Well, this one tonight is going to be a little different. The Warriors play the Thunder and this one isn’t going to look — or sound — like a run-of-the-mill NBA game. Kevin Durant visits Oklahoma City for the first time this season. You remember, Durant used to play for OKC. The atmosphere at Chesapeake Energy arena will be electric (get it? Energy … electric) tonight and everyone wants to see how the Thunder fans react to Durant’s return.
On the “NBA This Week” we had a variety of guests who talked about tonight’s game in OKC. Joining us were Fox Sports 1’s Chris Broussard, Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck and OKC television analyst Michael Cage. All three addressed a variety of NBA topics. The links to each of those interviews are below.
Broussard talked a lot about the relationship between Durant and Russell Westbrook, and how it’s more than nothing — which is kind of the way each player wants to treat it … like it’s nothing. Broussard was in the minority when it came to predicting how Oklahoma City might do without Durant. He thought they were still good enough to get a No. 4 or No. 5 seed in the West (which they still could). But most NBA observers had OKC falling off the map and missing the postseason. That’s not going to happen.
What’s going on in New York right now is pretty surreal. One the Knicks’ all-time greats, Charles Oakley, is now banned from Madison Square Garden for what James Dolan indicate is a pattern of abusive behavior. The other night, of course, Oakley was removed from Madison Square Garden by security during a game against the Clippers.
Both Broussard and Beck are media members who worked in New York, and had plenty to offer on the subject. Broussard and Beck have a terrific perspective on the franchise, the city of New York and what’s going on with management and the players. Both know the ins and outs of Knicks management, most importantly Dolan and general manager Phil Jackson.