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Old 06-09-2017, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Small market, shoot-first point guard, boring city... i knew from the start he wouldn't win a ring there.
Maybe if they stayed in Seattle they could attract some stars but who wants to play in OKC?
Imo he should've left in 2010, imagine what he could've done already.
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Old 06-09-2017, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Akron, OH
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I dont think that he wasted his time. OKC did have some good talent. At one time they had Westbrook, Durant, Ibaka and Harden on their team. That is some good talent. I think coaching may have been there issue.

Everybody can't be a winner, sometimes you have to take some lumps and learn how to win.
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Old 06-09-2017, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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OKC did have some good talent. At one time they had Westbrook, Durant, Ibaka and Harden on their team. That is some good talent. I think coaching may have been there issue.
2 ball hogs and 1 above average big.

I think he should've joined the Celtics in 2010, they just lost the finals against the Lakers in 7.
They probably would've won the title in 2011 with Durant.
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Old 06-09-2017, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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I think he did everything he could to make it work in OKC because he felt a connection to the team and community (he did a lot of charity work in OKC). As you say, the issue was coaching; the team never really had much of a plan other than Westbrook and Durant playing hero ball. Ibaka was whining for not seeing the ball enough, and now that it's just Westbrook you commonly see four guys just standing around on the offensive end.
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Old 06-09-2017, 04:19 PM
 
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Imagine if you could put the Thunder in the east and Lebron's teams in the west. I bet Durant gets 3-4 cracks at a title.
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Old 06-09-2017, 11:07 PM
 
Location: So California
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Imagine if you could put the Thunder in the east and Lebron's teams in the west. I bet Durant gets 3-4 cracks at a title.
Very true. The east is horrid. That may be part of why Lebron wont leave the east.

And no, he didnt waste his time, thats absurd.
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:47 AM
 
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Imo he should've left in 2010, imagine what he could've done already.
Doesn't that depend on where he would end up? It's one thing if you go to a 70+ win team but quite another if you got to a 40 or 50 win team. Had he left OKC earlier and gone to a good but not great team in the west like Portland, Utah or even the Grizzlies those teams would have become much better teams, probably 60 -63 win teams maybe but no guarantee of a ring or even a Finals appearance like he has now with the Warriors.
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Old 06-10-2017, 12:07 PM
 
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Doesn't that depend on where he would end up? It's one thing if you go to a 70+ win team but quite another if you got to a 40 or 50 win team. Had he left OKC earlier and gone to a good but not great team in the west like Portland, Utah or even the Grizzlies those teams would have become much better teams, probably 60 -63 win teams maybe but no guarantee of a ring or even a Finals appearance like he has now with the Warriors.
He would have a ring already maybe even 2 if he had joined the Big 4 in Boston.
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Old 06-10-2017, 12:24 PM
 
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He would have a ring already maybe even 2 if he had joined the Big 4 in Boston.
Probably true. He could have maybe been the one carrying the big four as the others began to decline in 2010 and beyond. But again, you can say this about any star player. Why didn't so and so team up with a 60 win team and win more championships?

I think it comes down to players really do want to go it their own in the beginning of their careers. But once they hit that half way mark, if it looks like they are not going to have the pieces around them, then they have to make a decision to go where those pieces will be. That's what Durant did. He just picked a team that IMO was too good already. I would have been okay with him going to the Spurs and that's still a very good team. But the Warriors is just a terrible decision from a PR standpoint.
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Old 06-10-2017, 01:16 PM
 
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I think it comes down to players really do want to go it their own in the beginning of their careers.
That and most of them are money hungry.
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