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Dynasty talk is fun, but it lacks merit until Thunder wins first championship

General manager Sam Presti like enthusiastic comments from James Harden. But plenty of good NBA teams failed to win a title.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 24, 2012

And even if Harden and Serge Ibaka remain in Thunder blue for several years, a championship is not guaranteed, much less several. All kinds of wondrous NBA teams never lifted the O'Brien Trophy. The Elgin Baylor Lakers. The Karl Malone Jazz. The Steve Nash Suns never even won the West.

So dynasty talk is way premature.

“We have a long way to go as an organization before we start talking about things in those terms,” Presti said Sunday. “Part of what I love about James is his confidence. But at the same time, as I've said before, this organization has to be thinking about how we do things and not point to what we want to do.

“It's what served us well in the past, I think it's important for us to understand that every year is unique. The year we had was fantastic. But we need to turn the page. We need to take a builder's mentality to next season and understand that the only thing we're entitled to is the same number of days to improve as every other team in the NBA.”

Dynasty is a fun concept, to think that Oklahoma City could rule basketball the way Boston or Los Angeles or Chicago have over the last 50 years.

But before the Thunder can win a series of titles, it has to win one. And as we saw last week, that will be hard enough.

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