Kid, gracious kid. Your eyes are blue but you won’t cry. I know angry tears are too dear. You won’t let them go. -Pretenders
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! You are witnessing, first hand, a youth movement in the NBA, the likes of which, we haven’t seen in years. Nine years to be exact. First it was Eric Gordon and Al Thornton. A rookie and a second year man. Rookie Eric Gordon had forty-one points for the Clippers against OKC Thunder the other night. Al Thornton filled it up for thirty-four. Then, yesterday, apparently having learned their lesson, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant went for thirty-four and thirty-three respectively.
You may not think that means anything. You may not think that’s any great shakes. I do. I think over the last nine seasons previous to this one, no rookie and second-year player both scored more than 30 points for the same team in the same game. I think that’s pretty neat.
These Thunder kids are pretty neat. These Thunder kids just moved themselves out of Filenes the NBA’s basement for the first time since early November.
Kevin Durant is just twenty-years and is a superstar in the making. Greg Oden be damned. Kevin Durant is younger than OJ Mayo. Kevin Durant is one hundred times better than OJ Mayo. And you can take that to the bank. I don’t know what you’ll do with it there. But take it. You’ll see.
Jeff Green is only twenty-two and although he did not put up the same points as those two other guys yesterday, he completed the three-point play which sent that game into overtime. That marks the second time in two weeks, he has supplied a last-second true blue spectacle, a miracle come true.
Rookie Russell Westbrook is making folks start to wonder aloud if he’s going to be better than America’s sweetheart, Derrick Rose. Of his thirty-four points yesterday, twenty came from the charity stripe. Only three other rookies in NBA history made as many as twenty free throws in one game. Only Frank Selvy, Rick Barry and Kareem. Pretty good company. Come and knock on our door.
No Virginia, the Oklahoma City Thunder are not very good this year. But listen to my main man Leo Tolstoy. Leo Tolstoy says, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” Put those two warriors alongside the Thunder’s three young warriors and you got yourself something. You got yourself something special.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!