Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma City Thunder’

Dearly Departed: 5 Thoughts On The Passing Of The Oklahoma City Thunder

What more can be said about the Oklahoma City Thunder? There have been complaints, suggestions offered and clear frustrations all around in regard to this team. Honestly, they may have the most questions of any team going into the offseason, and it’s pretty hard to find any clear answers. While they...
June 5th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The 300: The Clippers Collapse Never Felt Like It Was Happening

(Ed’s Note: Phillip Barnett has been down with the team since the ETSF/TalkHoops days of 2008. As is life, sometimes it takes a personal challenge to muster up words consistently. The self-proclaimed “I’m So Hideous(s)” is taking a new journey in putting up 300 words a day on the many questions,...
May 14th, 2014 | Basketball, I'm So Hideous | Read More

On The NBA’s Mid-Card Stars And Helping Teams Get Over The Hump

For a long time, it seemed as if the Oklahoma City Thunder was a lock to start winning titles. The same could have been said about the Chicago Bulls a few years ago when Derrick Rose was tearing up the league with explosive play. The New York Knicks made a splash but were never really considered a contender,...
May 14th, 2014 | Basketball, Bull City | Read More

Kevin Durant, The Oklahoma City Thunder And The Natural Progression Of A Champion

This past weekend, I watched the ESPN 30 for 30 “Bad Boys” for a second time, and it dawned on me that the Oklahoma City Thunder are a lot like the Isiah Thomas-led Detroit Pistons of the 1980s and early ’90s. Let me explain … 1981 The Detroit Pistons select Isiah Thomas second overall...
May 13th, 2014 | Basketball, Columns, Sports, The Rev | Read More

The 300: Oklahoma City Struggles To Solve The Ever-Changing Spacing Puzzle

(Ed’s Note: Phillip Barnett has been down with the team since the ETSF/TalkHoops days of 2008. As is life, sometimes it takes a personal challenge to muster up words consistently. The self-proclaimed “I’m So Hideous(s)” is taking a new journey in putting up 300 words a day on the many questions,...
May 12th, 2014 | Basketball, I'm So Hideous | Read More

Homecoming: On Chris Paul And Blake Griffin’s Return To Oklahoma

I remember just graduating from Langston University in May of 2005, walking across that stage with a sense of pride and achievement. With my family by my side and a future seemingly bright and for the taking, I knew that anything was possible. However, more importantly, I knew that I could solve one...
May 7th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Expect More Pressure, Drama And Paranoia In The NBA Conference Semifinals

And then there were eight. Let’s run through a brief list of notable moments we’ve all experienced as a family after just one round of the 2014 NBA playoffs: 1. Four-point plays became the norm. Not only did one seem to happen every night, but they always happened at critical points in the...
May 5th, 2014 | Basketball, Columns, J. Tinsley, Sports | Read More

The Showstopper: Mike Miller Steals The Show In Game 5

A week ago it didn’t seem likely that I would be writing the good praises of the Memphis Grizzlies. It was even more unlikely that I would be singing the praises of Mike Miller, but here we are. After beating the Oklahoma City Thunder in a momentum-changing Game 5 win, the Grizzlies are in prime...
April 30th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The 10 Things We All Loved About The 2013-14 NBA Season

Wednesday, April 16th will mark the end of the 2013-14 regular season in the NBA.  With it, we will prepare to commit the next seven weeks of our lives to what we have come to know and love as the NBA Playoffs. If you have a significant other that doesn’t give a damn about basketball like that,...
April 17th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Starting Lineups: Is It More Painful For Portland Or Seattle Fans To Watch Kevin Durant?

With the NBA’s arduous regular season finally coming to a close, something we’ve seen just once in the past five years is slated to occur — someone other than LeBron James taking home NBA MVP honors. LeBron has won four of the past five MVPs, with only Derrick Rose’s remarkable...
April 17th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Basketball Is Fun: Here’s Russell Westbrook Dunking On Kent Bazemore

The Oklahoma City Thunder are struggling since Russell Westbrook returned to the lineup. The team is just 3-4 with their starting point guard back, and the struggles can mostly be attributed to losing two other starters (Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha) and their defense going to hell. On Sunday...
March 9th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Addressing OKC’s Demons: On Russell Westbrook, Scott Brooks And The Thunder Youngsters

There is a fine line between being a good and being a great team in the NBA. The worst thing that a team could be in in the NBA is a middle-of-the-pack team, more so than any of the other major sports. The Oklahoma City Thunder in its short time together has experienced life on both sides of the line....
February 28th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

ETSF Joins Warriors World To Discuss The MVP Candidacy Of Kevin Durant, Harrison Barnes And More

Now it’s ’95 and they clock me and watch me Diamonds shining Looking like I robbed Liberace It’s all good from Diego to the Bay Your city is the bomb if your city making pay Throw up a finger if you feel the same way Dre putting it down for California — from 2Pac and Dr. Dre’s...
January 23rd, 2014 | Basketball, The Fam | Read More

Starting Lineups: Kevin Durant Dances With Fate With 46-Point Game

LeBron James recited Kevin Durant’s statistics from tonight verbatim off the top of his head. “I got a KD watch on my phone,” LeBron said. — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) January 22, 2014 Admiration. There are times when we get so caught up in the competition of sports that we...
January 22nd, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Reggie Jackson Decided He Was Fed Up, Dunked On Kenneth Faried In The Process

The former King of the Summer League, Reggie Jackson, walked into the Oklahoma City Thunder’s visiting locker room on Thursday night as they prepared to play the Denver Nuggets. One of Reggie’s pure joys was every moment he got to see his #15  ‘JACKSON’ uniform sitting in his...
January 10th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Starting Lineups: The Return Of Russell Westbrook

“His presence [was big]. Russ is Russell Westbrook, a three-time All-Star, 23-5-7 the last three years so you’ve got to respect it. He put pressure on the defense all night. He missed a few layups, but it was good to see him aggressive and not worry about anything and just play freely. He opened...
November 4th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Underneath The Moon And The Stars: Introducing The Nike KD VI Meteorology

I always wanted to be a weatherman growing up. I like natural disasters so I’ve made a really nice shoe that reflects that.”  – Kevin Durant There’s something mildly insane about hearing a “historically great wing player” (those words belong to Grantland’s Zach...
July 30th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More

Kendrick Perkins May Or May Not Be Planning Kevin Durant’s Bachelor Party

Late last week, the second greatest basketball player in the world decided that the single life was no longer for him. Kevin Durant went down on one knee and asked his basketball-playing girlfriend Monica Wright of the Minnesota Lynx to be his for life. (Sidenote: The fact that KD ended up wifing a...
July 11th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

All Hail Reggie Jackson, The King Of The Summer League

You know it when you see it. When you see a garden of flowers, and one flower just sits taller from the rest. A crisp dollar bill in a group of crumpled and wrinkled bills. A fine ass woman with a group of regular women. They all have a way of standing out. For Reggie Jackson, a 3rd-year guard for the...
July 9th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Kevin Durant And The Road Ahead

Put the Roc Nation affiliation aside for a moment. Given the way his 2013 playoff campaign ended, Kevin Durant stands poised to enter the 2013-2014 season with an added sense of bloodthirstiness. And that’s good, because so many other outside factors around him will be, too. Narratives drive sports,...
June 26th, 2013 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More