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Thunder Buddies Podcast: How close is the MVP race between Kevin Durant and LeBron James?

by Anthony Slater Modified: March 5, 2014 at 3:20 pm •  Published: March 5, 2014
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Welcome to the home of our newly created Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team.

Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy:

Thunder Buddies – 03/05 (<–Click there) - Has LeBron James closed the gap in the MVP? Does the Thunder have a fatal flaw that could eliminate them come late in the playoffs? We are joined by former OU receiver and current radio analyst PJ Mills to discuss some hot hoops topics.

Archive

Thunder Buddies – 02/25 - Kendrick Perkins is out up to six weeks with a groin injury. Is this concerning for the Thunder? Where could it be beneficial? We have an emergency podcast to discuss.

Thunder Buddies – 02/21 - We recap the Thunder’s disappointing loss to Miami, going over which developments mattered and which ones didn’t. Then we talk about potential buy-out options for the Thunder and Darnell reveals his best All-Star weekend story.

Thunder Buddies – 02/10 - With the season past its halfway point, we revisit our Finals picks and alter our projections. Has OKC become the favorite to win it all? Who can challenge them in the West? Will Indiana upend Miami in the East? And what is the best city for All-Star weekend?

Thunder Buddies – 02/04 - We’re joined by CBA expert Jon Hamm, who breaks down a variety of Thunder related topics. We chat about the James Harden trade, the possibility of amnestying Kendrick Perkins, the possibility OKC could make a deadline deal and throw out some trade ideas.

Thunder Buddies – 01/31 - A couple days removed from the Thunder’s huge win in Miami, we discuss how monumental the benching of Kendrick Perkins really was. And will it become a trend moving forward? Also, we debate whether or not Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook got snubbed from the All-Star game and give our Super Bowl predictions.

Thunder Buddies – 01/20 - We talk about the Thunder’s recent hot streak and the incredible play of Kevin Durant. Then, we stage the inaugural “I’m a better GM than you” fantasy draft.

Thunder Buddies – 01/15 - We talk about the Thunder’s recent struggles, what they can do to combat them, if it’s time for Scott Brooks to put Steven Adams in the starting lineup and if there are any intriguing names on the open market that the Thunder should jump on.

Thunder Buddies – 01/06 - Former Thunder player and 10-year NBA veteran Desmond Mason joins the podcast, reminiscing about his career, giving his best Gary Payton story and talking some Thunder hoops.

Thunder Buddies – 12/30 - We’re a few days away from the surprising Russell Westbrook injury news. What’s our general reaction to it? Are the Thunder being overly cautious? Also, we play contender and pretender among the Western Conference’s upper echelon.

Thunder Buddies – 12/20 - We give our perspectives on what happened between Kendrick Perkins and Joakim Noah after Sunday night’s game. Plus, we examine if this is the best Thunder team ever and where KD ranks in the current MVP landscape.

Thunder Buddies – 12/09  - We recap the Thunder’s best win of the season against Indiana, preview their upcoming schedule and give our favorite road cities and venues in the league. Plus, Berry continues to try and defend his terrible Grizzlies to the Finals pick.

Thunder Buddies 11/26  - Fresh off an easy 3-0 week, the Thunder is set for its biggest test of the season on Wednesday against the Spurs. We preview that game, talk about the decision to rest Russell Westbrook, discuss LeBron James’ impending free agency and much more.

Thunder Buddies 11/19 - After a disappointing road trip, the Thunder returns home for an appealing six-game homestand. We discuss the upcoming games, as well as Serge Ibaka’s All-Star candidacy, Russell Westbrook’s mean mug and the Blazers playoff chances.

Thunder Buddies 11/12  - As the Thunder get set to start a telling early-season road trip, with road dates against the Clippers and Warriors, we assess where they are at through six games, what they need to improve on and why in the world Berry Tramel still thinks the Grizzlies will win the West.

Thunder Buddies 11/5 - Russell Westbrook is back, but the Thunder offense is still struggling. Is it time to hit the panic button? Or can it just be chalked up as an early season lull. We discuss all that and more on this week’s episode of Thunder Buddies.

Thunder Buddies – 10/29 - The NBA season is finally upon us, with the Heat-Bulls tipping it off tonight and the Thunder opening in Utah on Wednesday. Has Steven Adams won the backup center job? Who is the best 2-guard in the league? What percentage chance do the Thunder have of winning the West? We talk all that and more on this week’s episode.

Thunder Buddies – 10/24 - The preseason is finally over, but it left us with plenty to talk about. On this week’s show, columnist Berry Tramel joins us in studio to chat about the Thunder’s biggest disappointment over the past couple weeks, who everybody likes coming out of the West and whether Darnell will ever change his tune when it comes to Steven Adams’ potential role this season.

Thunder Buddies – 10/16 - Is Kevin Durant the MVP favorite heading into the season? Is OKC’s recent three-point struggles a cause for concern? Will Darnell ever give Jamal Crawford and the Clippers the rightful praise they deserve? We explore all that in more in our second episode.

Thunder Buddies – 10/09 - In our initial show, we discuss the Thunder’s recent overseas preseason trip, what we learned and what we’ve still yet to find out. Also, we throw out some intriguing Thunder-related over/unders before both giving our most overrated team for the upcoming NBA season.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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