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Loud Links: Oklahoma City Thunder News for July 12, 2009


Here is an early edition of Loud Links for all your pre-game Thunder news. Westbrook is actually scheduled to play tonight against Memphis. Kevin Durant’s older brother will join the Thunder Summer League roster. Sports Agent Dan Fegan seems to be an outright liar, but he gets his clients paid. Twitter has become more interesting. Shawn Marion is asking for advise for his new number. I’ve seen Thabeet call out a couple of punks that have doubted him. Memphis Commercial Appeal just noted one of Thabeet’s tweets in a recent article. Sactown Royalty mentions Westbrook in an article about Tyreke Evans. Clipper center Marcus Camby seems to be a valuable trade asset, will L.A. deal?


Thunder Notebook: Thunder signs James Harden, Serge Ibaka and Byron Mullens |
Second-year guard Russell Westbrook is scheduled to play in the Thunder’s opening game in the NBA Summer League tonight against Memphis. Westbrook was originally scheduled to play only in Orlando.

Tony Durant, the older brother of Kevin Durant, will join the Thunder for its slate of games in Las Vegas. Tony Durant, a product of Towson University, is a 6-foot-7, 247-pound forward.

James Harden impresses Thunder coach Scott Brooks |
It wasn’t Harden’s seemingly effortless scoring ability, or his perceptive play-making skills, or even his all-out hustle that stood out most for Brooks. What left a lasting impression in Brooks’ mind was how the former Arizona State shooting guard knew where to be on floor at all times, how he never got rattled and how he made his opponent play at his pace. "He really has a great control to his game while he’s on the floor," Brooks said. "He plays like he’s been doing this in this league for a while now, and that’s a good sign for a young kid to have a lot of composure."

It's Too Easy for Tyreke Evans - Sactown Royalty
Point guards like Russell Westbrook or Rajon Rondo -- it's impossible to take your eyes off them during the course of a game because they are everywhere you look. Tyreke Evans, while fitting into the same defense-drive-rebound phylum as the two aforementioned kids, isn't quite the same. You can lose Tyreke Evans, turn your attention over to the other players on the court. Yet, there he is with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. It's because Westbrook and Rondo surprise you with the rebounds and the wacky defensive plays. They look out of place, even though they do the same thing over and over (and over). I will never get used to seeing Westbrook crashing the board, or Rondo doing his behind-the-back trick.

5 Things We Learned In The NBA This Week - HOOPSWORLD
Varejao's agent, Dan Fegan, has tried to advance this notion that the Oklahoma City Thunder were willing to pay Varejao a $10 million annual salary. Really? Does anyone really believe Sam Presti would have been dumb enough to do that? Oklahoma City wasn't even willing to give Paul Millsap that kind of money, and he's a far superior player to Varejao.

Hasheem Thabeet makes Grizzlies debut tonight : Memphis Commercial Appeal
Thabeet recently wrote: "Highly Motivated by Fear Of Failure!! All the Negativity, Critics, Pressure, All The Haters ... It's All an Opportunity For ME to Rise!"

PBN | Coveted Camby
"A lot of teams have been calling. He was up front with me," said Camby, in Las Vegas to watch his team at the NBA Summer League. "A lot of teams are calling and asking for my services. ... A lot of contenders are looking for different pieces to add to their team, especially the way the economy is going and with the salary cap."

Shawn Marion (matrix31) on Twitter
Tweeps I need some help on picking a jersey number spread the word I can't wear 31 this year help me


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