Jul 17, 2019
Fortunate enough to have Thunder Insider, Andrew Ivy, join me to break down life in OKC after the departure of PG13. This was recorded a day before the Beard and Broadie decided to sync back up in Houston.
Q1. Tell me your initial reaction to the PG13 trade? Did you see it coming? Did you hear any rumblings or were you completely caught off guard?
Q2. Were the Thunder a contender this season if Paul George returned? Was change necessary?
Q3. What are your thoughts on Russell Westbrook, especially as some who has been heavily involved with the franchise since they moved to OKC?
He’s been a focal point of the Thunder since their inception. Did they choose the right player to build around?
Q4. Was it wrong to feature Westbrook as the primary guard, not Harden? Especially, when Russell thrives playing out of position and could’ve continued his unselfish play in the NBA, keeping the original Big 3 in tact, after their first finals defeat. It was Harden’s heroics against Ginobili that allowed OKC to reach the finals.
Q5. Was it possible to keep the BIG 3 In Tact? Where did the Thunder fall short in their efforts to keep James Harden?
Q6. What is your preferred method regarding how the Thunder handle Russell Westbrook before the season starts?
Is there a certain team you’d like to see him join?
Q7. What to make of the Oklahoma City Thunder once Westbrook leaves. What are the most important orders of business Sam Presti needs to take care of? Does the organization have issues when it comes to the salary cap vs the luxury tax?
Who, in your mind, is the right coach to take the OKC Thunder job, knowing they’re in a complete rebuild?
I have two people in mind, Mark Jackson or Dave Jaeger.