OKC Loud Links: Who Will Be the Favorites?

As we prepare for the upcoming season, it is apparent that the sentiment is that there are two frontrunning teams, and somehow the West's previous finals representative is the third wheel. Interesting.
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SB Nation Free Agency Stream 2012

Stay on top of all player movement and rumors by checking out SB Nation's stream throughout the day.

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Playing Favorites | Sports Illustrated

Team executives offer up their insights on how the upcoming season is going to shake out.

Thunder Players Take Trip to Africa | NewsOK

Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison, Thabo Sefolosha, and Cole Aldrich all traveled to Africa to invest in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program.

The Maynor Situation | Daily Thunder

My guess - Eric Maynor signs a short-term under-market-value contract, which means that he will be able to stay with the team on the cheap during their championship push for these next two seasons. If he decides it is time to leave before the contract runs out, it will be easy for the Thunder to trade him to another team.

Revisiting the 1972 One-on-One Tournament | Ball Don't Lie

Could something like this work today? How would you get the players to take it seriously? Either choose the ultracompetitive types, or make the honey pot so sweet that the mid-tier guys would be super motivated to try and win it.

Time for NBA Teams to Embrace D-League Future | ProBasketballTalk

As we know, the Thunder have been utilizing their D-League team the Tulsa 66ers for years now, and the fact that they have been underscores one very important lesson. The best NBA franchises in the league ARE the best because they know how to maximize every asset at their disposal. Lesser franchises waste them.

Steve Blake Visits Rawanda | LA Times

It's always in the spirit of the game to crack on guys like Steve Blake, but this story about his willingness to sponsor a child from Rawanda and then take the opportunity to visit the little girl in her home country is a good lesson to think on, not the least of which is, you don't need to be an NBA player to make an impact like this.

The Tyranny of Allen Iverson | HoopSpeak

Allen Iverson’s 50 point rookie game was on Hardwood Classics Monday night, prompting livetweets by LeBron James and Kendall Marshall. There is some irony in two players, renowned for their unselfish ways, praising the efforts of an unapologetic gunner.

Kings' Team Store Offline 2 Months; Nobody Noticed | Ball Don't Lie

Oof.

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