That the Oklahoma City Thunder are bad is not surprising. The franchise formerly known as the Sonics, an NBA-worst 1-10 through Tuesday, is attempting to rebuild through the painstaking process of the draft. The Thunder's core players and three leading scorers -- shooting guard
But what the Thunder did not expect to be is a team that, at times, has appeared to be lazy, disinterested defensively and poorly coached.
Yet that's exactly what the Thunder have been. Last Friday in New York, Oklahoma City trailed by 30 early in the third quarter of a 116-106 loss to the Knicks. Moving like they had weights glued to their sneakers, the Thunder allowed the Knicks to shoot 60.9 percent in the first quarter. They made
At the team's shootaround that morning, Durant insisted that he had worked diligently to improve his defense. But hours later he was so bad on the defensive end that Thunder coach
Not that Carlesimo was helping the situation. While Knicks coach
"When you have a team that young, you have to be able to execute on offense," the scout said. "They are not executing
"It shouldn't be as happy as it is right now," Collison told
Change won't come easy this season, not with a roster loaded with question marks. Starting point guard
"When you talk about why
"People forget what
While the Thunder wait for Durant, Green and Westbrook to grow together, they also have one eye toward next summer, when general manager
"We're having our peaks and valleys," Carlesimo said. "The biggest problem has been when we go bad, we go bad on both ends of the floor. We can't afford the extremes. We need to be more consistent."