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OKC loud links: Thursday news

Today's daily links offers a smattering of Thunder news and various NBA-related shenanigans. Floppers, beware.

The biggest news today is that the NBA is finally figuring out a way to penalize serial floppers. I am quite intrigued to see how they seek to accomplish this.


NBA 3-on-3 Tournament | SB Nation


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.


NBA Finalizing Procedures to Penalize Flopping | ESPN

Congratulations, Vlade Divac, Dennis Rodman, and other historically great floppers. You helped bring about the change the NBA really needs.

5 Questions: OKC Preview | NewsOK

There's actually a fair amount of good analysis in this little pre-season prognostication. Fortunately nobody in the list is being duped by the Lakers' 'superteam.' OKC is still the team to beat.

Durant Gets Red Panda Named After Him | The Basketball Jones

Honestly, I like this animalistic comparison more than the silly 'Durantula' nickname.

NBA's Top Pick-n-Pop Partnerships | HoopSpeak

Nice alliteration, Beckley. I can't argue that Kevin Durant is missing from this list because he doesn't have a partner to make it, but with all his talent, he should own this list. Let's figure that thing out, guys.

What Gets You Played in the NBA? | Wages of Wins

This post reminds me of Game 3 of the Conference Finals. You know the one, where unheralded defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha almost single-handedly reversed the entire course of the series right before it got away from the Thunder.

Dwight Howard Dances on 'Ellen' | Ball Don't Lie

That's just perfect. Perfect.

Insiders Discuss Jeff Green Contract | Sports Illustrated

I tend to agree with just about everything in here, sadly. Which is why I think Jeff Green's best roster spot should have been backing up Kevin Durant.

Keyon Dooling Reveals Sexual Abuse as Child | SB Nation

Keyon Dooling, who abruptly retired from the NBA last week, reveals that there were some deep reasons for his moving on with his life, and much support and encouragement goes to him for taking a step forward on this sensitive topic.