- The NBA Finals
- How do the Thunder matchup with the Warriors?
- Most underrated Thunder players
- Donovan’s role in the draft
- Players we were excited OKC drafted
- The Lance Stephenson trade
- Our Fix a Franchise challenge
- What makes us miffed and peeved
Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com with a fascinating piece: “The star of the Finals so far is the player charged with guarding James: the Warriors’ Andre Iguodala. At a time of year when almost every player appears to be conserving energy, Iggy races the floor with abandon, relishing physical confrontations, like the chance to elevate and hammer-dunk over someone on the fast break. He’s also a player steeped in sports science, who has banned screens from his bedroom and wears a sleep monitor that feeds data to a laptop. His coach, Steve Kerr, deliberately benched Iguodala for games at a time during the season specifically so he’d have fresh legs at the end of the season. Part of the reason Kerr brought him off the bench was because the schedule demanded it.”
Darnell Mayberry on Myles Turner: “He needs to get stronger to hold his spot better in the paint. He must improve his lateral quickness and awareness so that he won’t be a liability when defending the pick and roll. And he’s got to develop a better post game, including his passing from the low block, to truly take advantage of his size and length. But with his worker’s mentality and business-like demeanor, Turner might have the makeup to tap into his potential and transform into a terrific big man.” Keep Reading…
The Thunder maybe, sort of, who knows, might have a promise with Cameron Payne, if you’re to believe some of the pre-draft buzz that circles the internet. Regardless of if they do or not, they like him. They brought him in for a private workout and with Payne’s stock soaring, he’s certainly a player if available, they’d consider at No. 14.
Here’s the book on the 6-foot-1 point guard from Murray State: He’s got great feel and instincts, can shoot a little, is left-handed, can create and pass, and can score from all over. The minuses are his size, his lack of strength, his average finishing ability at the rim and concerns of defense at the next level. Keep Reading…
Anthony Slater: “But the other side of that situation, what Lee has morphed in to, is also something the Thunder should recognize, particularly Mitch McGary. McGary and Lee are at completely different stages of their careers. Lee is the veteran who got benched. McGary is the up-and-comer trying to snare minutes from established guys like Nick Collison. But Lee’s current role on this championship-level Warriors team could prove to be a mirror image of what McGary’s will become on a loaded Thunder team next season.”
Darnell Mayberry on Cameron Payne: “As for the Thunder and its potential promise to Payne, well, Saturday might have quashed that rumor. Payne was in town as part of a private team workout, one he wouldn’t have needed to participate in had the Thunder already promised to select him if he’s still available with the 14th pick. Here’s what we do know: Payne has quickly transformed from dominating at a mid-major program to arguably the most intriguing player in this year’s draft class.” Keep Reading…
Weekend. Thank you for your support of Daily Thunder. Offfffffffseason.
With the Cavs enjoying their greatest moment ever with a Finals tied 2-2 going into Sunday’s huge Game 5, I figured we should take a minute to remember the greatest Cavalier ever.
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Kevin Durant on video games: “I never took it for granted that every copy of NBA 2K15 was going to have my face on it. 2k was a source for me to dream big as a kid; I felt like I was a part of the NBA by playing the game. And now, as a pro, it lets me enjoy being a kid again. I play the MyPark mode more than anything else now, but not as myself. I saw Kyrie Irving playing in there one time, and he had like a million people following him around. I was like, ‘Nah, I want to keep it low-key and play with my homeboys.’ I’ve told people who I was before, and a couple of guys didn’t believe me until I followed them on Instagram. Word does get around the park, though. It’s like our own little community.”
Darnell Mayberry on Justin Anderson: “As a chiseled 6-foot-6, 231-pound shooting guard, Anderson has ideal size and strength to be a menace on the defensive end. He combines those traits with jaw-dropping athleticism — he posted a 43-inch vertical jump at the NBA Draft Combine last month — and ample mental toughness and tenacity that makes him perfectly suited for being a prototypical stopper. Though he considers himself a natural shooting guard, Anderson thinks his size and athleticism will allow him to guard point guards, shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards.” Keep Reading…
$mall market, amirite?
According to Forbes’ 2015 list, Kevin Durant is the seventh richest athlete in the whole wide world, and the second richest basketball player behind only LeBron James.
Forbes has Durant pulling in $54.1 million last year, which comes from $19.1 million in salary and $35 million in endorsements.
The six in front of Durant: Floyd Mayweather ($300 million), Manny Pacquiao ($160 million), Cristiano Ronaldo ($79.6 million), Lionel Messi ($73.8 million), Roger Federer ($67 million) and LeBron ($64.8 million). Keep Reading…