OKC Thunder Reign Ending?

182109792-e1400089701700It seems that in basketball there is an up swing and a down. Every great team has an expiration date for when things will cease to be as they were. Jonathan Abrams’s noted this about the Kings in his oral history about the 2002 season. After they lost in Game 7 to the Lakers, many people were consoling the team by saying things like “it’s just the beginning” and “you’ll get another shot” as well as “you have to lose some to win the big one.” However, Abrams had a feeling then, that that game was their shot and they missed it. He was exactly right that that window was went the Kings could have been great, but they failed to walk through the door, thus ending a period of potential greatness and shutting a door for the team forever. The same may be said for the window that Oklahoma City is in currently. This may be the Thunders shot and if they fail it could be the end of their final title dreams for some time.

The reason for the possible end of Oklahoma City is that Kevin Durant is already on his seventh season and Russell Westbrook his sixth. Durant’s contract will expire in 2016 and Westbrook in 2017. Westbrook has also been through three knee surgeries in the past year. On top of those two players they have already almost been out of the playoff. If not for the officials not having it together on Tuesday, Oklahoma City may have lost the Memphis series. Right now, they seem to be hanging by a thread instead of playing surely and confidently. It is tempting to wish that the Thunder will roll in and crush the Miami Heat but it is much more likely that they will miss their window of opportunity and be faced with some disappointing future seasons.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page http://ift.tt/1gIcOXx

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Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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