Do actual Oklahomans tire of this song?
"...Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain
And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.
Oklahoma, Ev'ry night my honey lamb and I
Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk
Makin' lazy circles in the sky.
We know we belong to the land
And the land we belong to is grand!
And when we say
We're only sayin'
You're doin' fine, Oklahoma!
Meh. G-rated saccharin aside, speaking confidently for most NBA players and the press corps that follows the league, I'd have strongly preferred the Sonics had stayed in Seattle. But we are where we are, meaning tonight in OKC fans can replace hawk-watching with Kobe watching as the Lakers roll into town for the second game of what Phil Jackson calls his team's "penance," their seven game, figure skating induced road trip. It's a good time to come together as a group, realizing potential and finding their niche in the rotation. One guy who hopes to capitalize on recent signs of life is Jordan Farmar, who is working to balance the needs of the offense with his natural basketball instincts. Farmar wants to be aggressive (so does PJ), but, just as there is between stupid and clever, there's a fine line between aggressive and destructive that Farmar is walking.
It's been a tough year for the UCLA product. Is it because he's arrogant? Confident? Both? Does that hurt the Lakers or help?
But back to Oklahoma.
As the song suggests, the Thunder have indeed been doin' fine of late, winning seven of 12 and showing improvement as the season has progressed. Much of the recent run came with Kevin Durant on the sidelines, when OKC showed a little more defensive gusto. With him back, though, LA has an explosive scorer to contend with, as well as a rapidly improving Russell Westbrook. The potential for this team is indeed as high as an elephant's eye, but OKC isn't there yet. Still, LA can't screw around.
In news that should confirm that Jerry West is aging gracefully and without any mental complications, he has apparently turned down the opportunity to become the next GM of the Clippers.
In another indication of how context and perspective matter, The Daily Oklahoman asks if PJ is the greatest coach in NBA history.
In other news...
- Rumble love.
- DJ White is back with OKC.
- Loosely translated, former Sonic Mickael Gelabale has signed with the D-Fenders.
- TJ Ford has been demoted in Indiana, and is handling it well.
- Rafer Alston is saying the right things about playing in Orlando next year when Jameer Nelson returns.
- Luol Deng is struggling with a stress fracture in Chicago.
- Nate McMillan is in no hurry to push Greg Oden into more minutes.
- Kenny Natt is doing what he can in Sacramento despite lame duck status.
- More on the evolving financial situation in the NBA. There could be some serious changes to the CBA if the owners have their way.