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Thoughts on ‘boombastic’ Thunder trades



One of the big movers and shakers of the day was our own Oklahoma City Thunder. They made two surprise moves, and according to most of the analysts and pundits, came out as big winners. Let’s take a look at what happened:

1. OKC traded forward Jeff Green, center Nenad Krstic and a draft pick they had from a Clippers’ trade to the Boston Celtics for center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson.

2. OKC traded forward DJ White and guard Morris Peterson to the Charlotte Bobcats for center Nazr Mohammed.

In a basketball sense, I like these moves. They give the Thunder some size and experience up-front, and the only thing the guys in blue really had to give up was a position-less forward in Green, Krstic’s haircut, some scrubs and a draft pick. That works for me.

Anyway, here are some other thoughts I have regarding the trade madness:

—It’s OK; Green (pictured above) is still alive. Judging by fan reactions on blogs, Facebook and Twitter on Feb. 24, you would think that Green was either dead, missing or had been kidnapped by Somali pirates. Players get traded and change teams all the time. When it happens, don’t act like the world has ended or that your friend ate the last piece of pizza without asking. You’ll find a new average and overrated player to like.

—“The Nenad” hairstyle was just starting to take off, too. Yeah, I’m really going to miss the endless supply of Krstic hair jokes. I’m not going to miss trying to pronounce his name after downing five Oklahoma City Arena beers.

The Legislature has to be flipping out that the Thunder now has a guy named Nazr Mohammed on the roster.

—Apparently, someone named Morris Peterson played for the Thunder. If you had to sum up the trade for Mohammed to a casual fan, this is how you probably described it: “And they also traded for a quality back-up center for a couple of bench players that you’ve never heard of.”

—The Oklahoma Legislature has to be flipping out that the Thunder now has a guy named Nazr (pronounced NAH-zee) Mohammed on the roster. As a result, expect bills to be introduced soon that will allow people to bring open-carry firearms into sporting events and ban referees from using Shariah officiating techniques during games.

—With Perkins and Kevin Durant, the Thunder now have two players who share last names with Oklahoma towns you would probably never want to visit. If I had to pick staying the night in Perkins or Durant or eating my own beard, I’d pick the beard.

—The Thunder are going to win it all! OK, not really. But the trades of last week are pointing them in that direction. That’s pretty damn cool.

Patrick is the founder and editor of the local news and entertainment blog

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