Thursday, December 25, 2008

Stocking Stuffers

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and got everything they wanted. I know I did, so I thought what better way to end the Holiday than by giving the Thunder presents as well.

Oklahoma City has a very long list of wants and needs, but here is a start.

Kevin Durant -- All-Star Honors

Coach Brooks -- Interim tag removed

Jeff Green -- Weight set (Power Forward edition)

GM Presti -- January becomes Let's Make a Deal!

Russell Westbrook -- Same rookie-year 2nd half that Durant enjoyed

Clay's Group -- A packed house no matter what

Joe Smith -- Chance to make playoffs one more time (Chicago?)

T-Wolves -- Kevin McHale out of town

Nick Collison -- Reunion with former Jayhawk Kirk Hinrich

Kyle Weaver -- D-League MVP Honors

Chris Wilcox -- A healthy end to his tenure with OKC

Earl Watson -- Joining best friend Baron Davis in LA

D.J. White -- NBA debut in February

Desmond Mason -- Contract extension to stay home

Some people are easier to shop for than others, but the Thunder are moving in the right direction. A few tweaks here and there, and all the negative talk can be transferred in Minnesota's direction. My last request is more of a pipe dream since it involves two other franchises.

Until Seattle gets the Sonics back, the Thunder will never get any respect. David Stern and the NBA can make this happen by admitting the mistake that is Memphis. Re-locate the Grizzlies for the final time, and move OKC into that vacant Southwest Division spot.

Playing against the Texas teams and natural rival New Orleans will be a harder fit, but it also may be what keeps Durant in a Thunder uniform -- a vital position for the city and everyone involved. But that is a story for another time on a different day. Bring on the Pistons!

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