Thunder Buddies Podcast: What do you make of Kevin Durant's decision to sit out the World Cup?

Oklahoman Modified: August 19, 2014 at 5:39 pm •  Published: August 19, 2014
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Welcome to the home of our 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 - 08/19 (<-Click here) -  The NBA schedule has been released and the roadmap for the next nine months has been laid. We return from a little hiatus to break down the best games and most intriguing matchups. Plus, why did KD really pull out of the World Cuup?

Thunder Buddies - 07/16 (<-Click here) -  The Thunder's offseason hasn't been filled with sexy transactions, but a few interesting moves were made. How would we grade it? Berry Tramel returns to the show to discuss that as well as his trip to Italy.

Archive

Thunder Buddies - 07/08 - Mitch McGary had a couple decent showings in the summer league. Is Darnell Mayberry already writing his Hall of Fame speech? Yes. Yes, he is. But who else has impressed us in the Thunder's three games in Orlando? Also, what's going on with free agency?

Thunder Buddies - 06/30 - Free agency begins at midnight on Tuesday, and it could be an interesting one for the Thunder. Or not. We explore all their options, including the most intriguing (Pau Gasol? Mike Miller? Chandler Parsons?) and least intriguing (staying put).

Thunder Buddies - 06/27 - Mitch McGary with the 21st pick? Josh Huestis (Whostis?) with the 29th pick? Sam Presti, again, surprised us all with his draft night selections on Thursday. Has he found another pair of steals? Or was this a wasted draft? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 06/23 - The NBA Draft is just days away and, with the Thunder holding two first round picks, there's plenty to speculate. Should Sam Presti trade up? Trade out? Stay put and select a point guard? KOCO's Carson Cunningham joins us to sift through the possibilities.

Thunder Buddies - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency.

Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion. Who is at fault in Game 6? What's next for OKC? Who should they target in the draft? Free Agency? Finals picks? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 05/30 - Kevin Durant's postseason offensive numbers are still solid, but the regular season MVP hasn't had the same all-around impact as we saw a couple months ago. Does OKC need more out of him? Does he have another level to go? Is Scott Brooks secretly a robot. We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 05/28 - Since the last time we talked to you, the Thunder has turned its series with the Spurs and its postseason hopes completely around. Serge Ibaka valiantly returned in Game 3 and Russell Westbrook destroyed the world in Game 4. Was it his best performance ever? Did the Thunder handle Ibaka's injury poorly? Who wins this series? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 05/22 - Game 1 was bad. Game 2 was worse. Following a 35-point loss the Spurs in one of the poorest performances we've ever seen from the Thunder, we ask: What went wrong? What can they do to fix it? Will Scott Brooks make a lineup change? Or is he out of answers?

Thunder Buddies - 05/20 - The Thunder got blown out in Game 1 in San Antonio, unsuccessfully trying a variety of unique lineups and court combinations. Are there any answers out there for Scott Brooks? Or will this be a short series? Also, why does Berry Tramel hate Tim Duncan? We discuss."

Thunder Buddies - 05/17 - Serge Ibaka is out for the postseason, a potentially crippling blow to the Thunder's title hopes. How big a blow is it? Where will it affect them? Can they overcome it? Who you got in the Spurs series? We discuss it all.

Thunder Buddies – 05/14 - What are we to make of the Thunder after that wild Game 5 comeback? Is it a sign of things to come? Or are there still inherit flaws within the offense that’ll eventually lead to OKC’s downfall? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies – 05/10  - Russell Westbrook and the Thunder have taken control of their second-round series against the Clippers. Has he turned a corner with his play? Is OKC in position to now cruise to the Western Conference Finals? What could derail them?

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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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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