- Where do the Thunder go from here?
- Will Scott Brooks be the coach next year?
- What are the other options?
- What is Jon Hamm’s nickname?
- …and last we preview the playoffs
Hi Saturday. Thank you for your support of Daily Thunder. Let’s offseason.
One last look at Russell Westbrook, and the last memory we’re going to have on him for the next six months.
First, sad faces all around. Look, we knew the season was over the second Kevin Durant went under the knife a third time. It split the fanbase between those wanting to tank for the lottery, and those that wanted a taste of the postseason because the postseason is fun.
In the end, 45 wins in the West wasn’t enough because of a ridiculous double-clutch buzzer-beater.
But really, there are far better what-ifs to go around. E’Twuan Moore’s game-winner. Damian Lillard’s 3. The deuce they dropped in New York. The deuce they dropped in Sacramento. The countless 50-50 games they couldn’t win. It truly just was not their year.
So it’s over now. Six very long months until is all gets going again. From now until then will feature plenty of questions, gripes and some rumory rumors. Here are five thoughts: Keep Reading…
Russ Bengston of Complex with a great thing on Westbrook: “Here is the biggest difference between Russell Westbrook and Allen Iverson, and why perhaps the initial comparison was ill-made: Allen Iverson will be remembered as the last pre-analytics superstar, when it was possible to win MVP while shooting 42 percent from the floor. Westbrook? He’s the first post-analytics superstar, even as analytics become a larger and larger presence in the game. Because analytics measure what’s already happened, and to Westbrook, good or bad, those things simply don’t matter. They may as well not even exist. It’s not that his numbers are bad, it’s that those numbers measure who he was, not who he is.”
Zach Harper of CBSSports.com: “It sets them up for a real run at an NBA championship in the final year of Durant’s current deal with the Thunder. When he hits free agency in the summer of 2016, the Thunder will have a young, diverse roster along with a bigger contract than any other team can give him to sway Durant to remain the leader of this organization. As long as this team is healthy, they should be the contending team we expected them to be heading into this season. Unfortunately for the Thunder, the health kept them from promise of more games when the regular season ended. But this organization now looks for the positives in a failed season without publicly making the excuses afforded to them.” Keep Reading…
It would make a good piece to just say yesterday sucked the same way this season sucked and move on from all these snakebites. All the waiting for health. Something about the whole thing felt like growing up. Talking about what you’d do when you got older. Like, wait till I’m an adult, then look at me. I’ll own a Corvet and live in a mansion in Los Angeles and marry Halle Berry and honeymoon in Cozumel. Only what if you just stayed a child, and never got a chance to try to make all that happen for yourself, forever bound to counting the circles between the MASH lines. Keep Reading…
I sat in a Tyler Media radio booth last night with Erik Gee, Jerry Ramsey and Chisholm Holland preparing for what would become the final Thunder post-game radio show of the season for 107.7 The Franchise. A TV was tuned to the Thunder/Timberwolves game, but frankly any interest in that game was long gone. The Timberwolves had the equivalent of a junior varsity squad on the court and they were getting rolled by the Thunder. Our eyes were much more focused on Jerry’s iPad, which was showing the Spurs/Pelicans game thanks to the magic of NBA League Pass and the Internet.
Jerry would note that the Thunder season actually ended at 7:18 PM CST on Wednesday, April 15. That’s the exact time that the Pelicans took the lead over the Spurs. The Pelicans never surrendered the lead after that time. The lead eventually swelled to 23 points, but the Spurs managed to cut the lead to four late in the game. Still, even before the Thunder game ended we had a pretty good idea what was about to unfold. Keep Reading…
Shoals for GQ on Westbrook: “All of which begs the question: Exactly what was Russell Westbrook playing for? Technically, the Thunder could’ve made the playoffs on the last day, but without Durant or Ibaka, they were almost certain to bow out early. Was it reputation? If so, he certainly succeeded in silencing his critics and proving that he’s anything but a mere sidekick to Kevin Durant. Was it pride, honor, his teammates, or any of the other standard devices that keep a player going through a tough, at times futile, season? None of this really seems to account for what Russell Westbrook just did. His play regularly defied everything we thought we knew about basketball; what motivated him is just as unfathomable a topic.”
Darnell Mayberry: “Enes Kanter had his head bowed, buried under a blue bath towel as he sat in full uniform at the first cubicle on the left upon entrance into the visiting locker room inside the Target Center. As the majority of his teammates moseyed around, aimlessly for the most part, Kanter just sat there, thinking, wondering about all the “what ifs” that might have actually salvaged something in a season that seemed cursed from the start. What if he did more? What if he blocked one more shot, pulled down one more rebound, scored one more basket?” Keep Reading…