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Enes Kanter Believes Russell Westbrook Will Retire in OKC

Russell Westbrook had one of the best NBA seasons’ of his careers, he was the second player in history to average a triple-double after Oscar Robinson.




Now that the NBA season is over, we look forward the NBA draft and free agency. This year, there are a few potential stars who can find their way to OKC, but for now. Kanter believes his leader Westbrook will retire as the best players who ever played in OKC.

​”One thing I saw about him is he’s a loyal guy. I understand he’s from L.A. He loves L.A. He goes to L.A. every summer, but he’s a loyal player. I think he’s going to finish his career in Oklahoma City.”






For now, I believe Russell will stay in Oklahoma for a few seasons, and if things don’t workout with this crew. Westbrook will be leaving OKC if the GM cannot find players, especially shooters to help Westbrook succeed.




Russell Westbrook Has Never Complained About Teammates To Front Office

Russell Westbrook has never complained about players on the Oklahoma City Thunder, either this season or in the past


Westbrook prefers to stay out of most front office affairs.

Westbrook is believed to be “very happy with the players on the team and the outlook of the roster.”

Westbrook can sign an extension worth approximately $220 million over five years this summer. Westbrook can become a free agent in 2018.

Steph Curry’s Precious Immunity

Stephen Curry becoming a superstar has been a gift to most NBA fans and a nightmare for many NBA players.

In an excerpt from Marcus Thompson’s Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry, Thompson shed a fluorescent light on Steph Curry and his peers for their apparent disgust on his “overnight success” these past few days. According to Thompson, other megastars such as LeBron James and Russell Westbrook have not been fond of the level of praise and the little to no scrutiny Stephen Curry receives.

Curry, 6’3 and 190 lbs have been able to dominate basketball games in a rare form all while playing below the rim. LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are polar opposites of Steph Curry. Westbrook is about the same size as Curry but much stronger, much faster and jumps much higher and we all know LeBron James. While James and Westbrook have a similar playing style, it’s easy for them to look down upon Curry because of his finesse and boastful celebrations. Sure, it’s fun to watch Steph shoot and turn his back to the ball before it goes in but it screams arrogance. Perhaps many players feel like Curry is lucky that he’s hidden on defense and not able to defend that boastful swagger he has on the defensive end and in the same manner as the offensive end.

Russell Westbrooks issue with Steph Curry seems to be a little more like jealousy than just a simple dislike for him. Not to say Russ is envious of Steph on a personal level but the competitor in Russ is overshadowed at every turn. Steph has two MVPs with one being a unanimous decision as well as being recognized as the best player/Point guard for the last two seasons. The resurgence of Golden State in last year’s Western Conference Finals against Oklahoma City after being down 3-1, Steph then had the upper hand in beating Russ out of the starting spot in this years all star game. Oh, and then Kevin Durant shockingly joins his nemesis in Golden state. Russ’ came into the season with a chip on his shoulder and it’s not hard to see why he wouldn’t particularly admire the guy.

LeBron James, on the other hand, has been the face of the NBA since the day he was drafted. He was anointed as the Chosen One at 16 years of age and pretty much lived up to all the hype he has received. Although LeBron’s career has been in the limelight for his amazing play and dominance, he has also been the poster child for scrutiny and criticism. All the greats have dealt with a level of scrutiny in their NBA careers and then there’s Stephen Curry. Steph didn’t quite display the insane wizardry in the Finals that he displayed in the regular season. His image as the “Face of the League” was in question but was given a pass after having an injury riddled postseason. LeBron James outplayed Stephen Curry in the 2016 NBA Finals and quickly reclaimed his title as King. He also played with a “remember me” mentality to recapture the spotlight and destroy the Curry hype.

LeBron James has been the NBA’s media darling/villain for a decade plus now and the random emergence of Stephen Curry didn’t sit well with him. The constant analytical stats ESPN and other sports news outlets share became obsessive and downright annoying to The King. However, anyone that knows the media knows that if LeBron had underperformed in the Finals, he’d never see the light of day.

Though Stephen Curry has become one of the biggest NBA stars we have ever seen on and off the court, his peers want him to be held under the same microscope they’ve been held under in all of their careers.

Schedule/TV info for Game 1s of NBA playoffs

Finally, the NBA playoffs are among us and we have interested match-ups. Below is the set matchup for Game 1 of the Eastern and Western Playoffs.

Saturday

  • Indiana at Cleveland, 3 p.m. ABC
  • Milwaukee at Toronto, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
  • Memphis at San Antonio 8 p.m., ESPN
  • Utah vs. LA Clippers TBD 10:30, p.m., ESPN

Sunday

  • Atlanta at Washington, 1 p.m., TNT
  • Portland at Golden State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
  • Chicago at Boston, 6:30 p.m. TNT
  • Oklahoma City at Houston, 9 p.m., TNT

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Players React to Russell Westbrook’s Triple-Double (LEBRON & KOBE)

The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar point guard secured his triple-double in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, giving him an NBA-record 42 during the 2016-17 season passing Oscar Robertson for most in a single season.

Everyone in Denver was cheering for Russell, even the Nuggets fans.

Even players around the league were amazed by the Brodie’s performance such as LeBron James, Kevin Love, and among others.

 

If Harden Wins….We Riot

 


If you know me at all then you know I’m very passionate about the things I believe in. Even if it’s the smallest thing in the world. For instance, I once almost ruined a friendship debating whether or not Eminem really went to high school. So, I’m not going to change my ways now.

Let me just come out and say it: RUSSELL WESTBROOK IS MVP. I repeat, RUSSELL WESTBROOK IS MVP. And If Steph Curry can be a unanimous MVP for last year’s season than Russ deserves a unanimous MVP too. You can take all your turnover stats and your free rebounds stat and whatever excuse you want and you can shove it up your ass quite frankly because this shouldn’t even be a debate anymore. The man has 41 triple-doubles currently (ties regular season record) and he’ll probably compile a few more if we’re being honest. He averages a triple-double. He holds the most points scored with a triple-double with 57. He even has “triple-double” tattooed on his right butt cheek! Okay, that’s not true but if I was him I would get that, just saying. Anyway, when we take a look at the MVP race there’s something that people seem to always forget: what “MVP” stands for. Most VALUABLE Player. I can’t think of anyone that currently fits this description more than Russ. If you take Russ off the Thunder then they may actually be worse than The Lakers. Do you take Kawhi off the Spurs? They still make the playoffs. Do you take Harden off The Rockets? They may not make the playoffs but they’d still rank higher than a Thunder team without Russ. You take Lebron off the Cavs? They would still make the playoffs! Russ got a bummy team to a 6TH SEED! I’d like to credit Billy Donovan a bit here too, but honestly, I think Russ is uncoachable. He’s just doing what he wants out there and it’s working. We are living in Westbrook’s world. Another factor to consider is how much Russ actually improved in Durant’s departure. I used to shit on Russ all the time for how he threw up bricks at the end of close games (i.e. Thunder against The Warriors – game 7 last year). He did not have a “clutch factor” as you Kobetards say. Now, how many clutch shots have we seen him hit this year? Too many to count (may not be true but I suck at math).

The point of this article is that if Russell Westbrook does not win the MVP award then I will literally start a riot outside Adam Silver’s house (even though it wouldn’t be his fault). Am I really going to do this? No, but I will construct many angry tweets and write an article on how the NBA is worse than the Third Reich. Oh, and to all of you that think Harden deserves it more….440 turnovers this year….just saying.

 

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Who has the best case for NBA MVP?

As the end of the regular season approaches, this season’s NBA MVP race is the closest one we’ve seen in years. Just in the past 3 years we’ve had Kevin Durant win it after his former teammate Russell Westbrook was injured and he had to carry the Oklahoma City Thunder on his back as the lone superstar in 2014, in 2015 Steph Curry wins the award after he leads his team to a 67-15 record and in 2016 becomes the first player in NBA history to ever win it unanimously when his Golden State Warriors broke the all-time NBA regular season record and went 73-9.

Unlike the recent past NBA seasons, this year’s race has been a toss up all season long and there’s a great case for all 4 of the players it’s been narrowed down to for this discussion, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Lebron James. An honorable mention is Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics who is averaging 29 pts, 2.6 rebounds, and 6 assists per game, as well as completely blowing by what was expected of the team this season and as of now are the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference.

Lebron James and Kawhi Leonard are the 2 least likely to win the award out of the four considering how little the media is covering them as MVP candidates compared to Westbrook and Harden and the great talent they have around them. However, they are both having spectacular seasons and are fully qualified and worthy of the discussion. Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and reigning NBA Champion is considered by many the best basketball player in the world and is currently holding the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference and averaging 26 ppg, 8.4 rpg, and 8.8 apg which is an improvement from his last 2 seasons and considering he is now 32 years of age, it’s simply incredible. Lebron is also shooting an extremely efficient 54% from the field,  the factors holding him back from winning is that his team’s record of 45-22 this far into the season with so much talent on the roster is not impressive, he’s not been a closer in the 4th quarter, as well as the fact he’s won the award 4 times and voters seem to take his stats for granted since it’s a standard they already hold him to and expect.

The San Antonio Spurs, on the other hand, are having a spectacular season currently in the 2nd seed of the Western Conference and creeping up on Golden State as their star player Kawhi Leonard is having the best season of his career and showing glimpses of taking over game’s in the 4th quarter like an MVP should. With him taking control into his own hands when games are at stake, being the 2nd seed in the west, averaging  26.4 ppg, 6 rpg, and 3.5 apg, grabbing 2 steals a game and shooting 48% from the field it’s not hard to see why he’s one of the leaders in this race, he is also the best 3 point shooter statistically out of the 4 players.

As for James Harden and his Houston Rockets, they have by far exceeded expectations. After a Mediocre 41-41 record in the 15-16 season, and a season-long issue with Dwight Howard on the roster, the Rockets implemented changes that many were sceptacle about. Some of these changes include hiring Mike D’Antoni as their head coach after his infamous Laker’s run as coach, as well as moving Harden into the Point guard position, but they’ve made it work. The Rockets are currently the 3rd seed in the Western Conference and have already exceeded their wins from last season, considering they added no superstars during the off season and made bold changes, the season has overall been a success. James Harden has carried the Rockets and been the player they need him to be, this season he’s recorded 18 triple doubles and 2 of them with 50+ points which is nothing short of spectacular, as well as recording the most 40-point triple doubles in a season in NBA history. He is averaging 29.1 ppg, 8 rpg, 11.2 apg, and getting to the free throw line an average of 11 times a night. Any other season this might be no debate and Harden would run away with the award, his 3rd seed and the fact the Thunder were in the 7th seed for a long duration this season gave James Harden the edge over Westbrook in the MVP conversation for a long time.

Last but definitely not least, Russell Westbrook by far is having the most historic season out of any candidate. After his ex co-star Kevin Durant left him and the Oklahoma City Thunder high and dry for the Golden State Warriors. All eyes were on Westbrook to see how he’d respond on the court, and what we’ve gotten is nothing short of legendary. Up until the trade deadline Russell Westbrook had the least talent around him out of the other candidates and had the biggest load of carrying the team on his back. During the offseason Thunder fans had new hope as Russell signed an extension with the team, in return Thunder GM Sam Presti acquired the talents of Taj Gibson and young prospect Doug McDermott to help out before the deadline in February. The Majority of the season has been an up-hill battle as they were stuck in the 7th seed for quite some time and injuries to key players on the roster like Enes Kanter and Victor Oladipo occurred. As of now Russell Westbrook and his Thunder have found themselves out of the 7th seed and climbing up the Western Conference and every spot they go up only increases his chances to be voted for. Russ has been averaging a Triple Double season-long and is the only player to do so since Oscar Robinson in 1962. Recently passing Wilt Chamberlain, for the 2nd most triple doubles in a season currently at 34. In this day and age the fact he’s averaging a triple double this far into the season and is projected to finish the season doing so, is simply unheard of and beyond incredible. The amount of rebounds he is averaging at 6’3 having 10.5 rpg is one of the feats that stick out the most, along with 10.4 apg, it’s no question why he’s Allen Iverson’s pick to win MVP. Westbrook is also leading the league in scoring with 31.7 ppg and having the 2nd highest scoring game so far this season with 58 points. Despite many claiming the season had become predictable because of Golden State’s acquisition of Kevin Durant and the finals being written on the wall, the MVP race has been the most intriguing and close one we’ve had in years. All of these players mentioned have a strong case going for them and at the end of the day voters will have to take into account history being made as well as team successes and decide just who exactly is the most valuable player to their team.

 

Mark Cuban Doesn’t Put Westbrook in MVP Discussion

Mark Cuban continues to discount Westbrook’s performance


On Sunday, Cuban said that the MVP battle is a “toss-up” between James Harden and LeBron James, with Kawhi Leonard also deserving of mention in the conversation.

Cuban was then asked where Westbrook is in his consideration for MVP.

“He’s not,” Cuban claimed.

Although Mark Cuban claimed that Westbrook is “an amazing athlete” who is the “most explosive” player in the league and has the “best motor”, He did state that “The criteria hasn’t changed,” Cuban said. With a wry smile, he added: “And if I changed my mind, it would ruin all the fun for you guys.”

Cuban has consistently claimed in the past that he doesn’t consider Westbrook to be one of the NBA’s superstars.

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2017 NBA TRADE DEADLINE: Winners and Losers

2017 NBA TRADE DEADLINE: Winners and Losers


This year NBA trade deadline was not as big as others in the past year. The only big name star that was traded was DaMarcus Cousins. Other than him, regular role players were traded before Thursday 12 pm pacific time. Other super star names that we were expecting to hear was Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo, and even Blake griffin.  None of these teams did much to make them better for the 2nd half of the season. The Clippers are still stuck in the same place, just like the Bulls, Pacers, and Knicks.
Below, are all the trades that happen during the past few days.

nba trade deadline

Sacramento Kings
Traded DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi
Received: A BAG OF CHIPS JK, Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, future 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick
New Orleans Pelicans
Traded: Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, future 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick
Received: DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi (Was waive Friday afternoon)
Dallas Mavericks
Received: Nerlens Noel
Traded: Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a top 18 protected first round pick

Philadelphia 76ers
Received: Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a top 18 protected first round pick (Sixers might negotiate a buyout from Bogut)
Traded: Nerlens Noel, Ersan Ilyasova

Atlanta Hawks
Received: Ersan Ilyasova
Traded: Tiago Splitter, Mike Scott

Phoenix Suns
Received: CASH, 2017 & 2018 second-round picks in the Tucker trade
Traded: Mike Scott, PJ Tucker

Toronto Raptors
Received: Serge Ibaka, Jared Sullinger, and two future 2nd round picks from Suns
Traded: PJ Tucker

Orlando Magic
Received: Terrence Ross and a 2017 1st pick
Traded: Serge Ibaka

Oklahoma City Thunder
Received: Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson
Traded: Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow, and a 2018 second round pick

Chicago Bulls
Received: Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow, and a 2018 second round pickTraded: McDermott and Gibson

Houston Rockets:
Received: Lou Williams, Huertas (MOST LIKELYWOULD BE WAIVE)
Traded: K.J. Mc Daniels, Tyler Ennis

Los Angeles Lakers:
Received: Corey Brewer, Tyler Ennis
Traded: Lou Williams, Huertas

Denver Nuggets:
Received: Roy Hibbert
Traded: 2nd round pick to Milwaukee and CASH

Milwaukee Bucks
Received: 2nd round pick to Milwaukee and CASH
Traded: Roy Hibbert

Overall, this year trade deadline was a disappointment like last years. No super star was traded to a team that would have potential to knock off the Cavaliers or the warriors. There was no huge block trade that could potentially shake up the NBA.

NBA’s Most Valuable Teams 2017

Forbes List of The NBA Most Valuable Teams 2017


You may ask, How much are each team worth?

Well recently, Forbes release their annual list of the most valuable teams in the NBA. It might be surprising how teams who are doing so bad in the NBA, still be so valuable even with a awful winning record.

  1. New York Knicks
    • Current Value: $3.3 Billion
    • Revenue: $376 Million new york knicks
  2. Los Angeles Lakers
    • Current Value: $3.0 Billion
    • Revenue: $330 million
  3. Golden State Warriors
    • Current Value: $2.6 Billion
    • Revenue: $305 Million
  4. Chicago Bulls
    • Current Value: $2.5 Billion
    • Revenue: $232 Million
  5. Boston Celtics
    • Current Value: $2.2 Billion
    • Revenue: $200 Million
  6. Los Angeles Clippers
    • Current Value: $2.0 Billion
    • Revenue: $185 Millionclippers
  7. Brooklyn Nets
    • Current Value: $1.8 Billion
    • Revenue: $223 Million
  8. Houston Rockets
    • Current Value: $1.65 Billion
    • Revenue: $244 Million
  9. Dallas Mavericks
    • Current Value: $1.45 Billion
    • Revenue: $194 Million
  10. Miami Heat
    • Current Value: $1.35 Billion
    • Revenue: $210 Million
  11. Cleveland Cavalierscavaliers
    • Current Value: $1.2 Billion
    • Revenue: $233 Million
  12. San Antonio Spurs
    • Current Value: $1.175 Billion
    • Revenue: $187 Million
  13. Toronto Raptors
    • Current Value: $1.123 Billion
    • Revenue: $193 Million
  14. Phoenix Suns
    • Current Value: $1.1 Billion
    • Revenue: $173 Million
  15. Sacramento Kings
    • Current Value: $1.075 Billion
    • Revenue: $164 Million
  16. Portland Trail Blazers
    • Current Value: $1.05 Billion
    • Revenue: $178 Million
  17. Oklahoma City Thunder
    • Current Value: $1.025 Billion
    • Revenue: $187 Million
  18. Washington Wizardswashington wizards
    • Current Value: $1.0 Billion
    • Revenue: $155 Million
  19. Orlando Magic
    • Current Value: $920 Million
    • Revenue: $166 Million
  20. Utah Jazz
    • Current Value: $910 Million
    • Revenue: $164 Million
  21. Detroit Pistons
    • Current Value: $900 Million
    • Revenue: $172 Million
  22. Denver Nuggets
    • Current Value: $890 Million
    • Revenue: $157 Million
  23. Atlanta Hawks
    • Current Value: $885 Million
    • Revenue: $169 Million
  24. Indiana Pacers
    • Current Value: $880 Million
    • Revenue: $157 Million76ers
  25. Philadelphia 76ers
    • Current Value: $800 Million
    • Revenue: $140 Million
  26. Memphis Grizzlies
    • Current Value: $790 Million
    • Revenue: $155 Million
  27. Milwaukee Bucks
    • Current Value: $785 Million
    • Revenue: $146 Million
  28. Charlotte Hornets
    • Current Value: $780 Million
    • Revenue: $158 Million
  29. Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Current Value: $770 Million
    • Revenue: $154 Million
  30. New Orleans Pelicans
    • Current Value: $750 Million
    • Revenue: $156 Million

 

These are the NBA most valuable teams list from Forbes 2017.

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