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From A Rumble To A Roar: A Contrarian Viewpoint

The Thunder are rising fast, for sure. But playoffs in 2009-2010? No.

Updated: April 9, 2009, 12:51 PM ET
By Nathaniel Friedman | FreeDarko.Com and The Sporting News

This is in response to Ric Bucher's article in the April 20 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Don't get me wrong, there's a lot to like about the Oklahoma Thunder. Kevin Durant is one year, and a few national broadcasts, away from unquestioned superstar-dom. Jeff Green (or, as LeBron's dubbed him, "Uncle Jeff") might be the ideal complementary star—the only "next Pippen" to really get the point. Russell Westbrook is a cross between Wade and the Drunken Master. And that's just ...

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