Daily Links – June 28, 2011

We’re under 60 hours until the impending lockout starts…

Which Rookie point guard can make the biggest impact Reggie Jackson – #25 Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder had promised Jackson they’d draft him and made good on their word by taking him at 25. Eric Maynor is a potential starting point guard for a PG needy team and if he’s moved, Jackson could find himself backing up Russell Westbrook in 2012. Oklahoma City clearly likes Jackson but he should be ignored in fantasy leagues heading into next season.

Oklahoma City Stole the Heat’s Thunder Reports say that Jackson’s agent tried to hide the player from teams to make sure he fell to the Miami Heat with the 31st pick. The Thunder, who usually takes the best player available, decided to go with him although he never worked out with the team.

Berry Tramel talks about the local ties that Coach Brooks has go way back  Brooks’ Oklahoma connections go beyond coaching the Durantulas to critical NBA acclaim. Turns out Brooks has a connection all the way to the hardscrabble southwest corner of the state, Hollis, where Ted Owens learned the game of basketball.

Memphis-OKC Game 4 of the Western Semi’s is up for the Game of the Year for the ESPYs. Go vote

Fox Arizona breaks down the Western Conference Oklahoma City had a late first-round pick (No. 24) and used it to grab swift Boston College point guard Reggie Jackson. The crowd at that position could allow the Thunder to use backup Eric Maynor as a trade chip to help in filling a more pressing need. Oklahoma City didn’t do much, but its best strategy for getting better may be simply getting older.

With the Lockout looming, the owners, sadly, are unified. “Our owners are thoroughly united in the need for a change and also completely behind our various proposals as we seek the compromise with the players,” Stern said during the NBA Finals.

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