BREAKING: Paul George Traded to Thunder

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

In a stunning move just hours before the opening of NBA free agency, the Oklahoma City Thunder made waves in acquiring the 27-year-old superstar. As with any trade, there are at least two outlooks moving forward. So let’s break down this blockbuster piece by piece, shall we?

[Read more…]

D&B Radio Talk Stanley Cup, NBA Finals

After a short hiatus, D&B are back to discuss the recently completed NHL and NBA Playoffs. Click here to give it a listen!

Podcast Shanks – Mavs and Thunder Free Agency

NBA free agency is always one of the more excitement and in many cases, tense times of year. Contenders can be reduced to bottom feeders with the devastating loss of a superstar while other teams who may be on the bubble could surge ahead thanks to a key acquisition. Or, you could just be the damn Warriors and Spurs and sign everybody…

For teams who don’t have that luxury, however, Darreck Kirby and Brennan Scala of Podcast Shanks take a look at the prospects for the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder and discuss how they can try to get back in the thick of contention.

NBA-Free-Agency-2017

Controversy in OKC: Thunder/Clippers Game 5

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC NBA Writer

By now you’ve all likely seen or heard about the controversial pair of calls at the conclusion of Game 5 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers. What you may not know, is that there shouldn’t even be a controversy to speak of.

Reggie.Jackson.Matt.Barnes.Controversial.Play

[Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Smokin’ Hot NBA Playoffs

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

NBA Playoff time is upon us, which means real basketball has finally started on the professional level.  Oh, I know they say every regular season game is important and maximum effort is required 82 times a season, but they say it with the same conviction  that Charles Barkley has when he says “I love broccoli.” We wink, we nod and we wait for the playoffs. [Read more…]

Dallas Mavericks Rise Up, Edge Thunder in OT

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

It was one of the most exciting games of the season for the Dallas Mavericks, and one almost nobody expected them to win. Sure, the team dominated the Thunder a little over a week ago, but the Thunder were without All Star point guard Russell Westbrook at the time, thus disrupting the flow of their offense and removing a large chunk of their scoring punch not named Kevin Durant. So what hope could they possibly have this time around?

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

As it turns out, plenty. Dallas came out with something to prove, not just to themselves but to the rest of the Western Conference, really. The team’s overtime loss Sunday night against the Nets dropped them outside of the playoff picture, leaving some to question their chances. But behind Dirk’s vintage performance (32 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals), and Monta Ellis’ fourth quarter brilliance, Dallas battled back to force overtime against the Thunder and who is certain to be the league’s MVP this year, Kevin Durant. [Read more…]

Five Things to Watch for in the Second Half of the NBA Season

By Jake Hyman
PSDC Writer

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

OK, I know the second half of the NBA season has technically already started but really, the All-Star break is the true midway point.

So here we are with Indiana sitting pretty at 40-12, the Phoenix Suns remarkably in the top eight in the West and the New York Knicks in complete disarray.

Here are five things to look forward to before the playoffs arrive and all hell breaks loose:

1. TRADE DEADLINE (THURSDAY 3:00 P.M. ET)

It is always an exciting time of the year as the trade deadline approaches with a lot of fruitless rumors and speculation. This year a question I keep hearing is, “Will Carmelo Anthony get dealt?” The answer is flat out NO. [Read more…]

Why Kevin Durant’s Run Isn’t Something To Be Ignored

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Writer

It’s not every day that you see a scoring showcase quite like the one Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been putting on the past 12 games. Sure, Durant has always been a great scorer, but what he’s doing right now is something that hasn’t been seen in any form since 2003. That’s the last time a player, in this case Tracy McGrady, scored at least 30 points in at least consecutive 12 games (his streak ended at 14).

Kevin-Durant-Thunder

But what makes Durant’s run so impressive? Well for one he’s doing it without his All-Star sidekick Russell Westbrook. The OKC point guard has been out since Christmas Day after having his third knee surgery since April, but it hasn’t affected the Thunder’s overall play that much. Although they struggled initially, going 5-4 and falling back to fourth in the West, but now they’ve won nine straight and beaten some excellent teams along the way behind Durant’s increased barrage. They’ve beaten Houston, Portland, San Antonio, Sacramento, Golden State, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and now defending Champion Miami during that stretch; no easy feat. [Read more…]

Westbrook, Durant Too Much For Mavs As Thunder Coast

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Despite the lose of James Harden, the Oklahoma City Thunder proved last year that they are still contenders to be reckoned with. They proved that again against Dallas Wednesday night.

The Thunder have now won 13 of the last 14 games in this series since Dallas eliminated OKC in the 2011 Western Conference Finals. That feels like a lifetime ago, but Dallas has remained a difficult matchup for the young Thunder despite their recent decline. Though they’ve been dominated in the win department in the past two-plus seasons, Dallas has almost always run with the young guns from I-35 North. Unfortunately moral victories don’t count for squat in the NBA.

The Mavs, coming off a blowout victory over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night, traveled the short three hours north to renew their newest rivalry against the Thunder. With this being Russell Westbrook’s second game back from a torn meniscus, the Mavs were cautiously optimistic to catch OKC before they hit their stride in this young season. That didn’t happen.

Thunder-Mavericks-Russell-Westbrook

Westbrook scored 22 points and dished out four assists, but it was his high energy, balanced scoring and explosive slams that sent the home crowd into a frenzy. Durant, meanwhile, added 23 points and 10 assists, and Serge Ibaka chipped in 17 points to go along with 13 boards. [Read more…]

Everything You Know is Wrong: NFL vs NBA Marketability

By Alan Posey
PSDC Writer 

I’m a skeptic. When I first hear something, my reaction is often doubt. In my experience, people are often quick to exaggerate in hopes of garnering an enhanced reaction. As a self–proclaimed quasi-smart person, I like to think that I can recognize when a claim has some merit versus none. Today my skepticism helped me uncover one such merit that is commonly accepted as true. If you allow me to divulge my insight, perhaps you will realize your views are more susceptible to conformity than you thought.

Ever since the conception of talking head shows on ESPN and the huge boom of sports talk radio, I’ve been an avid consumer. I think I left my TV on ESPN2 during the Cold Pizza/First Take Era for about five full years. My addiction to sports talk radio is now in full bloom – I don’t even know why I have a CD player or a Spotify subscription. Since I surround myself with a constant barrage of sports filth, I’m pretty acclimated to the constant argumentative nature of sports media along with clichés and stereotypes that should leave listeners more than skeptical about the integrity of the source. I like to tackle debates as they happen on air by just shouting responses loudly in the car like, “You’re an idiot! Rudy sucks!” or “Jeff Fisher is dumb! Without facial hair he doesn’t get another head coaching job!” It’s not very effective, but it keeps me entertained in traffic. I’d much rather share my opinion on my own show, but alas, I went to school for something different. Nevertheless, there are still issues being commonly misspoken that I feel whole heartedly should be exposed for the fraudulent, albeit trivial statements that they are!

It is often spoken that NBA players are more marketable than NFL players. If you have never heard this statement, just keep your ears opened, also you should probably stop reading. But I can no longer idly sit by, it’s time someone exposed this falsehood, usually summed up by stating:

“NBA players are more marketable than their NFL counterparts because you can see their face; they don’t wear helmets and pads.”

I feel dumb for ever nodding in agreement to this statement. It’s true I couldn’t identify a lot of NFL players I cheer for if I saw them at Applebee’s. Except, I couldn’t tell you what the majority of NBA players look like either. If Andrea Bargnani walked into a bar, I would undoubtedly suggest he is an NBA player, but I couldn’t properly identify him unless he was wearing his jersey. Sure, Robin Lopez, Chris Anderson, Nate Robinson and a few others all have traits that easily stand out. So perhaps if you are willing to cover your body in tattoos, or have a Sideshow Bob haircut you have some potential to market yourself – but is that any different than Polamalu’s hair? Or Victor Cruz’s dance? [Read more…]

Memphis Grizzlies vs OKC Thunder Game 2 Twitter Recap

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

In Game 2, the Grizzlies attempt to regroup after blowing a late-game lead in Game 1. Doing that is easier said than done, because, you know, Kevin Durant is a robot sent to Earth to get buckets. Let’s see what happend in last nights action via Twitter.

Memphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game 1 Twitter Recap

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but when the Grizlies/Thunder game stared I can tell you right now that Memphians were either at church, sleeping one off from the night before on Beale Street or already celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Noon tips always suck. Let’s take a look at what Twitter said happened in the first game between Memphis and Oklahoma City.