Is OKC a big league city now? It appears they are. Going to the NBA Finals will do that for you. For a franchise that just four years ago won only 23 games, this is a huge turn around. Did I say huge? Monumental is probably more appropriate. It wasn’t over night, the Thunder improved each and every year. But a bunch of pundits and so called experts, ridiculed the Thunder management when Clay Bennett moved the fledgling franchise from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Even some of the players, looking at you Nick Collison, expressed their doubt of moving to a fly over state where college football is king. But for those of you lucky enough to be able to put your fanny in a seat at Chesapeake Energy Arena, you have witnessed first hand one of the loudest, rocking atmospheres in all of the Association.
Kevin Durant holding the Western Conference Championship trophy
Everyone in the whole state has been united behind the team. Whether you bleed crimson, orange or even blue and gold. And the players now recognize that as well. One reason Kevin Durant quietly signed his extension last year, in essence marrying him to OKC for the long term.
And now who is next? Miami or Boston? Teams that reside in legitimately big league cities. Well now it’s time to prove they belong. To prove they are not only a big league city, but a big league state.
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Why not? Why is he not getting more play? After winning MVP of the All-Star game I really thought this talk would heat up. Kevin Durant is arguably the best scorer in the Association right now. Who else, besides maybe Kobe, would you want to have the ball in the final minutes. He has what Skip Bayless calls clutch gene. Look at last night. The Thunder looked lethargic, slow, just going through the motions for three quarters. Then the final quarter arrives, the Thunder down 11 to start and before you know it Durant single handily brought his team back scoring 18 points for a 105-102 win on the road. How can you argue with that? He repeatedly does that game in game out. The Thunder also have the best record in the league, although by a slim margin.
All-Star MVP Kevin Durant
I don’t see how they don’t cruise through the Western Conference in a head on collision with either the Miami Heat or Chicago Bulls in the finals. And my money would be on the Heat not the Bulls With the Heat imploding to the young Thunder again. And KD should be the front runner for MVP. You can argue for Lebron James, but he is surrounded by another super star in Dwayne Wade. Although Russell Westbrook is no bum. But he is not a top five player like Wade is. We will see how it plays out, but I think Durant will push people to talk about him more and more in the second half of this shortened season.
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