Berry Tramel: How the rescinded Tyson Chandler trade worked out well for the OKC Thunder

by Berry Tramel Modified: June 9, 2011 at 11:47 am •  Published: June 9, 2011
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ere is no money, so instead of a schedule and a plan, OSU is back to the fund-raising aspect, which is slow going when you get $25,000 here, $100,000 there, as opposed to $200 million here.

On Kendrick Perkins' impact on the Thunder:

The Thunder was playing very good offense but so-so defense. So they traded for Perkins. After the trade, the Thunder's offense was just as good and the defense improved dramatically (four points a game, a big jump). In the playoffs, the NBA leader in field-goal percentage, Nene, shot 14 percentage points worse against OKC than he had in the regular season. Then the Thunder beat down a team that during the regular season had roasted the Thunder in the paint with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Perk was not a good matchup for Dallas, but I don't see how things could have worked out any better.

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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...
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