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What they're saying about the Thunder ahead of the season opener

by Erik Horne Published: October 30, 2013
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Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks walks onto the court after a timeout in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Washington Wizards at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 19, 2013. Oklahoma City won 103-80. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks walks onto the court after a timeout in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Washington Wizards at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 19, 2013. Oklahoma City won 103-80. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Here’s a sampling of what some of the national media is saying about the Thunder heading into Wednesday’s season opener in Utah:

John Schumann of NBA.com said the Thunder had three of the top 10 most efficient shooters in the NBA last season. One of them is gone.

Bleacher Report: Los Angeles makes a case for why Steven Adams should start over Kendrick Perkins.

Proof that Thunder popularity is growing? Thunder games are going to be shown in Kansas City for the first time – 60 games this season — according to the Kansas City Star.

Two out of five USA Today’s HoopsHype blog writers are picking the Thunder to win the West and make the NBA Finals. Kevin Durant swept the leading scorer category.

Sean Deveney of the Sporting News says once the Thunder get Russell Westbrook back, it’ll be smooth sailing. Sporting News also listed the most beloved players in each NBA franchise’s history. Guess who was picked for OKC?

And TNT breaks in the new season with this promotional video of hoops hypotheticals, complete with Phil Jackson coaching the Knicks, LeBron James in the dunk contest and a championship for the Thunder:

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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