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Thunder-Spurs Remote Patrol: TNT analysts pick Thunder to win world championship

Steve Kerr: “I would give Oklahoma City a pretty good advantage over either team. This is just a terrifically talented team, and I think they are well-equipped to go on and win the NBA championship.”
by Mel Bracht Published: June 7, 2012

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*TNT captured the stirring moment of Scott Brooks addressing the team in the locker room after the game, complimenting them on team unity in rallying from an 18-point deficit.

“That's what great teams do. We have a great group of guys who believe in each other. Continue to do that.”

*It was TNT's final telecast of the season. The network earned high marks for not missing a beat on its finals coverage and having the NBA's best studio crew led by Barkley. Sideline reporter Craig Sager even got full-sentence responses from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in his first-quarter interview.

*On the “Thunder Live” postgame show, game analyst Grant Long said he was speechless after watching the tape of the trophy presentation. “I am bubbling over with excitement right now,” he said. “This is a moment that I'm going to celebrate with the players.”

*Barkley said he hoped Spurs center Tim Duncan, “the greatest power forward of all time,” would retire. “You can see him slowing down,” he said. “He's basically a jump shooter.”

*At halftime, Barkley still picked the Thunder to win because he didn't think Tony Parker could keep up his scoring onslaught.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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