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Thunder half-time report: So far, so good

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: January 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm •  Published: January 19, 2009
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's good entertainment. But in a year or two, you would definitely expect to see some progress, at least 30 to 40 wins. I like their young players a lot, (Russell) Westbrook, (Jeff) Green, and of course, (Kevin) Durant. It's their big guys inside that are hurting them more than anything.”

Bob Bodin, 52

Oklahoma City

(college referee)

“The changes they're already making, and the draft picks, they're setting themselves up to be pretty solid in a couple of years. Fans need to be patient with a positive attitude. With the changes they're making right now with the roster, and having three first-round draft picks this next year, there's nothing but good can that come out of it. The coaching change was a huge plus. Refereeing college basketball, you can see from the intensity of the players the impact the coaching staff has had on this team.”

Diana Beck

Midwest City

(season tickets — section 307)

“It's definitely better than when the season first started. I still have some concerns about the way Scott (Brooks) does his rotations. If they're not playing well, they need to come out regardless of salary or where they were drafted. This team has great potential. They're kind of like the Hornets that first year. I think they will really improve. I know we have the potential (cap space) to get some really good players, but I like the roster we have now. We have some great guys. If you give some of them more minutes, they could step up and do great.”

“I went to every Hornets game. I haven't missed a Thunder game. It was tough at first but they've been turning it around the last few weeks. That gives you hope something good is going to happen. I really like what I see out of Kevin Durant and Sam Presti.” — Kyle Harris, 34, Edmond.

“We really enjoy the games. As long as they're giving good effort, to be honest, the wins and losses this first season don't matter. Three or four years down the road it will be different. It's just good to have them in the city. It's a good time.” — Steven Manis, Oklahoma City.

“The change of coaches was a good move. Scottie Brooks is doing an outstanding job. The last 10 to 12 games they've come together as a team. I'm very impressed. They need another big man to go with (Nenad) Krstic. I say they could get into the first round of the playoffs the year after next.” — Todd Tipton, 53, Edmond.

“It was really hard to watch a bad basketball team early. They've gotten better the past two or three weeks, but the first month was brutal. They need a lot more good players. It's going to take the ownership group to be willing (to spend money) to bring in some veterans. We can't just count on the draft.” — Don Heath, 51.

“Their point guards — (Russell) Westbrook and (Earl) Watson — are excellent. Do not get rid of Watson. Those two are the lightning to this Thunder team. They're gelling. It's coming together. They need to stay with Scott (Brooks). I see them in the playoffs in two years.” — Corkey Heiskell, 62, Choctaw.

“If we were expected to make the playoffs it would be a different story. I understand they're trying to build a team. And this way, we will get more ping pong balls (for the lottery). I want us to win, but you always get to see the best players in the world.” — Jerry Cochran, Jr., 26, Yukon.

“I like the way things have been going under the new coach, the direction the program is going. Early on it was very frustrating. But now it's a lot better. I'll definitely keep coming to the games. We knew they were young. They're just one or two players away from getting to that next level.” — Eric Shaw, 26, Oklahoma City.

“I grew up in Chicago. I'm a Cubs fan. I've been dealing with being patient all my life. I understand they're young and weren't expected to win this year. They'll be much better in the future.” — Fred Smith, 48, Oklahoma City.


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