Author - Chuck Chaney

Game Day: Preseason #1 at Dallas

Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0) at Dallas Mavericks (0-0)

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TV: NBATV (Cox 256, Directv 216, Dish 156)
Online Stream: Here
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa

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Saturday’s View From Loud City

To get you ready for the season. Here is an awesome video of the Thunder’s top 10 plays from last season. Enjoy Thunder fans.

Oh, if you’re tempted, I saw tickets on Stubhub for $4!. Make your way down to Dallas, show them how the Thunder fans travel.

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3-on-3 Let’s Talk Northwest Division

With the season just 9 days away, got some of my colleagues to go over the Northwest Division.

Oklahoma City will win the divison

Derek James, 612sports.net: True. I’m not sure it will be particularly close either because of the advantage they have in talent compared to the other teams in the division. Their closest competitors – the Jazz and the Blazers – could both potentially be rebuilding by the trade deadline and likely have a ceiling Read More

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Thunder to hold open practice tonight

Oklahoma City Thunder to hold an open practice tonight at Putnam City West High school. PC West high school is off NW 23rd and Council Road. Just out by the lake. It’ll be on your left side as you head west towards the school.

The practice will take place between the girl’s and boy’s varsity basketball games tonight. PC West is scheduled to host PC North. Girl’s game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Seating is EXTREMELY limited. So get there early. I’m talking 5 p.m.

UPDATE: I’ve been notified by PC West official, that the game is sold out. Ryan Aber also reported it in today’s paper.

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Thunder Links – December 16, 2011

<a href=”http://newsok.com/tnts-nba-analysts-say-oklahoma-city-thunder-must-settle-russell-westbrook-situation/article/3632323″ target=”_blank”>TNT’s Analysts talk about the Thunder</a>. Charles Barkley said: I think there is so much uncertainty in the West (conference). They are one of the four best teams in the West. … But you’ve got to look at their youth and they’ve got to answer the big elephant in the room thing — the Westbrook thing. (<a href=”http://newsok.com/tnts-nba-analysts-say-oklahoma-city-thunder-must-settle-russell-westbrook-situation/article/3632323″ target=”_blank”>cont…</a>)

<a href=”http://www.opposingviews.com/i/sports/fantasy-nba/2011-nba-fantasy-basketball-preview-oklahoma-city-thunder” target=”_blank”><!–more–>Opposing View’s season preview</a>. The shooting guard situation over at OKC is going to something to watch. Last season’s playoff run allowed us to see what happens when <strong>James Harden </strong>gets a lot more usage by his coach. His impressive post-season performance has marked him as a potential starter in the Thunder’s future. (<a href=”http://www.opposingviews.com/i/sports/fantasy-nba/2011-nba-fantasy-basketball-preview-oklahoma-city-thunder” target=”_blank”>cont…</a>)

<a href=”http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7353823/thunder” target=”_blank”>Grantland’s Season Preview. (by far the best one yet)</a>. Which, given that this is a franchise that was uprooted just four years ago, following a 20-62 season, and moved to a city without deep basketball roots, is pretty remarkable. I don’t know what would happen to the Thunder’s connection to the city if, say, they coughed up a losing season this year, or if one fateful morning Durant were to call up a radio station and say he wanted to play for the Knicks. (<a href=”http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7353823/thunder” target=”_blank”>cont…</a>)

<a href=”http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/15/2011-12-preview-oklahoma-city-thunder” target=”_blank”>NBC’s season preview, short and sweet</a>. <strong>Best-Case Scenario:</strong> The slimmed-down Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka are one of the best defensive frontcourts in the league.  Russell Westbrook continues to be one of the league’s most most explosive and productive point guards while improving his shot selection and becoming a more efficient player. (<a href=”http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/15/2011-12-preview-oklahoma-city-thunder” target=”_blank”>cont…</a>)

<a href=”http://newsok.com/thunder-okc-needs-to-start-games-the-way-it-ends-playing-good-defense/article/3632497″ target=”_blank”>Newsok’s John Rohde wrote a really good article on OKC’s defense</a>. In the third and fourth quarters of games last season, opponents shot 43.6 percent and 42.3 percent from the field. That’s extremely good. Overtime was even better, when opponents shot 37.1 percent against the Thunder. If OKC can maintain its defensive course in the second half and find its path in the first half, a world title might be in the offing. (<a href=”http://newsok.com/thunder-okc-needs-to-start-games-the-way-it-ends-playing-good-defense/article/3632497″ target=”_blank”>cont…</a>)

Read more: <a href=”http://newsok.com/thunder-okc-needs-to-start-games-the-way-it-ends-playing-good-defense/article/3632497#ixzz1giaxdm73″>http://newsok.com/thunder-okc-needs-to-start-games-the-way-it-ends-playing-good-defense/article/3632497#ixzz1giaxdm73</a>

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Air Congo Takes Flight

Serge Ibaka was something special his rookie year. He exploded late in the season and made a big push to be a starter over Nenad Krstic. Final month of season, Ibaka averaged 10.0 points per game, along with 7.4 rebounds. Also averaged 1.9 blocks. In the playoffs, he just was a dominate force against the Los Angeles Lakers. In Game 2 of the First round against LA, Ibaka had 7 blocks.

Then, last season. Ibaka didn’t start until late in the season when Jeff Green was trade. As a starter, Ibaka became more of a force inside. Read More

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Thunder Links – December 15, 2011

We’re just 3 days away from the first preseason game.

We’re 10 days away from the first game of the regular season. I’m so excited, I’m having trouble sleeping.

Raptor Rapture’s OKC Thunder previewWhy The Thunder Will Win The Title:  The Thunder have the perfect combination of dynamic guards, a superstar scorer at swingman and hard playing, defensively sound post players in Nick Collison, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. Combine that with a loud building at home and an extra year of experience and the Thunder have a serious arguement for being a favorite in the West. (cont…)

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Meet Lazar Hayward

Welcome Lazar Hayward to the Oklahoma City Thunder. What do we know about Hayward? Well, we know he is from Marquette. He was the 30th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He’s from Buffalo, New York. Nick name is “Big Money.” He competed in the World University games while attending Marquette.  However, one negative thing we know he was a defensive liability and a poor shooter for the season.

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Thunder Acquire Lazar Hayward

The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired Lazar Hayward from the Minnesota Timberwolves for  two conditional second-round draft picks and guard Robert Vaden. For those who care, the Timberwolves immediately waived Vaden.

“We are excited to be able to add Lazar to our organization,” Sam Presti said in a release. “Lazar is someone who we followed closely through the draft process and identified as a potential fit for the culture and identity that we are continuing to build in Oklahoma City. Read More

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Thunder Add Ryan Reid to Camp Roster

Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has added forward Ryan Reid to the training camp roster.

Reid (6-8, 235), drafted 57th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft was acquired by Oklahoma City in a draft night trade with Indiana. In his second season with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League, the Florida State product was averaging 11.8 points on 50.6% (39-77 FG) shooting from the floor, 8.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steal and 34.3 minutes in eight games (all starts).

The Oklahoma City Thunder roster now stands at 18.

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