Kevin Durant breaks Oklahoma’s heart

A pall was cast over the state of Oklahoma as everyone was celebrating the 4th of July.  I myself was at our small town’s Independence Day Parade when we got the news.  Kevin Durant was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not just leaving but going to the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors, with the super-record of 73-9, whom the Thunder came this close to beating in the playoffs.  The Warriors, whom Oklahoma came to know in the seven game series, the team of the below-the-belt tactics of Draymond Green.

It wasn’t the money.  Golden State offered Durant $54 million over two years, but the Thunder were offering him $201 million over five.  He apparently sees the Warriors as his best shot for a championship ring.  I should say so.  They only lost 9 games last season.  They might not lose any with Durant joining MVP Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.  The NBA suddenly becomes less competitive, less balanced, and less interesting.  With the Thunder, the team Durant has been with for his whole career and taken to the very top tier, he would have been responsible for any championship that they would win.  Now he is just joining a team that is championship-caliber without him.

As Durant’s free-agency drew near, Oklahoma became desperate to keep him.  He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.  The governor said that if he stayed she would give him a cabinet position (on sports and health or some other made-to-order commission).  Oklahoma loved “KD,” flocking to his Bricktown restaurant in their zeal  to give him more and more of their money, and KD responded with generous philanthropic gifts to local charities (including tornado relief) and fulsome expressions of appreciation for the city and the state.  So now it’s like the whole state has its collective heart broken.

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The NBA game of the year?

If you are playing football, say, and the opposing team has Superman as a player, it is going to be difficult and probably impossible to win.  The Golden State Warriors have a player, Steph Curry, with a super power.  He can sink three-point shots from virtually any place on the court, far beyond the three-point line.

In one of the best basketball games I’ve ever seen, in what some are calling the NBA game of the year, the Oklahoma City Thunder played Golden State (which has only lost 5 games all season) and actually led for most of the game.  It would have won, if a foul in the last .7 second didn’t result in two free throws that let the Warriors tie the game and sent it into overtime.

But Curry kept launching those three-point shots, bringing the Warriors back into the game again and again, tying the NBA record with 12 three-pointers.  And in the very last moments, Curry shot from what looked like 6 feet back from the three-point line.  It went in smoothly, and the Warriors won the game 121-118.

But I was proud of the Thunder, who gave the Warriors their toughest game all season, even if they did have someone with super powers on their team. [Read more…]

Sports figure comes out of the closet

A noted sports figure came out of the closet.  Not Jason Collins of the NBA saying he is gay.  ESPN commentator Chris Broussard revealing himself to be a Christian, something far more controversial than what Collins did. [Read more…]


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