Fun, good basketball is all we can ask of OKC Thunder this season

by Berry Tramel Modified: December 22, 2008 at 10:26 am •  Published: December 22, 2008
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nday, his stat line was nothing special, by LeBron standards: 31 points, 14-of-24 shooting, seven assists, three steals, two rebounds.

But he’s so smooth and so powerful and so skilled, you really can’t believe it lest you see it in person. LeBron is one of those players who makes opposing crowds go "oooooh” even as they curse the two points he just scored against the good guys.

LeBron also is mature. He comes across as amiable, even talked about how he offered to be a sounding board for Durant, the Thunder’s second-year cornerstone.

"Being a No. 1 pick, trying to save a franchise, I’ve been in that position,” LeBron said.

Let’s not get carried away. The Cavaliers were 17-65 the year before LeBron’s arrival, but they were 35-47 in his rookie year, 42-40 his second year and have been an Eastern Conference power ever since.

So LeBron has no idea of the depths of losing that has beset Durant and comrade Jeff Green, who in one season and two months as pros are 23-87. But we appreciate LeBron’s empathy.

And his appearance. Superstars like LeBron will help make these growing pains bearable.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080. Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

by Berry Tramel
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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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