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Daily Links – June 27, 2011

Reggie Jackson says he’ll give 100% ”It’s what I’ve done my whole life since being up at 5 a.m. in high school shooting to going back to the gym from about 11 to 1 at night. It’s just what I love to do. Definitely, I just want to get better every day and help the team get better.”

In Sam Presti we trust Yet here’s the thing about Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti. Because he has put the Thunder together so well, with just the right mix of athletes and personality, all of them hard workers Oklahomans clamor to get behind, you simply believe in his picks.

Coach Scott Brooks credit his hometown for his success “Scott Brooks provides so much inspiration to all the people, not only in the basketball world but to the kids in this community,” Hernandez said. “They have so many reasons to look up the guy. He bounced the ball here in Lathrop growing up just like they are right now, and it gives them hope.”

More on Coach Brooks back in his hometownAs a youth growing up in Lathrop, Brooks often would use a stick to keep the gym door ajar so he could sneak in at night and shoot baskets. His love of the game led to a 10-year NBA career and his current job as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He returned to his hometown for this weekend’s ceremony and to give something back to the community.

Nate Robinson giving back to Seattle “I wish they would bring back 3-on-3 Hoop it Up in Seattle, but it rains too much back home so we can never get the weather on our side.  Right now this is awesome. You get a lot of people out here to come support. It’s beautiful,” Robinson said.

Kevin Durant is the #1 Fantasy player according to ESPN in 2011-2012. Harden is an up-and-comer Every year, we see a few players make great strides in the playoffs and ride that confidence into a breakout in the following season. This year it was Harden, who posted averages of 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 17 postseason games. More importantly, the Thunder were at their best when Harden was on the court as the third scoring option behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Confession of a Bandwagon Fan  There was only one star in the NBA that I could immediately fall in love with (no homo, although I’m sure a few of you who have heard me gush over KD or Jonny D would beg to differ) along with his team.

More on Jackson’s introduction to the Thunder “I want to thank the Thunder organization for taking a chance on me,” he said. Jackson is humble and prides himself in his unwavering work ethic and strong desire to improve every day. He noticed those tributes and more in his new teammates while watching the Thunder closely during its run to the Western Conference Finals.

One Thunder writer thinks Jackson is Westbrook 2.0 Enter Jackson, who averaged 18.2 points and 4.5 assists as a junior with the Eagles. And because Jackson is versatile enough to play on the ball or off it, he won’t be locked into a designated position. He can spell Westbrook or Maynor or play alongside them. He can set up his teammates by delivering passes on time and on target or he can spark the Thunder with his own scoring.

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