D. Smith: How long can OKC keep this group together?
Old 05-01-2010, 05:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I think for most of the season the Oklahoma Thunder was everybodyís second-favourite team and Iím pretty sure thatís even more a fact today.

Wasnít that game and series something?

Close Game 6, huge crowd, all kinds of emotion and a last-second bucket to end it.

Probably the best of all the series, right?

Okay, now comes the hard part for the Thunder.

At some point, theyíre going to have to pony up big bucks to keep a promising young team Ė mostly on relatively small rookie-scale contracts Ė together and thatís going to test the mettle of both ownership and the players.

We saw it a bit in Chicago and a bit in Portland, at some time it becomes financially unfeasible to keep a big group of young kids together and I wonder what theyíll eventually do in Oklahoma City.

But for now, I guess, they just ride it out and worry about the future when the future gets here.

I know that theyíll be remembering this series for a long, long time down there; I just hope itís not the high-water point of the next few years.

Thereís always a danger of a big bounce-back for a young team like that, no one takes them for granted any more, the tendency is to relax a bit after achieving a level of success and itís going to be interesting to see how they handle next season.

Until then, though, they can remember this ride pretty fondly.
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