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24 Bold Predictions for 2013 (1 of 2)

Well, I guess it’s time to give our now annual list of bold predictions for the new year. This time around we have a list of 24 predictions as opposed to the usual 20. Why is that? I honestly have no clue. I guess we’re bettering our chances of getting some of them correct.

Anyway, we’ll post 12 predictions today and 12 more tomorrow. Here we go.

1. Kevin Durant informs Hasheem Thabeet about the caps lock button on his iPhone.

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2. Sweet Brown arrested for arson.

2013 New Year’s Resolutions for the Thunder

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Hello all! It’s 2013, and outside of one team from L.A., the Thunder continue to dominate the NBA landscape. Since it’s a new year, it seems like high time we make a resolutions list, highlighting what I’d like to see out of the Thunder as we continue this fantastic season. I know that the Thunder are 24-6 right now, so it’s hard to complain about anything that’s happened so far. But when you get right down to it, that’s what New Year’s Resolutions are. Complaints about silly things like being overweight and or drinking too much Diet Dr Pepper.

So I’ve got a list of resolutions the team may want to consider.

1. Throw T-Shirts in different places. Is it just me, or do the same people get T-Shirts every single game? They have this Balon Blaster that shoots T-Shirts at exactly the same distance every time, resulting in exactly the same folks getting shirts every time. I’m betting if you sat in a good strategic position, you could get a free shirt at least every other night. There’s also this rubber band thing that shoots into the 300 level, but it always seems to land in the first row. Put it this way: I’ve sat in the same seat since opening night in ’08, and I haven’t gotten a free non-playoff shirt since 2009 or so. I want a free T-Shirt! Just once!

Chasing 33 Wins: What it Would Take For the Thunder To Break a 41-Year-Old Record

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After another fantastic week of Thunder basketball, the team has amassed a 11 game win streak. It’s nothing remarkable in the scope of the NBA, with 10+ game win streaks happening virtually every year. But it’s easy for the mind of the passionate fan to race. What if the Thunder could win 34 straight games and beat one of the NBA’s longest-standing records?

In order to find out, it’s best to go straight to the source. The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 straight games. Before the streak, the Lakers weren’t a particularly heralded team. They were full of household names that you might know, like Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and Gail Goodrich. But despite their talents, they were the Buffalo Bills of the NBA. Throughout the 60s, they got continually beaten in the NBA Finals by Bill Russell’s Celtics, and hadn’t won a championship since the franchise was in Minneapolis.

Going into the 71-72 season, it looked like the Lakers were about to let their dynasty fall. The year prior saw injuries to both Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain, leading to a first round playoff loss. Most of their stars were old, and no new players had come on to the scene.

But something was different this year. The Lakers got a new head coach in Bill Sharman, who had previously been a part of the Celtics teams that continually whipped Laker tail. He brought in a new philosophy to Los Angeles, using the up-tempo offense he had learned in Boston. You see, basketball was a very different game back then. There was no three-point line, and the general philosophy was that the center touched the ball at least once before the team ever took a shot. The 24-second shot clock had just been invented, and most teams thought that they should use all the time they could in order to get a good look, rather than taking the first opportunity that came up. In other words, imagine if the Thunder made sure Kendrick Perkins got the ball in the post during every possession, and Russell Westbrook slowed down fast breaks so he could set up the offense.

Oglebating: To Boo or Not to Boo James Harden

Well, this is awkward.

Nearly one month after being dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Martin will face his former team, the Houston Rockets, tonight at Chesapeake Arena.

Okay, so that’s not the storyline at all. You know what it is. James Harden is making his highly anticipated return to Oklahoma City. Obviously, there’s a lot of discussion surrounding this event. People want to know how the Oklahoma City will fans treat the beardgrower. Will they cheer and applaud, or boo and hiss?

Marisa and I tackle the issue in a special edition of “Oglebating: To Boo or Not to Boo James Harden.” Check out our positions and vote for how you feel after the jump.

Screw the Redhawks. I want my OKC 89ers back. (photos)

Proving there really is a blog for everything, I recently stumbled across a website called The Greatest 21 Days. The site focuses on minor league baseball cards, and more specifically, “1990 CMC and Pro Cards minor league baseball card sets, and what happened to each of the players it contained.” And no, I’m not making that up.

Anyway, I found the site when performing a basic Google blog search for “Oklahoma City.” Back in October, they profiled the 1990 Oklahoma City 89ers. Here are a couple of notable players from the team: