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OKC Loud Links: Wading Through The Waters

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Very little in the way of news today, Thunder-wise or other. Check out Calvin and Hobbes for some deep existential thought.


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.


Best Trades Ever | SB Nation

Take a look at SB Nation's themed post today to see what each writer thinks is his or her franchise's greatest trade of all time.

Luxury Tax History & How it Applies to Thunder | Daily Thunder

Young notes that the phrase 'luxury tax' dominates OKC banter as much as anything the team has done on the court. He takes a deeper look to see how the tax has impacted franchises over the course of time.

Will OKC Sign Maynor? | NewsOK

Rohde writes that Eric Maynor is also on the docket for future plans, and unfortunately for Easy-E, a lot of it is dependent on the health of his knee. My prediction - he signs for a 2-3 year under-market deal to compete for a title with OKC, and then finds his fortune in another city as a starting PG.

Najera Becomes First Mexican Head Coach Under NBA Umbrella | Ball Don't Lie

Yesterday we noted with fondness that Eduardo Najera has retired from the NBA to become the head coach of the D-League Texas Legends. Here is another fine tribute.

Karl Thinks Nuggets Are Top 4 Team | Ball Don't Lie

George Karl thinks that the Nuggets are capable of getting home court advantage in the 1st round, and he might be right. However, the middle of the West is going to be a tight pack, as the Clippers, Grizzlies, Jazz, and even the Mavericks will be in the thick of it. Here's the bigger problem though; no matter how good Denver's offense is, their defense is capital 'H,' Horrible. You cannot win a playoff series with bad defense. Here's another problem that sticks out like a sore thumb - Denver has lost in the 1st round in 8 of the 9 past seasons. The only recurring factor in all of those seasons? Their head coach, George Karl.

Q&A With Mike Brown | ESPN

I am as intrigued as anybody what will happen when LA tries to install a Princeton-based offense, but it wasn't their offense that killed them in the playoffs last season, and it won't be their offense that saves them against the likes of OKC and San Antonio.

Buddinger Looking Forward to Playing With Rubio | Twitter

This concept isn't hard. Every non-PG in the NBA should have a desire to play with a great PG. If they're willing to walk away from a great PG, they ought to have their head examined or just admit it's for more money.

In Defense of Cuban | Sports Illustrated

Mark Cuban is never shy about expressing himself, and Lowe takes a stab at defending some of his recent arguments. At the end of the day, no matter how ludicrous his statements sound, he won the ring. That's what matters.

Predicted Strength of Schedule Chart | ESPN

OKC looks to have a very reasonable strength of schedule this upcoming season. Not so easy - Miami.