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Thunder: Where’s Waldo? Nah. Where’s Charles?

by Jenni Carlson Published: May 31, 2012

Another glowing piece declaring Kevin Durant as the face of Team USA. ... One writer thinks Jeff Green will be the Team USA's final cut. ... Shaquille O'Neal wants to play for the Boston Celtics, according to Fanhouse.com. ... Chris Paul's top trade destination preference is Orlando. That and more in today's links: <a href="http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jul/23/kevin-durant-new-face-team-usa/"><b>Kevin Durant: The new face of Team USA</b></a>, Case Keefer, Las Vegas Sun "Durant immediately greeted the throng of spectators by bolting from the other side of the court to swat a layup attempt from Ohio State's William Buford, one of 20 college players making up the USA Basketball Select Team. Durant then seamlessly swished contested 3-point shots on each of the next two offensive possessions. Yes, there's a reason why Durant, the 21-year old Oklahoma City Thunder star, is being hailed as Team USA's headliner as it plays for a gold medal this September in Turkey at the World Championship." [caption id="attachment_2269" align="alignright" width="532" caption="Thunder forward speaks to the media during a USA basketball practice this week. AP PHOTO"]<a href="http://blog.newsok.com/thunderrumblings/?attachment_id=2269" rel="attachment wp-att-2269"><img src="http://blog.newsok.com/thunderrumblings/wp-content/imagescaler/f5aed9879257297cd903973eb08cccfc.jpg" alt="Thunder forward speaks to the media during a USA basketball practice this week. AP PHOTO" title="Kevin Durant" width="532" height="347" class="size-medium wp-image-2269" imagescaler="http://blog.newsok.com/thunderrumblings/wp-content/imagescaler/f5aed9879257297cd903973eb08cccfc.jpg" /></a>[/caption] <a href="http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/22/for-u-s-versatility-is-a-key-in-roster-selection/"><b>Jeff Green to be the last cut?</b></a>, Pete Thamel, New York Times "(Green is a) team-oriented guy, but (Kevin) Love offers more beef. Likely the final cut." <a href="http://www.nba.com/thunder/news/greenusab_100723.html"><b>Thunder, USA basketball value Green's versatility</b></a>, Chris Silva, Thunder.NBA.com "As Team USA prepares for next month’s World Championship in Turkey, the USA Basketball committee has continued to stress how much it values players who can play multiple positions. Green fits that description. And when it was learned that big men Amar’e Stoudemire (insurance on contract) and David Lee (finger) would not be able to play for Team USA this summer, it opened another window of opportunity for Green to show he’d be a good fit." <a href="http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/07/23/shaq-wants-to-wear-celtics-green/?ncid=txtlnkusspor00000002&xid=si_nba"><b>Shaquille O'Neal wants to wear Celtics green</b></a>, Tim Povtak, Fanhouse.com "Veteran free agent center Shaquille O'Neal -- the future Hall of Famer without a team -- has been lobbying the Boston Celtics aggressively, still trying to convince them that his addition would help their quest to win another NBA championship." <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5405528"><b>Chris Paul prefers Magic to Knicks</b></a>, Chris Broussard, ESPN.com "While the Knicks are still high on Paul's list, he believes the Magic, with All-Star center Dwight Howard, would be a better fit. Paul also realizes Orlando has much more to offer New Orleans in a trade and therefore believes it is a more realistic destination than New York, according to the sources." <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=5405427&campaign=rss&source=NBAHeadlines"><b>Derrick Rose wants Tracy McGrady in Chicago</b></a>, Nick Friedell, ESPNChicago.com "Tracy McGrady used to be Derrick Rose's favorite player, so it should come as no surprise that Rose wants the Chicago Bulls to sign the free agent guard/forward."

Another glowing piece declaring Kevin Durant as the face of Team USA. ... One writer thinks Jeff Green will be the Team USA's final cut. ... Shaquille O'Neal wants to play for the Boston Celtics, according to Fanhouse.com. ... Chris Paul's top trade destination preference is Orlando. That and more in today's links: <a href="http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jul/23/kevin-durant-new-face-team-usa/"><b>Kevin Durant: The new face of Team USA</b></a>, Case Keefer, Las Vegas Sun "Durant immediately greeted the throng of spectators by bolting from the other side of the court to swat a layup attempt from Ohio State's William Buford, one of 20 college players making up the USA Basketball Select Team. Durant then seamlessly swished contested 3-point shots on each of the next two offensive possessions. Yes, there's a reason why Durant, the 21-year old Oklahoma City Thunder star, is being hailed as Team USA's headliner as it plays for a gold medal this September in Turkey at the World Championship." [caption id="attachment_2269" align="alignright" width="532" caption="Thunder forward speaks to the media during a USA basketball practice this week. AP PHOTO"]<a href="http://blog.newsok.com/thunderrumblings/?attachment_id=2269" rel="attachment wp-att-2269"><img src="http://blog.newsok.com/thunderrumblings/wp-content/imagescaler/f5aed9879257297cd903973eb08cccfc.jpg" alt="Thunder forward speaks to the media during a USA basketball practice this week. AP PHOTO" title="Kevin Durant" width="532" height="347" class="size-medium wp-image-2269" imagescaler="http://blog.newsok.com/thunderrumblings/wp-content/imagescaler/f5aed9879257297cd903973eb08cccfc.jpg" /></a>[/caption] <a href="http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/22/for-u-s-versatility-is-a-key-in-roster-selection/"><b>Jeff Green to be the last cut?</b></a>, Pete Thamel, New York Times "(Green is a) team-oriented guy, but (Kevin) Love offers more beef. Likely the final cut." <a href="http://www.nba.com/thunder/news/greenusab_100723.html"><b>Thunder, USA basketball value Green's versatility</b></a>, Chris Silva, Thunder.NBA.com "As Team USA prepares for next month’s World Championship in Turkey, the USA Basketball committee has continued to stress how much it values players who can play multiple positions. Green fits that description. And when it was learned that big men Amar’e Stoudemire (insurance on contract) and David Lee (finger) would not be able to play for Team USA this summer, it opened another window of opportunity for Green to show he’d be a good fit." <a href="http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/07/23/shaq-wants-to-wear-celtics-green/?ncid=txtlnkusspor00000002&xid=si_nba"><b>Shaquille O'Neal wants to wear Celtics green</b></a>, Tim Povtak, Fanhouse.com "Veteran free agent center Shaquille O'Neal -- the future Hall of Famer without a team -- has been lobbying the Boston Celtics aggressively, still trying to convince them that his addition would help their quest to win another NBA championship." <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5405528"><b>Chris Paul prefers Magic to Knicks</b></a>, Chris Broussard, ESPN.com "While the Knicks are still high on Paul's list, he believes the Magic, with All-Star center Dwight Howard, would be a better fit. Paul also realizes Orlando has much more to offer New Orleans in a trade and therefore believes it is a more realistic destination than New York, according to the sources." <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=5405427&campaign=rss&source=NBAHeadlines"><b>Derrick Rose wants Tracy McGrady in Chicago</b></a>, Nick Friedell, ESPNChicago.com "Tracy McGrady used to be Derrick Rose's favorite player, so it should come as no surprise that Rose wants the Chicago Bulls to sign the free agent guard/forward."

Where's Charles? Running on Park Avenue!

Oklahoma City has a new preoccupation.

It’s a bit like the “Where’s Waldo?” craze — except that it involves a tall, outspoken black man.

Yep, Charles Barkley is in town.

Barkley and the rest of the TNT broadcast crew arrived in town Wednesday, and since then, there have been numerous sightings chronicled on all sorts of social media. Charles eating dinner. Charles at the hotel. Charles going for a run. That’s the photo above, posted Wednesday on the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Twitter account, @VisitOKC.

(Teaser Alert: we may have some details soon about an upcoming sighting, so stay tuned!)

Have you seen Sir Charles in OKC? If you have, we’d love to hear your stories and see your pictures. Send ‘em my way either here on the blog or via email at jcarlson@opubco.com.

 


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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