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Loud Links: Oklahoma City Thunder News for July 21, 2009

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Welcome to the Tuesday edition of Loud Links! If you live in the Oklahoma City area be sure to check out the Thunder Girls audition finals happening tonight. Speaking of Thunder Girls I’m hearing more and more about Tulsa landing a WNBA team. Are the Thunder pursuing Ramon Sessions? B-Roy and LaMarcus pull out of USA basketball leaving more room for Durant and company to fill. There is also more news in connection with the two #2 overall picks from Texas. Durant and Aldridge and a handful of ex-longhorn athletes just launched a website together. In other news, former Thunder member Malik Rose is now studying broadcasting.

THUNDER: Thunder Girls Finals Set for Tuesday in Bricktown
The Oklahoma City Thunder will host the final round of auditions for the 2009-10 Thunder Girls on Tuesday, July 21. All fans are invited to attend and watch, as the dancers compete for a spot on the team. At the end of the evening, members of the 2009-10 team will be announced, including two who will compete for the final spot on the team as the "People's Choice" Thunder Girl. Following Tuesday's finals, fans will be able to visit and vote for their favorite "People’s Choice" Thunder Girl. More than 100 dancers from as far away as Japan and California participated in the open auditions, held today at FireLake Grand Casino in Shawnee. Judges narrowed the talented group down to approximately 40 ladies for Tuesday's finals.

Blogs | Clippers, Knicks in hot pursuit of Sessions
Sessions, the Milwaukee Bucks talented young point guard who is a restricted free agent, is drawing intense interest from the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers. What’s more, it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities a third team — NBA officials at the recent NBA Summer League in Las Vegas speculated Oklahoma City — may make a last-minute attempt to land Sessions as well.

Ranking the NBA's nine best unrestricted free agents - Ball Don't Lie
A rambunctious July has but a week and a half left, and most of the free agent action has passed. Of course, that doesn't mean that there isn't a select group of unrestricted free agents still available, ready to help teams and earn their keep. Here's our humbled list of the best of the rest. Longhorn Legends Launch Website
T.J. Ford, Royal Ivey, Kevin Durant, D.J. Augustin and LaMarcus Aldridge have teamed up to bring Texas, college sports, NBA, NFL and high school sports fans a website that will look into the lives many athletes. "Our web site will launch on Monday, July 20 and fans can find it at I'm doing the site along with Royal Ivey, Kevin Durant, D.J. Augustin and LaMarcus Aldridge. We're going to start with some videos of things we've been doing this summer. It will show our workouts and the five of us messing around with each other. The site will let people into our worlds and show people who we are. It hopefully can show people what we put into training and what goes into being a professional athlete."

Roy, Aldridge pull out of USA Basketball camp - Behind The Blazers Beat
Portland's Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge have pulled out of USA Basketball's minicamp in Las Vegas this week. Greg Oden and Jerryd Bayless still plan to participate.

5 Reasons Why James Harden Will be a Star | Dime Magazine
Harden embodies all of the qualities I respect most in a player. He works his butt off, let’s the game come to him, and is a fantastic teammate regardless of his role on the squad. Perhaps most importantly, he lets his game do the talking and doesn’t look to be the absolute center of attention.

NBA At 2: SPL Grades Pt. 1 - HOOPSWORLD
Because the Oklahoma City Thunder participated in both the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer Leagues we got a chance to see an extensive amount of James Harden and he did not disappoint. Harden may only have two years of college experience under his belt, but he plays the game like a six-year veteran. At times Harden looked just flat out scary alongside Russell Westbrook in the backcourt and when you also throw Kevin Durant and Jeff Green into the mix he'll look even better. The Thunder have to be very pleased with what they saw from Harden.

Six more NBA players to study broadcasting in NY -
Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications says the players will take part in a broadcasting career development program in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association. They are Tony Battie of the New Jersey Nets, Mike James of the Washington Wizards, Brevin Knight of the Utah Jazz, Donyell Marshall of the Philadelphia 76ers, Anthony Parker of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Malik Rose of the Oklahoma City Thunder.


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