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.

Valley of the Sun writer Ryan Weisert wrote about the OKC Thunder. The Thunder were last season’s team on the rise. Behind the transcendent play of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City grabbed the 4th seed and hosted their first playoff series. The strength of the team was their ability to score from both the floor and the free throw line. Continue the rest here…

Five Christmas gifts Thunder fans can’t buy. Fast Start – The first game of the year is Christmas Night against the Orlando Magic at home. A sold out crowd will surely greet the team in Chesapeake Energy Arena at 7 p.m. CT for the nationally-televised game. The Thunder need to pound the Magic early and often. After that, winning their next several games in a row would be a great gift too. Read the other four here.

Nate Tibbetts, Tulsa 66er coach hired as Cavs assistant. He guided the Tulsa 66ers to the D-League playoffs in each of his first two seasons. The 66ers led all teams with three NBA call-ups last season. Tibbetts has been coaching in the development league since 2007 with Tulsa and the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

KD’s new weatherman shirt. You should have already seen the Nike Zoom KD IV “Weatherman” sneakers, inspired by Kevin Durant’s childhood dreams of forecasting the weather on national television. When you pick up those kicks—they’ll be in stores Dec. 10—you’ll also have the option of grabbing the tee above, which will be available at Footlocker House of Hoops locations nationwide.

Training camp may be delayed three more days. Adrian Wojnarowski reports from yahoo sports

The league office was polling team executives over the past 48 hours about the possibility, sources said. Despite the discussions, no final decision has been made. Friday is the first day that teams are allowed to sign free agents and make trades. Training camps, scheduled to start the same day, could be pre-empted to allow teams to assemble fuller and more complete rosters.

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