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Berry Tramel: Why can't the Thunder have 'two Batmans?'

by Berry Tramel Modified: April 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm •  Published: April 28, 2011

/articleid/3562829/1/pictures/1404494">Photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0), Kevin Durant (35), and  James Harden (13) celebrate after Durant was fouled while making a basket during the NBA basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Oklahoma City Arena, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0), Kevin Durant (35), and James Harden (13) celebrate after Durant was fouled while making a basket during the NBA basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Oklahoma City Arena, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Moreso than NHL. I didn't think it would ever happen, but I was at least thinking about it. As for a 54-story skyscraper, I have two thoughts: 1. It's great for OKC. It shows commitment and status and a certain macho attitude. 2. I would actually prefer two new 27-story skyscrapers. The most impressive thing about big-time city skylines is not the heights of 3-4 buildings. It's the number of buildings that go reaching to the sky.

On the Thunder wanting to play the San Antonio because of the Spurs' 'advanced' age:

Exactly. That's the reason San Antone is vulnerable. The Spurs are a fascinating team. They look old and tired and beaten. Yet they won 60 games and spent all season as the league's premier team, until a last-week fade. We've seen a lot of teams like this. The '64 Yankees, the '68 Packers, the '70 Celtics. Teams that grew old instantly. But they did so in the off-season. I've never seen a team fall off the cliff in the post-season.

On the Top 3 stories he's covered for The Oklahoman:

Well, from a reality standpoint, I'd say: 1. The Bombing. 2. The May 3 tornadoes; 3. The NBA's move to OKC. If you don't want me to count the non-sports stuff, I'd say: 1. The NBA's move to OKC; 2. OU's 2000 national title run and the whole explosion of the Bob Stoops renaissance; 3. Eddie Sutton restoration of OSU basketball.

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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 Oklahoman,...
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