Author - Chuck Chaney

Training Camp Headlines

Training camp starts today. As far as all my sources and knowledge, every player will be in camp. Reggie Jackson should sign this afternoon to the rookie scale agreed upon in the new CBA ($993,700 for three years). With contracts finally being able to be signed, I’ll have  some training camp headlines to watch out for after the jump.

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Nate Robinson will not return to the Thunder

Nate Robinson will no longer be apart of the Oklahoma City Thunder as a report came late Thursday evening.

Robinson’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, said Thursday night that Robinson will remain in his native Seattle while the two sides search for a solution.

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Lockout is OFFICIALLY Over

The NBA lockout that lasted 161 days is officially over. Teams will officially start training camp tomorrow.

Owners who originally locked out the players on July 1st ratified the new collective bargaining agreement by a vote of 25-5. Over 86% of the 200 players electronically voted to approve the new agreement.

The agreement is a 10 year deal in which either side can opt out of after six years if either side chose to opt out.

“It’s a new beginning in a way,” David Stern said. “It’s going to take a couple of years to work its way out, but we’re very excited about its prospects.”

It’s time for some Thunder basketball!

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Thunder Links – We didn’t want you anyways Battier Edition – December 8, 2011

Shane Battier tweeted, “Let’s go heat!!!!!” So, he’ll be playing with the heat. Which is funny, his tweet came about 28 hours or so (thanks cbssports.com for your math) before you can actually sign or talk to players about signing. Sorry Thunder fans.

KD’s rip move is no longer a shooting foul. “Rip-through” moves, in which an offensive player swings the ball into a defender’s outstretched arm and then attempts a shot once he has created contact, will be considered non-shooting fouls if the contact begins before the offensive player starts his shooting motion.” (cont…)

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Thunder Links, Schedule Edition – December 7, 2011

Very interesting story on how Clay Bennet became rich. The lack of information on Clay Bennett surprised me. How could a man who has such a high profile have so little information published on him, especially since there’s this piece of technology called “The Internet” out there? As far as I can tell, Clay Bennett materialized out of sea foam in the early 90s and began printing money. (cont…)

Ball Don’t Lie examines 10 best games to watch, OKC is #22. The Grizzlies and Thunder renew their budding rivalry. In terms of pure watchability, the seven-game Western Conference semifinals series between the Grizzlies and Thunder was the best matchup of the playoffs. There were athletic plays, great comebacks, overtime thrillers and players coming into their own right before (cont…)

Mayberry talks about KD’s top 5 commercials. You’ll be surprised in the rankings. Kevin Durant has appeared in more than 15 commercials since entering the NBA in 2007. His promotional spots are only becoming more prominent as he continues his climb as one of the game’s greats. (cont…)

Chris Minnix of SI talks about some must see games, including two Thunder games. Former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins might get the loudest ovation for a visitor since Robert Parish returned to the Garden wearing his familiar “00” on a teal Hornets uniform in 1994. More importantly (cont…)

 

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Thunder Schedule is Released

Upcoming Games
December Opponent Time
 Sun 18  @ Dallas Preseason  6:30pm
 Tue 20  vs Dallas Preseason  7:00pm
 Sun 25  vs Orlando  7:00pm
Mon 26  @ Minnesota  7:00pm
 Wed 28  @ Memphis  7:00pm
 Thu 29  vs Dallas  7:00pm
 Sat 31  vs Phoenix  7:00pm
January Opponent Time
 Mon 02  @ Dallas  7:30pm
 Tue 03  vs Portland  7:00pm
 Fri 06  vs Houston  7:00pm
 Sat 07  @ Houston  7:00pm
 Sun 08  vs San Antonio  6:00pm
 Tue 10  @ Memphis  7:00pm
 Wed 11  @ New Orleans  7:00pm
 Sat 14  vs New York  7:00pm
 Mon 16  @ Boston  7:00pm
 Wed 18  @ Washington  6:00pm
 Sat 21  @ New Jersey  7:00pm
 Mon 23  vs Detroit  7:00pm
 Wed 25  vs New Orleans  7:00pm
 Fri 27  @ Golden State  9:30pm
 Mon 30  @ LA Clippers  9:30pm
February Opponent Time
 Wed 01  @ Dallas  7:00pm
 Fri 03  vs Memphis  7:00pm
 Sat 04  @ San Antonio  7:30pm
 Mon 06  @ Portland  9:00pm
 Tue 07  @ Golden State  9:30pm
 Thu 09  @ Sacramento  9:30pm
 Fri 10  @ Utah  9:30pm
 Tue 14  vs Utah  7:00pm
 Wed 15  @ Houston  7:00pm
 Fri 17  vs Golden State  7:00pm
 Sun 19  vs Denver  7:00pm
 Mon 20  vs New Orleans  7:00pm
 Wed 22  vs Boston  6:00pm
 Thu 23  vs LA Lakers  8:30pm
 Wed 29  @ Philadelphia  6:00pm
March Opponent Time
 Thu 01  @ Orlando  7:00pm
 Sat 03  @ Atlanta  6:00pm
 Mon 05  vs Dallas  7:00pm
 Wed 07  vs Phoenix  7:00pm
 Fri 09  vs Cleveland  7:00pm
 Sat 10  vs Charlotte  7:00pm
 Tue 13  vs Houston  7:00pm
 Thu 15  @ Denver  8:00pm
 Fri 16  vs San Antonio  8:30pm
 Sun 18  vs Portland  8:30pm
 Tue 20  @ Utah  8:00pm
 Wed 21  vs LA Clippers  7:00pm
 Fri 23  vs Minnesota  7:00pm
 Sun 25  vs Miami  7:00pm
 Tue 27  @ Portland  9:00pm
 Thu 29  @ LA Lakers  9:30pm
April Opponent Time
 Sun 01  vs Chicago  12:00pm
 Mon 02  vs Memphis  7:00pm
 Wed 04  @ Miami  7:00pm
 Fri 06  @ Indiana  6:00pm
 Sun 08  vs Toronto  6:00pm
 Mon 09  @ Milwaukee  7:00pm
 Wed 11  vs LA Clippers  7:00pm
 Fri 13  vs Sacramento  7:00pm
 Sat 14  @ Minnesota  7:00pm
 Mon 16  @ LA Clippers  9:30pm
 Wed 18  @ Phoenix  9:00pm
 Fri 20  @ Sacramento  9:00pm
 Sun 22  @ LA Lakers  2:30pm
 Tue 24  vs Sacramento  7:00pm
 Wed 25  vs Denver  7:00pm
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The Evolution of James Harden

One of the keys to the Thunder season is James Harden. Harden’s number significantly increased once Jeff green was traded. Harden and everyone knows he’ll be very key as the number three scorer for the Thunder. Harden is expected to start the season as the sixth man in the rotation. Many experts expect Harden to be starting by season’s end.  Read More

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Thunder Links – December 6, 2011

Quick scheduling notes. Thunder will host Phoenix on New Year’s Eve and play at Memphis on December 28th. Schedule will be released tonight at 6 p.m. on NBATV. Follow @ThunderObsessed for the latest information on the schedule. Read More

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Thunder Links – December 5, 2011

Looks like the Shane Battier sweepstakes is leaving OKC. Free agent forward Shane Battier has narrowed his list of prospective teams from more than the original dozen or so to a handful of teams, including his current team, the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami, Indiana and Toronto, according to a league source. The 33-year-old, whose defensive skills still are among the league’s best, has been one of the most sought-after free agents since teams were allowed to discuss contract parameters last Wednesday.

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Thunder to Open up at Home vs. Magic

Kevin Durant was very vocal this summer when the original schedule was released without the Thunder playing on Christmas day. However, he’ll get his wish. Dwight Howard will bring the Orlando Magic into the newly renovated and named Chesapeake Energy Arena on Christmas Day. Game time will be 7 p.m. on ESPN. Magic finished fourth in the East last season with a record of 52-30 behind Chicago, Miami and Boston.

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