The Thunder had the annual Blue/White scrimmage at Westmoore High School on Sunday and while not overly special happened within the game, there was a whole lot of special going on outside of it.
(Favorite part: The kid the high fives KD at the end hitting his friend saying “Shut the f— up!” Remember: This is on the team’s official YouTube account.)
After the jump is another video, this one being Scott Brooks giving a little pregame speech: Keep Reading…
Tom Ziller of SB Nation on pure scoring: “Similarly, the concept of a “pure scorer” is a little mystifying. What is purity? An absence of contaminants. In human terms, a contaminant would be something something immoral or, less harshly, lacking in the department of moral norms. Basically, to be pure is to successfully live up to the ideal, whatever it may be. In measuring purity in basketball, the ideal point guard would be one who sets up teammates and doesn’t take too many shots himself. So measuring it is pretty straightforward: assists are pure, shots are impure. Translate that to the concept of the pure scorer, and it’s trickier. What makes a scorer pure? Well, by our standard definition of purity, it’d be the absence of all that is not scoring. So that would mean assists, and if you wanted to stretch it out, also perhaps rebounding and defense. In the end, by defining the “pure scorer” in this way, you’re also defining the “one-dimensional ballhog.” That doesn’t sound as nice, does it?”
Darnell Mayberry on Durant’s minutes: “It’s worth noting that before the 2004-05 season, 11 of 13 NBA champions had players log at least 3,000 minutes. So reaching that mark isn’t some sort of death sentence. But the current nine-year trend does suggest, among other things, that players need rest (and in many cases strong supporting casts to get it). Limiting minutes is one way to ensure players get ample rest throughout a grueling 82-game season. Taking games off and missing contests because of injury plays a part as well. But that speaks to the larger point. Regardless of the reason, players are receiving rest. Yet even in a season in which the Thunder won 60 games and posted an eye-popping 9.2 average point differential, the Thunder still played Durant 38.5 minutes per game last season.” Keep Reading…
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“I probably play games more than I practice.” — Kevin Durant
Via NewsOK.com, Kendrick Perkins’ attorney released a statement for his client on Friday claiming Perk is innocent in the reported altercation that happened Houston in July.
“Kendrick Perkins did nothing wrong, and I am confident that he will be exonerated,” said Matt Hennessy of DeGuerin, Dickson, Hennessy and Ward. “My client takes these charges very seriously. He is a respectful and kind person and is anxious to address these charges for the sake of his family and his team. We will defend these allegations vigorously in court.”
Perkins posted $1,000 bail Thursday morning because of accusations he punched a woman and her brother outside a nightclub in Houston. The case was initially dismissed but later re-filed.
The Thunder released the following statement on Thursday: “We were made aware of the allegations and take this matter seriously. We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time.”
Matt Moore of CBSSports.com on Serge Ibaka: “Last season, without James Harden, was Ibaka learning about what it’s like to be the third option. It’s not dissimilar to how Paul George excelled in 2012, before his 2013 season put him on the NBA map. I expect the same from Ibaka, who has learned to stretch the floor all the way to the perimeter, and has an evolving skillset which could legitimately boost the Thunder to title contention, ruining the narrative about the Harden trade being a fatal mistake forever. He doesn’t need to improve in any focused area, he just needs to continue his natural improvement, and Ibaka’s not going to be a bit player, but a legitimate star in this league.”
Russell Westbrook’s ShotScore isn’t great, writes Kirk Goldsberry on Grantland: “The good news is that in the same way that Peyton Manning and Tom Brady can be great without being great runners, it is possible to be a great NBA point guard without being a great shooter. In fact, Westbrook and Derrick Rose, two of the world’s best point guards, prove this on a regular basis. Still, Westbrook’s game, as great as it already is, could improve if he just stopped shooting all those 3s. Unfortunately, this season may not be the best time for him to stop. The loss of Kevin Martin has left the Thunder in dire need of replacement production from beyond the arc. We need to get Westbrook a Matt Bonner for Christmas.” Keep Reading…
Kendrick Perkins, who lives in Tomball and plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, posted a $1,000 bond Thursday morning on the misdemeanor assault charge.
His brother-in-law, Quincy Alpough, faces the same charge.
According to court documents, the incident happened back in July outside the Nox nightclub in the 4700 block of Nett.
The case was initially dismissed, but Perkins and Alpough were charged when it was re-filed.
The incident happened in July, but charges were re-filed. The entire story according to court documents is there was a fender bender outside a nightclub and the woman got out to talk about it and a woman from Perkins’ vehicle jumped out as if she was “ready to fight.” Keep Reading…
Serge Ibaka clearly has a hatred for the University of Missouri. If you’re a former Tiger and you come into his lane then he will send you and the ball you came with in the other direction, Linas Kleiza, you freaking loser.
Serge has been busy this summer. He’s updated his Instagram username to mr_avecclasse. He’s celebrated his birthday in style — yams everywhere. He’s started asking for more fan involvement with regard to his pictures. I’m saying, he needs your captions. But the biggest move he’s made, far and away, is getting the official shot-blocking master seal of approval from the great one, Dikembe Mutumbo. Look at that work of art. You got “Not In My House” down at the bottom. A simple “Serge” in the upper left corner. And up top and to the right you get “Block In Your Face”, which is exactly what I’ll be tweeting each and every time Serge sends one back this year. Let’s get this in Gilcrease.
For a couple years I’ve been quietly sour that Ibaka had taken Mutumbo’s finger wag and made it his own. You tend to want players to come up with their own stuff, exhibit a little creativity, and show out in a way that’s unique to them. Russ’ aggressive holstering, Sam Cassell and the Big Nuts Dance, Larry Johnson’s “L” celebration, so on and so forth. Keep Reading…