Little development on the James Harden front, with the exception of the fact that now everybody now thinks that Harden is as good as gone. Perhaps I'm just looking at it with rose-colored glasses, but I continue to believe that Presti has this one locked down and everything will be settled before the season begins.
Young takes a great look at the true long-term challenges OKC faces. What I really like about this is that he hones in on something that happens a lot when leagues try to manipulate competition - the law of unintended consequences always rears its ugly head.
Inspiring Young's post above, Aldridge digs deep in taking a look at the way that the NBA has set up its financial structure. As we've written about in the past, specifically in regard to the Lakers and Celtics, the financial chasm arises out of local TV deals, something a small market like OKC is lacking.
EOB is counting down the top 100 players, and young Russell Westbrook shows up at #6. One thing that is hinted at but not said explicitly is the one thing we love most about the guy - he's got a hunger and a wicked competitive streak that few players have in the NBA, and it is the difference between OKC being a consistent playoff team and a consistent title-contending team.
Our friend Ian Levy is putting together a great project where:
The goal of the project is to bring together basketball analysis and education; giving students opportunities to learn about and practice mathematical modeling and scientific argumentation in an engaging setting.