Sunday, October 28, 2012

0 Lakers strike big, Thunder tap out

By Shaee Flatt and John Lee

The Oklahoma City Thunder are probably the nicest rivals anyone could ever ask for.

Over the last few years they have started quite a rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, and that is expected to continue for years to come. Saturday night, the Thunder did their new rivals a huge favor when they traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets. Sure the Thunder got a lot back. Kevin Martin is a good scorer, Jeremy Lamb should be a good pro, and two first round picks isn’t bad either, but this is James Harden. Without James Harden the Thunder wouldn’t have even had the chance to get dominated by Miami in the Finals last year.

The Lakers, on the other hand, went out, like the Lakers do, and made their team better this off season, much better. They added two time league MVP Steve Nash, and the best Center in the league, Dwight Howard. Oh and yeah, they still have that Kobe guy, too. The Lakers improved in every aspect of the game this season, and their rival Thunder… Just made themselves worse. WHY?!

Reportedly this happened because the Thunder weren’t willing to give Harden the max contract that he deserves, typical small market team. Look, Oklahoma City, when your rival punches, you punch back. When they get better, you get better. It’s logic, its sports, and if you want to compete, it’s the only way to do it. Instead, the Lakers punched, punched again, and the Thunder tapped out. In the words of the great Kevin Durant on twitter last night, “Wow.” Yeah, Kevin, that just happened, your organization just put you and your boy Westbrook in a handicap match with the new look Lakers. Good luck, man, you’re going to need it. And Kevin, when you’re sitting at home watching LeBron-Kobe rather competing in LeBron-Durant II, just know that you have your small market bosses to thank.

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