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The Thunder Are Built to Last

June 8, 2012 Adam Thomas

Built to last till time itself falls tumbling from the wall
Built to last till sunshine fails and darkness moves on all
Built to last while years roll past like cloudscapes in the sky
Show me something built to last or someone built to try—Grateful Dead

Bill Walton would be proud. Starting out an article using a Grateful Dead song to describe an NBA team. That song–I think–is about how nothing lasts forever, not even TIME (far out). My counter argument to the Grateful Dead would be to look at the Oklahoma City Thunder. They my friends, are built to last.

Their nucleus is young and locked up for a while, their bench is deep and their coach is great. This is their first trip to the finals. I doubt it will be their last. I fully expect them to handle the Celtics and the Heat easily. That is, of course unless…

2.) Lebron James has 4 games in a row like he had last night.  Good golly what a show.  Look, I hate Lebron James, you hate Lebron James. Everyone hates Lebron James. The dude is a douche. And how cringe worthy is it every time someone refers to him as a “BRAND.” Gah!  Shut up. Enough with the brands!  He is a human, a player. And he is phenomenal at what he does, when he chooses to do it.

Which is why he is easy to hate. He made it look so easy last night, and it makes you wonder ‘why can’t he do that every night?’ I dunno. I don’t even think Lebron knows. He is a man-child of the highest order. If he ever becomes “the man” like we saw last night on a full time basis, then watch out. Championships are in his future and haters like me will just have to give credit where credit is due. Or pretend like the NBA doesn’t exist.

3.) Speaking of the NBA…the Sixers are heading for a pretty interesting off-season.  And me and Randy could not disagree more about what they should do with Iguodala. My position is the same as it has been for the last 4 years. TRADE HIM. Yes he throws down thunderous dunks, but he also has bad knees, can’t score and never “takes a game over.” Evan Turner–even if this was a TERRIBLE thing to do at times–at least tried to put the team on his shoulders in the playoffs, and that’s what I like to see. I like my team leader to not be afraid to fail, Iggy is TERRIFIED of it. He always has been (not unlike a certain person mentioned above). To be fair, Iggy did have some big moments in these most recent playoffs, but it’s too little too late. I’m tired of the Sixers settling for mediocrity.

If they can move Iggy for a top ten pick, I do it in a heartbeat. Goodbye Iggy, Lou and Spencer.  Don’t let the door hit ya.

4.) Phillies. Bleh. Terrible. Time for a sad confession. I have not watched one game from start to finish ALL SEASON LONG. Isn’t that a sad statement to make? Yes. But it’s true. I don’t think I could name you the Phillies line-up. Call me a front runner if you want, but I think I’d be like this even if they were winning. I’d just be bragging more (isn’t that the definition of a ‘front runner?’) Baseball is just incredibly boring to me. It’s like hockey in that regard. Playoff baseball and hockey are awesome to watch. The regular season…not so much.




Random Thoughts: Pre-Draft Edition

April 28, 2011 Adam Thomas

1.) The Sixers put up a good fight, but the Heat just had too much talent. You know, for a team that shot 57 more free throws in the series, the Heat sure do whine and complain a lot.  Also, I meant to comment on this last week but forgot.  I watched an interview with Wade where he talked about his mother being a drug dealer and at one point he said something like, “When I was three, cops burst into my house and one put his gun to the back of my head and said, ‘Where’s your mother?'”

I’m calling bullshit on that one.  Cops have been known to do some shady stuff, but putting a gun to a 3 year old’s head?  I don’t think so.

Boston seems like they should be able to beat them.  The Heat won’t be able to get rebounds like they did against the Sixers and the foul calls should even out (since the Celtics have stars that the Refs care about protecting as well).

In the end, the Heat were better than the Sixers.  But using the breakfast analogy and tacking on a dunk at the end of the game, that’s why everyone hates these guys.  Not because they are envious of their talent, but because they needlessly act like assholes.

2.) The NFL owners need to stop crying and get back to football.  Look, at the beginning of this whole thing, I was with the owners if only because the players union rep seemed completely inept.  But now, it’s over.  Just move on, we got a draft to focus on!

3.) Speaking of, I think that Von Miller guy is going to be the biggest bust in the draft.  He looks tiny as hell and he just seems like the kind of guy who gets all sorts of buzz and then never does anything.  Tyson Jackson anyone?

4.) Did you know that the most successful pirate of all time was a…wait for it…WOMAN!  Oh.  My.  Gaw.  It’s true!  She was called the Dragon Lady and would do all sorts of nutty stuff like have her crew drink wine laced with gun powder and pay her pirates for each head they brought her, so guys would fight with decapitated heads tied together by their hair and draped over their shoulders.  Also, she married her adopted son (ick) and eventually gained amnesty from the Chinese government, who gave her a crap ton of land and money to stop being a pirate.  At her most powerful, she commanded something like 70,000 pirates spread out across 9 different fleets.  Do work, Dragon Lady!

5.) I’m getting back into all the music I loved in high school: Phish, Grateful Dead, Mothers Magillicutty and it has made me wonder, why in the heck did I ever stop listening to this stuff in the first place?

I’ll be back with post-draft thoughts tomorrow.