins surfaced over the weekend to play in Rajon Rondo’s charity game in Boston. It’s really the first time Perk has made a public appearance since his summer issues where he was arrested in an alleged barfight thing.
But in the game, he got the ball on the perimeter and went to work. He’s looking extremely fit and trim already, but that handle and first step were looking mighty fine. Until he lost it. And then Marquis Daniels just kind of let him go around for a dunk. Not things we’ll actually see in a game hopefully, but at least Perk appears to have most of his legs back.
After the jump, a few more Perk highlights: Keep Reading…
The Basketball Jones put some photos of their time in OKC on Facebook. Check ’em out!
Royce takes a look at Kevin Durant’s lockout travels: “There’s a pretty good chance you saw Kevin Durant play some kind of sport this offseason. Which should be a little weird since A) the NBA is locked out and B) he’s a basketball player. But Durant had to get his sporting fix somehow. XBox just wasn’t cutting it anymore, I guess.Besides playing in basically every basketball event he could, including your Saturday morning rec league (probably), he even went and played flag football with a Twitter follower. I guess the question is: What’s next? Golf? Dodgeball? Wall-ball after school behind the playground? As long as there’s no NBA season, there’s really no telling where he might show up next. Maybe Germany. Maybe Israel. Maybe your driveway. If you bounce it, he will come. Or something like that.” Keep Reading…