Do the Thunder remind people of the old NBA?

Reflections on My Life

5/20/12 in NBA   |   sungrey   |   13 respect

May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks in the first half of game four in the Western Conference semi finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

No doubt, if you're not an older sports fan, the title of this story goes over your head. A band called Marmalade made this song back in the early 1970s, and it was about looking back on your life.

Now, I was only all of what, maybe two or three, when this song was made, but this current NBA playoff has gotten me to do some soul-searching.

Namely, why do I like the Oklahoma City Thunder so much?

Understand something: The NBA playoffs, on my sports scale, rank below such sports as bass fishing and cricket. In short, I'm one of those fans who got turned off by what the NBA has become in the last few years.

So why do I like the Thunder so much?

Maybe because they remind me of, to borrow the immortal line from Field of Dreams that referred to baseball, what once was good and what could be again.

When I was younger, in the mid to late 1980s and into the 1990s, I was an NBA fan. Growing up watching the Detroit Pistons win two titles in 1989 and 1990. Getting used to the yearly showdowns between the Lakers and the Celtics, or maybe the Pistons and Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. Wondering why Dick Stockton had such an obvious Boston bias (hmmm, maybe it was because his then wife, Lesley Visser, was one of the Boston Globe's best writers?)

I was a solid fan of Bird, Magic, Kareem, Barkley, and the early years of Shaq and Tim Duncan.

Then something changed.

We went from worshipping Kareem's signature sky hook to shaking our hands at the sight of Allen Iverson and his legendary "we talkin about practice" rant. We went through a lockout in the late 1990s. We went through the Chicago Bulls essentially taking over the league for six championships in the 1990s.

When Ron Artest started the brawl at The Palace... yes, no explanation is needed because if you saw the brawl you know exactly what I'm talking about... a lot of people lamented what happened to the NBA. Then came the infamous "Decision" that sent LeBron James to Miami with Chris Bosh, to unite with Dwyane Wade and try to win seven or eight championships in a row.

The epitome of selfish behavior, right?
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5/23/12   |   sungrey   |   13 respect

Hi Mr411samewk... it's funny you say that because I happen to be from Michigan, but I assure you this has nothing to do with the Pistons versus the Bulls. Michael Jordan and the six titles is something we may not see again for quite a while, much like the Boston Celtics' reign of dominance in the 1960s.

What this merely was meant to be was a column by me saying how much I like the Thunder because they remind me of those older teams I grew up watching in the 1980s and into the 1990s.

You might guess I'm turned off by today's NBA for the most part, which allows people like Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) to run around like crazy and for people like Allen Iverson to sport bad work ethics. Although, from what I heard, he DID invest his money well... lol

5/21/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

I'm confused by your thoughts on the NBA. I see you focused on the two championships by the Pistons, but you inexplicably linked Allen Iverson with the Chicago Bulls dominating a decade????  Where's the correlation between a guy talking about practice and arguably the greatest player of all-time leading his team to 6 championships? One can construe that as being a disgruntled Pistons' fan who doesn't want to give the Bulls proper credit for their reign.

And you never really expounded on what is good about the Thunder. When I see the Thunder I see one superstar, a very good (not great) sidekick and a bunch of guys who know their roles well. Kinda sounds like the 90's Bulls in the making if you ask me. Only difference being Pippen was more valuable than Westbrook.