Early reviews are in, and by all accounts Kevin Durant's charity exhibition yesterday evening was a smashing success. Despite missing a few players due to injury (Blake Griffin) or airplane issues (John Wall), the OKC crowd was thoroughly entertained by a complete pro basketball experience. We will have more here later, but for now I think this quote that Royce Young at Daily Thunder extracted says it well:
"Guys don't get paid to play in these games. Guys come out here because of how much respect they have for KD." - Chris Paul
It is evident that Durant has earned the respect from his seniors in the league not merely because of his basketball ability, but because of his willingness to lead, his service to others, and the respect and dignity he shows to everyone.
Young gives a great write-up of his personal experience at Durant's charity exhibition game.
Mayberry finally gets to write about Thunder basketball again. He takes particular note of the fact that Durant brought on their rookie Reggie Jackson to join the all-stars. By the looks of it, he was a little bit star-struck.
Simmons runs down a list of things he knows he will miss if the season is canceled. I do kind of wonder why he seems to be secretly rooting for Durant and Russell Westbrook to have their "balcony" moment.
The Thunder are important to the path we've left and the direction we're heading, and it is all part of this wonderful game.
Indeed, we do not know what happened in the Board of Governors meeting, and that meeting, which occurred right before the owners issued an ultimatum via Paul Allen seems to have been the linchpin.
Blott lays out concisely why he things siding with the owners in this lockout is a very bad idea.
Well, yes and no. But you have to earn the right to sit at the table.
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Evil Ted approves.
Another fan throws in the towel. But as he freely admits, he will be back. That is kind of what the owners are banking on.
This writer likens the owners' position to that of a blowout victory. The owners seem to want to win at all turns. As the writer notes though, fans rarely stick around for the endings of blowouts.
An usher at the Trail Blazers' Rose Garden has decided to come forward to talk about how the lockout will impact him personally. Interestingly, he has to do it anonymously because even stadium workers have had gag orders applied to them.
As much as we think we know, and even if we do know some things, the truth of the matter is unless we're in the situation either the players or owners are, we don't really know what the right move is.
Cue the Captain Renault quote.
I'd pay to see him rock out. At least $7.50.
I'm still struggling to figure out what this post means.