Monthly Archives: August 2013

DeAndre Liggins Arrested

Oklahoma City Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins was arrested late this afternoon on domestic abuse charges. Police say Liggins assaulted a woman believed to be his girlfriend. Officers booked him into Oklahoma County jail on complaints of domestic abuse with a deadly weapon and domestic assault in the presence of a minor. No word yet from the Thunder on this matter.

This is the mugshot:

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Andre Roberson, Employee of the Month

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When I heard that Thunder rookie Andre Roberson had agreed to collect only 80% of his first year salary, I thought he was crazy. I mean, he’s a professional athlete coming into his first year in the league. There are a myriad of things that can happen from here on out that can affect his playing future. He could go outside to get the mail and get hit by a passerby on a bike. He could completely shred his knee playing two hand touch football on the beach. You get the picture. My thinking is that, as an athlete, you better optimize any opportunity you have to make money because nothing is guaranteed past the first two years of your contract (if you are a first round pick). So for Roberson to leave up to 40% of his salary on the table (a rookie can receive up to 120% of his possible salary), is quite arbitrary to the ethos of professional athletes.

But then I went into a my local Staples, and it all made sense to me…

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Many athletes go the length of their careers without having a back-up plan. But for Roberson, the NBA is his back-up plan. The man is already vested at Staples. That was easy.

5 for 5: Tragedies, Courtrooms, and Beginnings

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5 for 5: The Longest Shortest Season  |  5 for 5: The Rivalries  |  5 for 5: The Run  |  5 for 5: The Thunder’s Godfather

This past season, the Oklahoma City Thunder completed their 5th season in the state of Oklahoma. In a world dominated by round numbers, getting to the midway point is always a cause for celebration. In any relationship, you look back at key moments that made it possible to arrive at certain anniversary marks. In the next few weeks heading into training camp, I’ll be looking at 5 defining moments that made it possible for the Thunder to not only roar into the Plains, but also to do it in winning fashion.

For the first defining moment, you have to, of course, start at the beginning. But, it’s not the beginning that you think. While the Thunder were established in 2008, the road to having them in OKC began in December 1994. It was during that time that Timothy McVeigh visited and decided that the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building would be the site of his mayhem.

After meticulously planning and gathering the necessary materials, McVeigh, and his accomplice Terry Nichols, put their plan into action for April of 1995. They rented a Ryder moving truck on April 15th in Kansas and packed it with its deadly payload on the 17th and 18th. The next day, they drove down to Oklahoma City where, at 9:02 AM, they detonated the 4,800 pound monster that resided inside of the Ryder truck. The blast completely dismantled the north side of the building leaving countless people injured and 168 dead in its wake. It was the deadliest terroristic attack on US soil that the nation had seen up to that point.

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Once the smoke cleared though, the choice was clear. We would not stand to be known by the evil of the tragedy, but by the fortitude with which we recovered. We chose to be known by the way we rose together, instead of by the way we momentarily got knocked down. That mindset, which comes naturally to Oklahomans, galvanized us to remember those lost, while also promising them that we would rise stronger than before. The possibilities were there, but the question was how would be we get there?

While the Metropolitan Area Projects Plan (MAPS) had already been approved for by the beginning of 1994, the bombing acted as a catalyst to make MAPS a rousing success. One of the things that MAPS brought with it was a state of the art arena called the Ford Center that could host concerts and sporting events, especially hockey and basketball. Opening in 2002, the Ford Center served its purpose hosting top notch concerts, preseason basketball games, and minor league hockey. Continue reading 5 for 5: Tragedies, Courtrooms, and Beginnings