Scoop Jackson has 12 things to watch in the NBA: “4. The non-trade/trade of Tyson Chandler: Either Jeff Bower is going to come off as the luckiest GM in the game or a licensed idiot. If the Hornets play themselves into “elite” conversation in the West by season’s end (and they’ve won 12 of their past 15 games) and upset either the Lakers or the Spurs in the playoffs, then Chandler’s failing his physical with Oklahoma City may be the biggest blessing-in-disguise in the NBA this season.”
The curious case of Earl Watson’s playing time: “That angle could be Watson is no longer in the plans. The Thunder came close to trading him at least once this season in a three-team deal that would have sent him to Charlotte back in January and would have brought Dallas’ Jerry Stackhouse to Oklahoma City. Watson, who is earning $6.2 million this season, would also be the team’s highest paid player next year at $6.6 million in the final year of his deal if he is not dealt this summer. A small piece of the puzzle could be that Watson is set to earn twice as much as Atkins next year and the team is evaluating whether Atkins, 34, can still be a full-time backup. Of Atkins’ $3.48 million salary for next season only $760,000 is guaranteed.” I think Darnell is on to something there.
I must say, I’m incredibly impressed by this. The best thing I could ever do on an Etch-A-Sketch was draw a box and write my name in it.
David Thorpe’s rookie watch: “Westbrook has stumbled a bit in March, making fewer than 40 percent of his shots while being on pace to take more shots than in any other month. And he’s not getting to the free-throw line nearly as often, either: He took 70 or more free throws in every month up to March (97 in February), but has just 44 attempts this month.”
I wanna be like Kevin. Russell Westbrook wore Durant’s KD1’s against the Lakers: “Against the Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook laced up a white/blue colorway of the Nike KD1. Although this color scheme is not as vivid and eye catching as Durant’s OG colorway (shown after the jump), Westbrook’s KD1 is still fresh. Is it better than the OG colors of the Nike KD1?” Keep Reading…