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Can Carmelo Anthony rebuild in OKC? 

It just did not work in New York. Fun while it lasted I guess. Flashes of Kristaps Porzingis being great in the future, (Jeremy Lin) Lin-sanity, brief appearances in the playoffs after a long drought, but I think even Carmelo Anthony would admit this is not the legacy he wanted to leave in New York. I for one am excited on what is to come for “hoodie Melo”. He’s definitely has got some bulletin board material to motivate the next chapter of his career.

Last season Carmelo and other NBA stars see LeBron James went back and forth with then Knicks president Phil Jackson. Jackson at one point even saying Melo should probably continue elsewhere. The Knicks again had a terrible season in which they missed the playoffs and Carmelo had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career. Melo had one of the lowest outputs ever offensively which had some fans of the NBA questioning his value since scoring is his best attribute and felt he never expanded his game to involving his teammates and playing defense. He was also blatantly not on the Knicks radar for building for the future. Then ESPN drops its players ranking where he’s disrespectfully listed as the 64th best player in the NBA just behind rookie Lonzo Ball who hasn’t played a game yet and I’m a Laker fan but be serious. Have you seen the footage of him giving all the stars in the league work this summer all while wearing a hoodie?

Fast forward to this summer post Phil Jackson being fired and we see a whirlwind of trades happening throughout the NBA. Paul George setting up shop in Oklahoma, Chris Paul joining Harden in Houston and Jimmy Buckets (Butler) taking his talents to Minnesota. Stars all around the league changing the dynamic powers of the NBA. All except the one we thought would for sure be traded. Yesterday news broke that Carmelo added teams to a list he would accept a trade to. Last week we received confirmation he’ll be heading to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and George creating another super team if those exist (see Cavs, Warriors finals back and forth lol). Let the fireworks begin.

Video: Peyton Manning takes a dig at Kevin Durant

We all know Kevin Durant dipped on the Thunder to play for the Warriors after his team was up 3-1 and loss, but he got his ring and NBA Finals MVP. During the ESPY’s Peyton Manning made a joke about Durant wanting to playing soccer because the team was so dominate and Durant didn’t seem to like the joke and Manning even got Russell Westbrook involved. I can’t even front it was funny, if you haven’t seen it check it out.

Video: Russell Westbrook puts DeMarcus Cousins’ on a poster

While everybody is worrying about if Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant talked during All-Star Weekend, Westbrook has still been playing some great basketball. The walking triple double sought out his latest victim in the great DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins. Westbrook brought the thunder (no pun intended) to Cousins, Sunday evening on his way to another triple double.

Check out the play if you haven’t seen it.

With the Addition of Kevin Durant, The Splash Family Looks to Dominate the NBA

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last 24 hours, you are aware that Kevin Wayne Durant no longer plays for the Oklahoma Thunder. Kev and Russy will no longer be the focal point of the high powered Thunder offense and in the running for top duo in the game.

Initially most NBA circles and fans alike felt Durant was Batman and Westbrook was Robin who should at times defer, but it became increasingly clear that they had a team with two Batman’s. The two led the charge vs. the defending champion Golden State Warriors in this year 2016 Western Conference Finals. The Thunder handling the heavily favored San Antonio Spurs in just six games they jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the series against the two-time back to back league MVP Steph Curry and 73-9 Warriors. As impressive as they looked with that early lead we all watched them crumble just as stunningly eventually losing the series in seven games. One of the biggest playoff collapses ever or so we thought until the finals began.

In an epic twist Mr. Durant has decided to take his talents to the Bay area. Yes, I know how I worded the last sentence and yes I meant it in a “Lebron like” way. For the last two years we’ve all known Kevin would be a free agent come Summer Sixteen *Drake voice* and the possible destinations for him. We heard chatter of him going home and playing for Washington, or New York with Melo, maybe even the Lakers (I had my fingers crossed for that one). Most felt the best destination for him was to stay exactly where he was, after all nowhere else could offer more money or a better roster. That all means nothing now as Durant has joined the best regular season team of all-time, making them on paper the best NBA team ever. With plenty of work left to be done to actually prove that, I can’t wait for the season to begin. It does not matter what we feel as fans, he did what was best for him. LeBron’s departure and slight fall from grace definitely helped Kevin’s be received better.

Picture Curry bringing the ball up the court, lob to Draymond who kicks it out to Klay who swings to a wide open Durant, and bang he hits the open three-pointer. Family pictures may have a different look to them, but this picture of the splash family will be as photogenic as one has ever seen.

The decision LeBron made has created a clearer path for Kevin

I haven’t pinned much on the NBA lately, being busy with my Scout duties, #GoBearcats. I’ve seen a few things I wanted to talk about, but didn’t have the time to do good research to jot down my thoughts in an educated manner. Well today I felt like putting my two cents in on the Kevin Durant sweepstakes situation.

First to get what Kevin Durant is going through we need to rewind back to win LeBron James was a free agent back in 2010. I’ll never forget where I was at when LeBron took his talents to South Beach, I was visiting my auntie Karen in San Diego planning how I was going to propose to the love of my life. July 8, 2010 will never be forgotten by me for numerous reasons, for one it’s my wife’s birthday, it the decision date and it was the day I got engaged.

Now that I’m done with my backstory, Durant’s situation is a lot different from James’ situation in 2010 mainly because James was an adopted Cleveland kid, Akron is damn near like a Cleveland suburb no matter how you cut it, so his ties to the Cavs run deep at least to a fan and geographical aspect. For Durant he doesn’t have that tie to the Thunder, but it is a mid-market team like the Cavs. He also has Russell Westbrook who is a free agent after the 2016-17 season also and they have an organization that has done a better job at getting players around KD than the Cavs did with LBJ the first time around. Durant is a Maryland kid and thoughts were that the Wizards were trying to make a push, but that seems to be a pipe dream for Wiz fans.

The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team player Kevin Durant speaks to reporters during a news conference Monday, June 27, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team player Kevin Durant speaks to reporters during a news conference Monday, June 27, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

From the outside looking in it seems that the Warriors are major players, Spurs and of course the Thunder. I feel like the Thunder have the upper hand, with the recent trade for Victor Oladipo it makes them even more potent, but if KD knows Westbrook is leaving after the season is up then you have to think why not join the Warriors who have Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry locked up for years to come.

If Durant leaves will there be backlash? Yes, but it won’t be the same level experienced by James in 2010 so with that being said KD needs to call Bron in say thanks. No matter his decision I don’t think jerseys will be burned in OKC, but only time will tell what KD will do.

Don’t Forget to Pay Attention to Russell Westbrook

Stephen Curry is hitting half court shots off glass and Golden state is in rare form. Lebron and Kevin Love have Cleveland at the top of the east and Andre Drummond is grabbing every rebound on planet earth. With respect to all of those things have you seen what Mr. Westbrook is doing in Oklahoma? For some time I’ve heard critics say that Durant was the top dog on their team and that Russell’s play would at times hold the Thunder back. Are you absolutely sure Kevin Durant is the best player on their team?

Currently out again with an injury Kevin is posting a crazy 28ppg 7rebs and 3ast per game. Safe to say he is back. Russell Westbrook is averaging 25ppg a league leading 11ast and 9rebs. It was one thing to see him average a triple double the second half of last season with Kevin Durant out. He literally had to do it all because no other fire power was available for OKC. This season the Thunder have maybe the most talented team on paper in the NBA. They have a bench and a scoring threat down low in Enes Kanter, a healthy handyman in Serge Ibaka, and the usual suspects in Durant and Westbrook.

They fired Scotty Brooks and brought in Billy Donovan and his success remains to be seen.
The biggest difference in what I have seen in this early season is that Westbrook is now controlling with much more than his scoring. Donovan recently said he can dominate a game without taking a shot. He’s taking the other teams point guard out of the game defensively, grabbing more boards than your center and setting up his teammates! He’s finally being a traditional one like the critics have always said he isn’t. What exactly can be nitpicked about now? Maybe it’s time for us to reconsider who the top dog in OKC is? Pay attention.

The 2015-2016 NBA Superlatives

The NBA season has kicked off, and the excitement is in the air. Last season, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors were the darlings of the NBA and took home the NBA title. Players such as Anthony Davis, James Harden, and the aforementioned Curry had breakout seasons. players such as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and LeBron James handled business as usual. This season will have many intriguing story lines. Will this be the Oklahoma City Thunder’s last run? Will Anthony Davis break out to win the MVP award? Can the Cleveland Cavaliers remain healthy enough to win the title? These are all valid questions that basketball fans will be asking all season long. With that said, here is a list of the 2015-2016 NBA Superlatives.

Most Likely to win the NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs
Most Likely to Win MVP: Russell Westbrook
Most Likely to win Most Improved Player: Elfrid Payton
Most Like to Win Coach of the Year: Jason Kidd
Most Likely to win 6th Man of the year: Isaiah Thomas
Most Likely to win Defensive Player of the Year: Kawhi Leonard
Most Likely to win Rookie of the Year: Emmanuel Muiduay/Jahlil Okafor
Most Likely to be Traded By the Traded Deadline: Any member of the Boston Celtics Front court
Most Likely to fall in love with an Instagram “Model”: Devin Booker
Most Likely to miss shoot-around due to partying: Lance Stephenson
Most Likely to slide in some DM’s: J.R. Smith
Most Likely to end up on a wrong end of a Vine: Brandon Knight
Most Likely to fight a head coach: Matt Barnes
Most Likely to get mentioned in a rap song: LeBron James
Most Likely to get yelled at by Kobe Bryant: Julius Randle
Most Likely to get Future to perform at Halftime: Memphis Grizzlies
Most Likely to hold Matt Barnes Back during a fight: Tony Allen
Most Likely to be seen on Instagram with Young Thug: O.J. Mayo
Most Likely to receive the most Twitter Slander: Tristan Thompson
Most Likely teams to breakout: Utah Jazz/Orlando Magic

Is Russell Westbrook a Legit MVP Candidate?

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been surging as of late as they are 9-1 in their last ten games. With them being out of playoff contention for most of the season, they are sitting comfortable in the 8th spot in the Western Conference seeding. Everyone knew that the Thunder would make a run for a playoff spot despite Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook being out due to injury at the beginning of the season. Now that one of two are healthy the Thunder are back in contention to make some noise in the playoffs.

It’s pretty safe to say that the reason for the improvement of the Thunder hinges on the play of Russell Westbrook.  For the season, Westbrook is averaging 26 ppg to go along with 8.0 apg and 6.5 rpg. Westbrook is putting up his normal numbers, but the way he has been doing it has been magnificent. In the month of February the Thunder are 10-1, and Westbrook is averaging 29.5ppg, 10.1 apg, and 8.2 rpg and will likely walk away as the Western Conference Player of the Month.

Without the strong play from Westbrook it’s safe to say that the Thunder would be on the outside of the playoff picture. Unlike the other MVP candidates such as Steph Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James, Westbrook has only played 43 games out of 57 games. Westbrook may have missed more games than the aforementioned names, but he should be in the discussion for the MVP award.

In the 14 games that Westbrook sat out, the Thunder were an abysmal 4-10. During that time Westbrook and KD were out, but with Durant battling injuries all season, Westbrook has been able to will the Thunder to a playoff berth.

Westbrook may be an enigma to some, but he is just a basketball player that is passionate about winning at all cost. Some say he’s cocky, but so what if he is. After winning the NBA All-Star game MVP, his confidence level is even higher, and he knows that he is one of the best players in the NBA. An already confident Russell Westbrook is already problem, but with a new found assurance it makes him even scarier.

Russell Westbrook may not walk away with the MVP award this season, but he should definitely be in the conversation.  After seeing Kevin Durant win the award he knows that he is more than capable of bringing the award home. Will Russell Westbrook be named this year’s MVP? As of now that answer is unknown, but one thing for certain is that he deserves to be considered for the award, regardless of how many games has missed.

Is Reggie Jackson Out of Line For His Trade Demands?

Rumors have been heating up as the NBA trade deadline gets closer. Year after year teams make moves that put them in position to make a playoff run or they dump contracts in attempt to prepare for free agency or the NBA Draft. With that said, Reggie Jackson of the Oklahoma City Thunder has recently demanded a trade to the Thunder front office.

Players normally demand trades when they are in a toxic playing environment or if they don’t receive the playing time that they think they deserve. In Jackson’s case it’s a little odd, because he has been a key cog for the Thunder since the departure of James Harden three seasons ago. It may be frustrating that GM Sam Presti hasn’t committed to Jackson and refused to offer him a contract, but Jackson has to realize that this is a business.

Despite having a solid season averaging 12.4 ppg to go along with 4.2 apg things have changed as of late for Jackson. Since the arrival of Dion Waiters, Jackson’s role has diminished, and he has had a drop in production. I honestly feel that Jackson can still flourish in his role off the bench, because as a team the Thunder only have a few people that can score outside of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

After starting off slow, the Thunder are gaining ground on a playoff position. Whether the Thunder gets in as a seventh or eighth seed they will have a great chance to play spoiler in the Western Conference. If I am Jackson I cherish this last season as a member of the Thunder, and wait to cash in during free agency. Reggie Jackson has the luxury to play alongside two All-NBA performers and possibly having a chance to compete for a title, but he’s is irate and wants out of town.

Maybe Reggie Jackson is forgetting that he is Reggie Jackson, but I think he needs to pump the breaks. It’s okay to be frustrated about the contract issues, but in five months that will no longer be an issue. The NBA is a point guard league, so Jackson has a case to get a hefty contract even if his play doesn’t match up to the dollar amount. I believe that if Continue reading Is Reggie Jackson Out of Line For His Trade Demands?