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    Quote Originally Posted by AFCEastFan View Post
    True. As you mention, high draft picks certainly don't guarantee success. OKC's front office certainly deserves credit.

    The Nets also had the misfortune of having their most recent #1 overall pick in one of the worst entry drafts of all time. OKC happened to have their #2 overall pick when a transcendent talent like Durant was available. They also had their pick of a strong litter when they chose Westbrook, as Kevin Love was still available IIRC.
    Yep, Love went 5th. The Sonics lucked out because the Heat chose Michael Beasley and Minny chose OJ Mayo.

    Just imagine if the Heat had chosen Love instead of Beasley. They never wouldve needed to clear all that cap to sign Bosh & LeBron and couldve focused on just signing LeBron.

    Wade, Love & LeBron with a deeper bench. Oh well.

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    What I like about Durant is he has the build of the players in the 80s. Long, lanky, no muscle definition. Looks like he never lifted a weight in his life.

    I wonder if he consciously avoids the weight room so it doesnt mess with his shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMC View Post
    Yep, Love went 5th. The Sonics lucked out because the Heat chose Michael Beasley and Minny chose OJ Mayo.

    Just imagine if the Heat had chosen Love instead of Beasley. They never wouldve needed to clear all that cap to sign Bosh & LeBron and couldve focused on just signing LeBron.

    Wade, Love & LeBron with a deeper bench. Oh well.
    Miami with Love would have been scary.

    No such what-ifs for the Nets in that 2000 draft. Ugh . . . what a horrible group of players. Jamal Crawford was by far the best player taken in the top 10 (right after Chris Mihm, lol). And he's not exactly a franchise-changer.

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    I think you might see a bunch of Norris Cole for the heat Thursday night. He has the quickness to keep up with westbrook on the defensive end. Chalmers is too slow to guard him as is wade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe W. Namath View Post
    What I like about Durant is he has the build of the players in the 80s. Long, lanky, no muscle definition. Looks like he never lifted a weight in his life.

    I wonder if he consciously avoids the weight room so it doesnt mess with his shot.
    He lifts. They all do. He just doesnt do deadlifts and squats.

    http://www.stack.com/video/654633400...urant-Workout/

    He needs it if he wants that frame to hold up for 12 more years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFCEastFan View Post
    Miami with Love would have been scary.

    No such what-ifs for the Nets in that 2000 draft. Ugh . . . what a horrible group of players. Jamal Crawford was by far the best player taken in the top 10 (right after Chris Mihm, lol). And he's not exactly a franchise-changer.
    That's one of the things that sucks about the NBA, there can go complete drafts that are utter crap. Not a single 1st rounder from the 2000 draft made an All NBA team, and only 1 in the entire draft, Michael Redd in 2nd round made it. Only he, Martin, and Jamaal Magloire ended up making an all star team. That's ridiculous.

    There's so many kids playing basketball in the US and abroad yet there are so few that are at an elite level. I wonder if it's a height thing.

    NBA level height is a genetic anomaly and its tough to combine that with athleticism and skill.
    Last edited by SMC; 06-13-2012 at 11:22 AM.

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    Who you guys like tonight? Ill say thunder by 10. It will be close for 3 1/2 quarters but the thunder will pull away down the stretch. The heat will not get up early on the thunder this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    It is not about picking at the top of the draft. It is about picking at the top of the draft at the right time.

    In sports it pays to suck at the right time. Spurs with Duncan, Cavs with Lebron, OKC with Durant and Westbrook. Bulls with Rose. Colts with Manning and Luck. Etc, etc.
    How bout the Nationals with Strasburg and Harper.

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    Thunder all the way

    The way the media slobbers over the Heat down here has made me hate them.

    also I never thought this was possible but Heat fans are worse then Dolphin fans

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    Heat by 2. Get Durant in early foul trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr726 View Post
    Heat by 2. Get Durant in early foul trouble.
    What a moronic 2nd foul by Westbrook, especially with the Durantula already having 2.

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    OKC chipping away here. Very similiar to game 1. Heat are playing more bench guys today. Looks like they are trying to save some energy for the 4th.

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    Here comes the Thunder. James Harden kept them in this game singlehandedly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brady's a catcher View Post
    What a moronic 2nd foul by Westbrook, especially with the Durantula already having 2.
    The only way the Heat can win OKC is by keeping Durant in foul trouble. Westbrook will try to take over and will have too many to's.

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    Durant is having trouble scoring. The thunder are gonna need to come out like a bat out of hell for the 3rd quarter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe W. Namath View Post
    Here comes the Thunder. James Harden kept them in this game singlehandedly.
    You were def a wrestler.

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    Lebron made the buckets when it counted. He gets the credit tonight. The bank and the 2 free throws keep the heat ahead.

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    Awful non-call by the officials at the end of the game. Durant was clearly fouled and should have been shooting free throws. Officiating in the NBA is the worst by far of all 4 major sports.

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    I don't understand why the Thunder get off to such sluggish starts. Just dig themselves huge holes...

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    Jeff Van Gundy is losing all credibility. This was a guy who pulled no punches when he was a head coach and now all of a sudden he's become the biggest defender of these corrupt and incompetent NBA officials. A blind man could have seen Durant was clearly fouled on the last shot of game 2 but leave it to JVG to try explain away magic bullet theory-esque how an official standing right in front of the play could have not called it. What a farce.

    He must be posturing for head coach or front office job somewhere.

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