Daily Links – June 15, 2011

The Sports Jury reviews the season and then looks foward 5) The Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant hasn’t snuck up on anyone’s radar, but he keeps maturing and developing his game, and along with his sidekick Russell Westbrook, the Thunder have made lasting impressions on the NBA. The Thunder are among the NBA’s youngest teams, and have progressed one round further in the postseason each of the last two years. If James Harden develops into another consistent perimeter scorer, the Thunder will have a crack at achieving postseason accolades for years to come.

NBA Hangtime blog says their most compelling games of the playoffs Shaun Powell: Game 4, Oklahoma City vs. Memphis, a triple-overtime treat. A game that started Monday and ended Tuesday. A game that saw a handful of players make clutch shots and big plays. Mike Conley hits a three-pointer at the end of regulation to force OT, and when he fouls out, his replacement, Greivis Vasquez, forces another OT. Come to think of it, is this game still going on?

John Rohde says Ibaka isn’t your typical 24th pick of the draft Serge Ibaka is an anomaly. Obviously, it is not the norm to be from a family of 18 siblings, who grew up during the largest civil war in modern African history; or to be raised in a house with no electricity or running water; or to learn basketball on outdoor courts while wearing shoes with cardboard inserts to cover holes in the soles.

Thunder could move into their new facility by August The practice building, located north of Britton Road at the Broadway Extension, was originally slated for completion last August. But the interior should be ready for the team to move in by Aug. 15, and perhaps as soon as the middle of July, said Wayne Courville, Project Director for the city’s Public Works Department.

Someone put out an alternate jersey for the Thunder I like it except for the logo on the shorts.

Things looking up for Daequan Cook “Once you get the opportunity, it changes a lot of things,” he (Cook) said. “Your confidence gets better. You become more involved. Sometimes, when you’re not involved or playing as much, you don’t feel as close to the team. Getting the opportunity, you show your coach what you can do, and it helps the camaraderie between you and the team. You feel like you’re a part of it.

Nick Collison relishes the run with the Thunder “The success we had in being part of a team that won as many games as we did (55-27 regular-season mark) … to get to the Western Conference finals is the first thing that pops into my mind as the best year of my career,” he (Collison) said.

Oh, we are 15 days until the looming lockout.

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