OKC ThunderDome

Beyond…Waaaay Beyond…

Bill Simmons 11/23 Chat Transcript

Simmons embarked on one of his marathon online chats at ESPN.com today, beginning at 1PM, and going to whenever he runs out of coffee.  Here are a few Thunder-specific questions:

(The entire script can be found here)

Question: The thunder team on the floor right now is the team we’ll be watching for the next five years right? No big additions?

Simmons: Yeah… probably. Although after watching Westbrook without Durant last weekend, I do wonder if we’re headed for a Stringer/Avon situation with them. Remember, Stringer was happy working for Avon and being the No. 2 until Avon went to jail… then he got a taste of running the show himself and was like, “I don’t need you anymore.” And that’s when the Wire unleashed the greatest 16-18 episodes in TV history. So… yeah.

Question: What’s the deal with Durant? He has some sort of Ewing Theory stuff going on. His +/- is bad and they beat the C’s without him.

Simmons: I thought the Zombies deferred to him too much in the first 3 weeks. Not his fault, not anyone’s fault, just a natural outcome of his Team USA experience and all the hype he was getting. They’ll figure it out. The one guy who seemed to legitimately thrive without him was James Harden, which made me wonder if he’s just not meant to be a role player – he might be someone who needs to be actively involved to be effective. I think he’s more of a scorer than a ‘stand in the corner like Trevor Ariza and wait to shoot threes” guy.

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