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Good bye mate…..you are a one of the greatest to play for the Thunder…..Steven Adams to the Big Easy…..

As with life, things change.  As with the Oklahoma City Thunder, things also change, especially when you are dealing with a rebuild of the team, which is currently happening with the team on Reno Street.



That rebuild continues today as I awake from nice dream this morning and find that my most favorite personality on the Thunder is in the middle of a four team trade that will send Steven Adams to the New Orleans Pelicans.  (You can read the particulars on the net if you wish).



With that, the seven year veteran Steven Adams will take his nine points and seven boards (career stats) to the Big Easy and hope to lead them to an NBA title in the next few years.  The Thunder will use the following our or five years to reboot in their quest to getting an NBA championship sometime in the middle 2020’s.



OKC GM Sam Presti understands the nature of the game and thanks to him that he has finally abandoned the Utah Jazz mind-set to always having a team that pursues a playoff spot and actually not a NBA title.  OKC has been a conventional winning team here in OKC, but for just a couple of seasons  has the Thunder been a not just a solid playoff team but one that had a great chance to win the whole thing.



Yes, it is nice to enter the Chesapeake knowing that you had a great chance to win night after night, but to know that you have a team capable of winning it all is much the better feeling.  Kevin Durant, when you abandoned the Thunder you actually put the team in the position of being good but not great. That is another story that I will not address now.



Hopefully in a few years Presti will have the Thunder in the Western Finals and staring down a Larry O’Brien trophy in OKC.  That journey has begun again and for me, it is going to be exciting, day to day, wins and losses, trades and dealings included.


OKC will always love big Steve and will wish him well.  Same with Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder, and all the other players that are gone from the 2019 team.  That group will always be remembered for their work in  this city.


Thunder up OKC!


(photo:  AP)

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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