The NBA’s regular season is 82 games. But when basketball media sinks its teeth into a story and refuses to let go, the season can feel like an eternity, as if we’re stuck in purgatory and surrounded by First Take guest hosts. For this season, that story is undoubtedly Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors in free agency, after they blew a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, and how that affects his former teammates in Oklahoma City.
We’ve pretty much resigned ourselves to the fact that nothing is going to top Durant in the headlines, which is bad news for the Thunder.
On Tuesday night, the 2016-17 NBA season tipped off with three games, including what could have been previews of two potentially huge playoff series. Except both games turned out to be lopsided ass-whoopings. The defending NBA champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers, spanked the new-look New York Knicks 117-88 after a hell of a bling ceremony, while the San Antonio Spurs dominated the Warriors 129-100.
Fast forward to Thunder practice and Russell Westbrook was in midseason form when it came to vague questions about you-know-who.
“So, Russell… you, uh, you know… (winks) you see that thing? You know, the thing? Come on, you saw it, right? What’d you think of that thing, Russell? You cry? You curl up in a little ball and sob gently into your pillow while watching that thing? Did ya, you big baby?”
There’s a whole season of this coming, folks, so I strongly recommend we all learn a lesson from the always wonderful Steven Adams and just do our own damn thing.