The Oklahoma City Thunder are a young team — fifth youngest in the league when age is weighted by playing time — and they’re lead by a few guys who love playing basketball more than anything else. Between Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, the Thunder have a trio of basketball-crazy youngsters who just want to get better and play as much as possible. We all know this.
But Scott Brooks really wants to make sure you know it. Like really, really know it. He wants you to know it so much, he’ll even poke fun at his players for maybe playing basketball a little bit too much. From the AP:
”There’s no question we have a team full of gym rats. They want to play basketball,” Brooks said. ”That’s all they want to do: They want to play basketball. They’re basketball players. They probably don’t have much of a life off the court.”
I’m not sure if I’m reading this right, but it seems like the Oklahoma City Thunder want to play basketball. Is that the point that Scott Brooks is trying to make here? I think it is.
And he’s right. If you follow any of these guys’ Twitter feeds, you know they pretty much just tweet about various basketball-related things and occasionally rap lyrics. Not to mention, last summer’s famous charity game explosion, that seemed to feature Durant in every possible jersey color. There are probably other things they like to do, but it really does feel like a great majority of the Thunder want to play basketball all the time.
But now since Scott Brooks put it in my head, I’m having a hard time imagining the Thunder doing normal person stuff in their downtime. Like, I can’t picture Serge Ibaka going to the store and buying soup or Thabo Sefolosha popping in to a Barnes and Noble to look at some magazines. That kind of stuff has to happen, I’m sure, but it’s really weird to think of the Thunder doing it instead of playing basketball. For now, I’m just going to assume Derek Fisher runs all their errands like the dad that he is. That makes the most sense to me, so I’m running with it.