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Oklahoma City Thunder: The Spurs were right to be paranoid

by Berry Tramel Modified: May 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm •  Published: May 23, 2014


photo - Thunder's Serge Ibaka, center, tells Reggie Jackson, left, to give the ball to Kevin Durant in the second half of an NBA basketball game where the Oklahoma City Thunder were defeated 95-93 by the Brooklyn Nets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Thunder's Serge Ibaka, center, tells Reggie Jackson, left, to give the ball to Kevin Durant in the second half of an NBA basketball game where the Oklahoma City Thunder were defeated 95-93 by the Brooklyn Nets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

The Thunder has had two straight postseasons – and a regular season, too – to deal with injuries in the wake of the Derrick Rose mess in Chicago. Rose suffered a torn ACL knee injury in the 2012 playoffs. He missed the entire next season, and the last few weeks of the season, including playoffs, was devoted to wide speculation on whether Rose could play, and if he didn’t, why not? It became a huge issue in Chicago, calling into question Rose’s dedication and commitment. The Bulls were complicit, because they weren’t particularly declarative themselves.

The Thunder has been declarative. Russell Westbrook hurt? He’s out, the Thunder said last spring, and Westbrook most certainly was. Ibaka hurt? He’s out, the Thunder said this spring, and it appears OKC might have jumped the gun. But the Thunder prefers that kind of sheepishness to wide speculation on when Ibaka is returning and why he hasn’t returned yet.

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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