Rooting for OKC

Why I'm Rooting for OKC

5/23/12 in NBA   |   Fishchick17   |   36 respect

May 21, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) takes a shot while being defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (15) during the second half in game five of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIREI am a Bulls fan-through and through. But I am also a fan of the NBA and basketball in general. My Bulls went out of these playoffs in ugly fashion so I have had to suck it up and find another team to root for. Another team that I can cheer on through this long NBA playoff. 

The Miami Heat were the first one to be knocked off my list. I hate them. I know I am not alone in my feelings but I am glad LeBron "took his talents" to Miami. Good. Stay there. Don't want you up here in Chicago. Used to be a fan of Dwayne Wade, Chicago kid, Marquette alum, but no more. I think he flails and whines and while he has skills he has lost my respect. They are all going to end up crying in the locker room anyway. Check.

Can't root for the 76ers. First, they beat the Bulls. Second, they are not going anywhere. Too inconsistent, too streaky. Like Igoudala, but Brand never had that killer instinct so no point in rooting for a team thats going down anyway. Though they have put up a good fight against the Celtics but their time is coming. Soon. Check.

The Celtics are an interesting team this season. I have always been a fan of KG-Kevin Garnett, but I think their time in the sun has come and gone. Doc Rivers is a heck of a coach and has them playing well, but I could take or leave this Celtics team. Riding on Paul Pierce's shoulders not sure how far they are going. A definite option but a little old, a little past their prime. Check.

The Indiana Pacers intrigue me. They are cocky. They talk the talk then walk the walk. Except for last nightof course when their GM Larry Bird called them "soft". Ouch! The Pacers have some good players and play well as a team. They have confidence that their coach instills in them and they have bought into hook, line and sinker. But, they are very young and make a lot of mistakes. Apparently, several players are also injured. In addition, as a close rival of the Bulls, both in proximity and play, I just can't root for them to win it all. They always play the Bulls tough. So it's a good luck but not my choice. Check.

The San Antonio Spurs are a team that I feel has come out of nowhere. Isn't Tim Duncan like 105? Hasn't he been playing for twenty years? Feels like it. It seems like the Spurs were the sleeper team this season. Sort of quietly did their thing this season and are sneaking up on teams in the playoffs knocking them out hard and fast. But the Spurs have been down this road before. They have their Championships-three of them in the last ten years in fact. Check.

Which leaves us with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Is there a more exciting duo in the NBA than Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook? They play hard, look like they are having fun and are a blast to watch.  This is a well put together team of guys that work together, play hard together and seem to be growing up in the NBA together. You can't help but root for them. And for Oklahoma City. Who would have thought an NBA franchise could thrive in OKC? I believe it is their time to shine. And if it can't be the Bulls, I'm rooting for OKC. Go Thunder!
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