First off, a big happy birthday to my wife who is celebrating her golden birthday today. I got her a game worn Robert Swift jersey. She’ll love it, right?
- Jeff Green says he called bank on Wednesday’s game-winner: “SLAM: Did you call ‘bank’ on your game-winner? Jeff Green: (Laughs). Yup. SLAM: You did? JG: Yup.” Be sure to read on to see a good interview with Russell Westbrook too.
- Excellent lengthy feature by Chris Colston of USA Today on Oklahoma City and the ride that is professional basketball: To some, this game might be a meaningless blip in the NBA’s 1,230-game regular season. But inside Ford Center on Sunday, it doesn’t feel that way. Overhead speakers rumble with recorded thunder, and nearly all game the pale-blue-clad crowd roars when the home team scores. It’s Oklahoma City’s ninth sellout in 23 games — and third in its last four. Even with the NFL conference championship games on TV, the upper deck is packed, going we-just-won-the-NBA Finals crazy when team star Kevin Durant hit a three-pointer to cut the Miami Heat’s lead to five with 9:44 left” The best quote from the piece came from David Stern – “I can’t imagine any scenario where that franchise would leave Oklahoma City.”
- What’s that you hear Washington? That’s right, it’s Thunder: “Once the ball banked off the glass and through the hoop, I immediately thought to myself that the Thunder could actually enter the all-star break with a better record than Washington. It seemed impossible at the end of 2008, but the Thunder is playing better basketball than the Wizards right now and its schedule between now and the all-star break is slightly softer.”
- Really interesting thinking here by Shoals about alley-oops: “Maybe we’re putting the heads ahead of the other heads. But remember, the dunk itself was once thought of as useless tomfoolery. Now, most people would agree that relatively sane dunking is the easiest way to ensure the ball goes through the hoop. The paradox of progress is that imagination is always linked to style, and yet it also provides the seed for innovation that changes the face of function. Think about the way the Suns or Warriors use to alter the dimensions of the court (scrapped book idea: using advanced physics to prove this), all through a mode of play dripping with style. Is a team like the Magic or Hornets this close to another great, sustained breakthrough?”