The Oklahoma skies have always had a chance of thunder and lightning during the busy storm season, but the Oklahoma City Thunder’s chance of winning a title is minimal after several moves.
As the waves of news about Paul George’s trade to the Los Angeles Clippers and the rumors of Russell Westbrook wanting out traveled far and wide, fans were hoping that Westbrook would stay in OKC.
Late Thursday evening, the Thunder made the move that put the atmosphere of Oklahoma in a situation of shock and disbelief that the run might be over.
Westbrook is the last of the original team that made their move from Seattle to Oklahoma City. The memories of several playoff runs, including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2012, still exist.
While the universe reacted to the news that Westbrook will be heading to Houston joining former teammate James Harden, the air in Oklahoma took a dramatic turn of disbelief about what happened to their team.
Being a fan of the NBA for several years, my first love was the Dallas Mavericks with Dirk Nowiztki who recently retired, the news about Westbrook came as a blow to the memories I made.
With every team there are peaks and valleys and in my opinion the Thunder, even though they have a good haul of first round picks, for years to come may have just started to dip into the valley of misery.
You may ask what I think of Chris Paul coming back to Oklahoma City and continue to tell me the Thunder will make the playoffs, but I don’t see it happening at least for the next several years.
When a team hits the reset button, which I believe the Thunder has done, the seasons become long and drawn out and, honestly, kind of boring as the losses pile up.
If Paul decides to stay in Oklahoma City it will bring the team closer to the playoff setting, but with him getting older I think the value is significantly down and he won’t be able to carry a team.
The era of the original team is over. Thunder fans shouldn’t fret though over the next couple of years as OKC will look to take the next step and if you remember the last time, it only took a year to get a winning record.
In 2008-2009 they missed the playoffs and had a losing record but in year two they were the No. 8 seed in the West and started their run of nine straight seasons in the playoffs.
It would be nice to see the Thunder make some noise and hit the playoffs for a 10th year in a row, however, fans will need to be patient. It may only be a year before OKC could be back on their feet.