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by Mel Bracht Published: October 24, 2008
What leading NBA analysts are saying about the Thunder and Oklahoma City

→Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN: I enjoyed going to Oklahoma City to compete and play in that arena when I was in Houston because it was such a collegiate atmosphere. I know they will do a good job in supporting a team through a tough rebuilding period. After a very mediocre first half of the year, Kevin Durant had a very strong second half. Like most teams, they need more NBA quality starters to be able to compete in the West.

→Reggie Miller, TNT: I’m glad Sam Presti did his homework and went out got my UCLA guy, Russell Westbrook. There was a lot of talk during the draft that he could go as high as two. His individual workouts were fantastic. I think Sam (Presti) and P.J. (Carlesimo) are onto something, building this franchise from the ground up. They’re in a new city. The enthusiasm is there. If they stay competitive, play hard and if they can keep that fan base, I see it as an organization going in the right direction.

→Doug Collins, TNT: I see so many teams using that Portland Trail Blazer model of building a team. You’ve got to get lucky and get a couple of great players to build around. I think the Thunder is going to get a real bump at home in terms of energy. They need to try to win some games at home and be competitive.

→Marv Albert, TNT: I think they are an improved team. I obviously don’t see them as a playoff club. We all love P.J. (Carlesimo) and certainly hope things go the other way. It’s great doing games there. It has that college atmosphere. I think the franchise is going to do extremely well at the gate. It’s just a matter of time. Obviously, there are other moves to make to surround Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and the rest of the guys.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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