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07:17 AM ET 10.08 | While it's hard to fathom now, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant has been where it seems Philadelphia is headed. The [SuperSonics] reshuffled the roster heading into its final season in Seattle. The Sonics selected [Durant] out of Texas with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft. ... "Every game it was tough knowing that it was going to be hard for us to win," Durant said. "But what we did was come in and work hard every day, and know that it was going to be a process and maybe a tough year." The Sonics lost their first eight games and went 3-14 through the first month of the 2007-08 season. They finished with the second worst record (20-62) behind the Miami Heat (15-67). "You just have to keep pushing through it," said Durant, giving advice to the Sixers.

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October 8, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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Sure, work hard.......But the difference is that there is no one on philly that is as talented as kd's shoe

KD wasn't considered talented in his first year as it showed in their record. They started getting better in his 3rd year w/ Westbrook as his sidekick.

October 8, 2013  08:58 AM ET

Better Focus On Your Team, Bro.

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October 8, 2013  09:18 AM ET

"Durant's advice for a tanking team"...

Don't worry bro, Lakers will never tank. We'll rise out of the ashes again and keep you in check!

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October 8, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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The Lakers need to get into the lottery after this year. They don't have a first round pick very often. I think next years pick goes to Phoenix.

Lot of great talent this year. Why fight to make the playoffs only to get knocked out again in the first round.

Just pounding my chest, standing up for my team. In all honesty, the ideal thing would have been for Kobe to be amnestied and return after a one year rehab then off to the races.

Gotta love his competing spirit. Unfortunately, it didn't help in this scenario...

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October 8, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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The Lakers need to get into the lottery after this year. They don't have a first round pick very often. I think next years pick goes to Phoenix.Lot of great talent this year. Why fight to make the playoffs only to get knocked out again in the first round.

LMFAO!!!! sounds like a sign of desperation...

October 8, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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KD wasn't considered talented in his first year.......

You ARE kidding......tight?

October 8, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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You ARE kidding......**tight?**

Should be "right?"

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October 8, 2013  10:32 AM ET
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Its not that simple- unless they get a top 2-3 pick they won't get one of the elite guys, which means they would need several years of tanking and they don't even have their own 1st round pick the following year also - these top teams need to maintain at least a competetive team cause of advertising, tix sales, merch, etc- they are already in a huge lux tax hole, not having more revenue will hurtand finally - the fans- the lakers can't afford to lose any fair-weather fans to the clips at this point, cause they have no 'star' in the fold going forward

You nail it. It's not the Lakers way to tank a season as tempting as is this upcoming one.
Also there is no guaranties we will get the top picks too.
So they will play to win and D'umbtoni knows his neck is on the chop block if they are mediocre.
Finally, I think in their 60 plus years history they missed the playoffs like 3 or 4 times.

October 8, 2013  11:14 AM ET
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huh ?he averaged 20 in his rookie year-I will bet the house that nerlins and MCW won't averaage 20 combined

So easy to say it now but his first 2-3 years were awful.

October 8, 2013  11:53 AM ET
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There are only two ways to improve your team. The draft and free agency. Why toss away a good opportunity at what some are calling the best draft class ever? What you call desperation is what other teams call wisdom.

Only way the Lakers tank is if Kobe sits out the year which we both know won't happen. Face it the Lakers are stuck and are on the verge of falling out of obscurity in the next 2-3 years.

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October 8, 2013  12:35 PM ET
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are you talking about durant or the team?

Both and Durant is talking about it too. He didn't start getting respect until his 3rd year. I knew you were one of his doubters. He and the team continued to progress rapidly after his 3rd year.

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October 8, 2013  01:22 PM ET
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Not a doubter, but I certainly don't give proactive props until they get at least a playoff series win.Once he won a series and eventually advanced, I gave him credit.Same with klove. Obviously hes a top individual player....but he needs to now take the team on his back and make the playoffs, for me to elevate his status.

Then we're on the same page on the first 2-3 years...

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