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Players still don't want to play in OKC

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07:08 AM ET 07.30 | In the eyes of some, there is an obvious disadvantage to recruiting in Oklahoma. On the heels of the first season that fell short of expectations thanks to a freak knee injury, the events of the past three weeks have brought a harsh but important lesson. Players still don't want to play in Oklahoma City. Because of the Thunder's rise, its supremely talented roster and its super passionate fans, we'd like to think players are willing to jump through hoops to play here. But as five years have taught us they're just not. It's not something Thunder players, coaches or management can publicly admit without it sounding disparaging to their host city. Yet it's been a chief reason why the Thunder historically hasn't been players in the free agent market.

The Oklahoman

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July 30, 2013  07:21 AM ET

scared of tornado alley?

July 30, 2013  07:30 AM ET

Money talks plus Westbrook , their primary ball handler is not the kind of player that makes others around him better. He's as selfish as they come. Couple that with the stinginess of the owners and it's no mystery no decent player is clamoring to be a Thunder.

Hopefully as Durant grows his eyes will open to the truth - the championship won't happen with their current ownership.

July 30, 2013  07:52 AM ET

^^^Wrong again

July 30, 2013  08:31 AM ET

They have no cap room to attract big time players anyway so this whole discussion is moot. And why would any one NOT wanna play along side the best scorer in the league? And Scott is an above-average coach as well.

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July 30, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Wtf? They already have superstars in the team. They can't afford another superstar and they got rid of one. Players will go there if they have money to give. Fisher picked OKC...

July 30, 2013  09:07 AM ET

If they only couldve kept Jeff Green and James harden. Ibaka, Durant, Harden, Westbrook and Thabeet at Center lol. Championship

July 30, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

^^^Wrong again

Not unexpectedly. They have been in OKC for five years, five ... not long enough to establish that free agents "still" do not want sign there.

July 30, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I disagree.I think its all management. They don't want to spend any more $Can't expect guys that are in their primes to play for beans

Not even if it's Goya Beans?

July 30, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Money talks plus Westbrook , their primary ball handler is not the kind of player that makes others around him better. He's as selfish as they come. Couple that with the stinginess of the owners and it's no mystery no decent player is clamoring to be a Thunder.Hopefully as Durant grows his eyes will open to the truth - the championship won't happen with their current ownership.

That's why they should've traded him instead of Harden. But what's done is done.

July 30, 2013  09:34 AM ET

This is a cut from the article in The Oklahoman. As many of us see happening to our favorite teams now, going over the salary cap is not a smart move...especially for multiple years in a row. The Thunder organization has, in my opinion, done an excellent job of managing their salary cap and will reap the benefits in the upcoming years. As for not wanting to come to OKC to play with KD or RW, I think we all saw how good RW really is with the way the Thunder played the remainder of the playoffs without him in the lineup. Going bankrupt to chase rings may be the way large market teams do it, but a small market team like OKC and Memphis can't and won't put themselves in that position. And it has worked out pretty well with a small market team coming out of a very tough Western Conference to make the finals the last two years.

July 30, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Come To LA, Bros.

July 30, 2013  09:40 AM ET

Welcome to our world.

Signed,
The Cleveland Cavaliers

July 30, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Move back to SEATTLE....

PLEASE....

July 30, 2013  09:47 AM ET

First off, the weather sucks.

Secondly, it is a crap area with notably crap owners...

And, I am not even sure why a franchise is there vs an area like Las Vegas??

July 30, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Move back to SEATTLE....PLEASE....

Oklahoma City has a larger population than Sacramento. If you will recall the Kings made quite a run in the early 2000s and had fanatical fan support. If you build it, they will come.

July 30, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Come To LA, Bros.

Blasphemy

July 30, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Oklahoma City has a larger population than Sacramento. If you will recall the Kings made quite a run in the early 2000s and had fanatical fan support. If you build it, they will come.

You got that right homes...

That's why the cut bait in SEATTLE...

And the CITY has regretted ever since, just look how dispaired they were when SAC dint come to town...

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July 30, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

First off, the weather sucks.Secondly, it is a crap area with notably crap owners...And, I am not even sure why a franchise is there vs an area like Las Vegas??

You should know what you are talking about before you pipe off...just saying.

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