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Loud Links: 05|10|10 - Ibaka #2 Overall Pick?

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While discussing international prospects, Ibaka's name gets mentioned. Here's a peek.

NBA Draft 2010: Scouting, ranking, evaluating international prospects - ESPN Insider
The Oklahoma City Thunder drafted a rising young 6-10 player from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Serge Ibaka, despite the fact he was playing in Spain's second division, the LEB. Ibaka is now a vital piece in Oklahoma City's young core of talent and could have ended up as the No. 2 pick in this year's draft had he gone off to play at, say, Duke, UCLA or a top-level Euro club this past season."

What's Next For The Thunder? | Susan Bible | Hoopsworld
"They sure don't need four new rookies, so the best bet could be an attempt to package and move up. DeMarcus Cousins would be too much to hope for, but perhaps Cole Alrich, Daniel Orton (word has it that Presti is eyeing him) or Epke Udoh are available when OKC's on the clock, maybe even Greg Monroe, Hassad Whiteside or Solomon Alibi...

...The lessons learned and experience gained for these players in the Lakers series are beyond measure. Even though Durant didn't play to expected Durant-like levels, Green didn't particularly shine, and Harden all but disappeared at the Staples Center, you could literally see Westbrook and Ibaka growing in the playoff environment."

There is more on Presti's apparent promise to draft Orton if he is available here. Old news, I know.

Seattle Storm Gets Shocked in the Preseason by Tulsa, 90-80 | freelantz | Swish Appeal
"Tulsa Shock head coach Nolan Richardson described his desire to have games look "ugly as hell" before the season started. This stylistic preference is not reverberating well with league aficionados who are claiming that Richardson's coaching methodology won't work for women's basketball, particularly not for the WNBA. Well, although the season has yet to start officially, the Shock now have their one and only preseason contest under their belt, a 90-80 Mother's Day win over the Seattle Storm."

Season tickets to secure playoffs |
"Frustrated by paying exorbitant prices to watch Games 3 and 4 in the playoffs, Odell Gordon purchased Oklahoma City Thunder season tickets for the 2010-11 season two days before Game 6. Gordon, who spent roughly $15,000 for 15 playoff tickets, wasn’t the only one flabbergasted by playoff ticket prices. Approximately 500 fans have purchased Thunder season tickets the past two weeks."