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Adding Mason will make OKC's team, town better

by Berry Tramel Modified: August 14, 2008 at 8:09 am •  Published: August 14, 2008
Oklahoma City's NBA team traded for Desmond Mason on Wednesday, keeping the streak alive. Mason has been part of every Oklahoma City NBA season in history.

Two years with the Hornets, now the inaugural season with the Not-the-Sonics.

And this news checks in at somewhere between marvelous and fabulous for OKC.

Mason is the kind of player, and person, every franchise can use.

The Hornets can attest to that, and so can everywhere Mason has been. The Milwaukee media at first Wednesday questioned whether Mason would be included in a trade, saying he's too good of a guy to be let go.

Nobody's too good to be traded, of course, but Milwaukee's loss is Oklahoma City's gain.

Mason is a great company man, always willing to do PR for a franchise, always willing to embrace the community.

Mason also is willing to do the dirty work on the court. He's that rare ballplayer who does everything well except what people focus on the most: shooting.

Mason's shot is a train wreck. But NBA games aren't won on style; NBA franchises aren't built on form.

Games are won and champions built on hard work and dedication and defense.

Mason plays hard.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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