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June 24, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you want to know how the 76ers are looking to build their team, the Oklahoma City Thunder are a perfect example. Oklahoma City has one of the NBA's elite franchises, averaging 54 wins over the last five seasons. Even that's a bit misleading because of the strike-shortened 2011-12 season. The Thunder finished 47-19 that season and advanced to the NBA Finals. But heading into the 2008 draft, the franchise had countless similarities to the present-day Sixers. (At the time, the Thunder were the Seattle SuperSonics before they relocated to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season.)
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November 24, 2014
James Harden was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets before the 2012-13 season. Information in Sunday's Inquirer was incorrect.
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July 28, 2010 | By Kevin Tatum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
76ers swingman Andre Iguodala is among 15 players who were selected as finalists for the 2010 USA World Championship Team. The survivors of the team's recent workouts in Las Vegas were announced Wednesday. Chester native and NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans did not make the cut. The team will re-assemble Aug. 9 in New York City, where it will train from there Aug. 10-16. The official 12-man USA roster will determined after the camp is complete, though USA Basketball chairman jerry Colangelo said a few more players may make the trip overseas for the games.
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February 4, 2013
Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was fitted with a neck brace and removed on a stretcher in Houston after colliding with teammate Jeff Taylor in the fourth quarter of Charlotte's 109-95 loss to the Rockets. Coach Mike Dunlap of Charlotte said after the game that the Camden native was moving his extremities and talking as he was wheeled off the floor. Irving silences Thunder. Kyrie Irving scored 35 points as the Cavaliers stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-110, on Saturday night in Cleveland.
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February 23, 2013
LeBron James led four Miami players in double figures with 26 points as the visiting Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls, 86-67, Thursday night. Dwyane Wade added 17 points, Chris Bosh had 12, and Ray Allen added 11 off the bench for the Heat (38-14), who have won nine in a row.   Knicks to sign Martin The New York Knicks traded swingman Ronnie Brewer to the Oklahoma City Thunder, opening up a roster spot that will be used to sign veteran forward Kenyon Martin. Team president Glen Grunwald said Martin will be signed to a 10-day contract with the hopes that he could remain for the rest of the season.
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October 28, 2012 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Unable to work out an extension with James Harden, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded the Sixth Man of the Year to the Houston Rockets on Saturday night, breaking up the young core of the Western Conference champions. The Thunder acquired guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks, and a second-round pick in the surprising deal. Oklahoma City also sent center Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to Houston. The Oct. 31 deadline to extend Harden or allow him to become a restricted free agent in July had hung over the Thunder since camp opened.
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June 19, 2012 | By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
MIAMI - Halfway to a title, and LeBron James shows no sign of letting this one get away. James had 29 points and 14 rebounds, and the Miami Heat took a two-games-to-one lead in the NBA Finals with a 91-85 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Dwyane Wade had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Heat, who were in this same position through three games last year, then didn't win again against the Dallas Mavericks. James' poor performance was part of the problem then, but he seems on top of his game this time.
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May 15, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
RUSSELL Westbrook had 27 points and nine assists, Kevin Durant added 25 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder blasted the weary Los Angeles Lakers, 119-90, on Monday night in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals. The Thunder took a 15-point halftime lead, then opened the third quarter with a 15-2 blitz filled with homecrowd-pleasing three-pointers and dunks. Oklahoma City led by as many as 35 points, getting a measure of vengeance for the elbow Metta World Peace delivered to the head of the Thunder's James Harden 3 weeks earlier - and without needing dirty tactics to do it. Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins limped off after aggravating a hip injury from the first round.
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December 29, 2012
Nets coach Avery Johnson was fired Thursday, his team having lost 10 of 13 games after a strong start to its first season in Brooklyn. "We don't have the same fire now that we did when we were 11-4," general manager Billy King said during a news conference in East Rutherford, N.J. Assistant P.J. Carlesimo will coach the Nets (14-14) on an interim basis. King would not comment on a report that the team planned to contact former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. Johnson was in the final year of a three-year, $12 million contract.
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March 7, 2013
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was fined $25,000 by the NBA but avoided a suspension for a below-the-belt shot on Blake Griffin during the Thunder's 108-104 win over the Clippers on Sunday. Avoiding the suspension allowed Ibaka to play Tuesday night against the Lakers. Carmelo wanted out, coach says New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony asked to come out of Monday's game against Cleveland before he suffered a knee injury. Knicks coach Mike Woodson told ESPN Tuesday that he erred in leaving Anthony on the floor after the all-star said he was injured.
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April 21, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Richardson is open to re-signing with the 76ers this summer. The 34-year-old envisions himself in a similar role to the one he had this season. He would mentor his young teammates, be a positive influence and receive some playing time - maybe just not as the starting shooting guard. "I don't have a problem coming back here," said Richardson, whose contract expires in June. "I like every guy in this locker room, believe it or not. . . . And I love coach Brett [Brown]. He's one of my favorite coaches of all time.
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March 6, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
OKLAHOMA CITY - Another opponent, another model for coach Brett Brown. In the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brown sees an organization he wants his team to emulate. One that has used drafts, free agency and trades wisely to become one of the perennial powers in the rugged Western Conference. Eight of the players on the current roster were gotten by draft, six by trade and one through free agency. Much of the roster that faced the 76ers last night at Chesapeake Energy Arena was gotten just as recently as the trade deadline.
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March 6, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY - The 76ers came close to ruining Russell Westbrook's ballyhooed return. Isaiah Canaan had an epic performance. Jason Richardson found the fountain of youth. And the no-quit Sixers overcame their miscues and shooting droughts. But the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to escape with a 123-118 overtime victory Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Westbrook finished with a career-high 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to record his fourth straight triple-double.
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March 5, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
For any NBA team that won't make the playoffs, and even for some teams that will, an 82-game regular season can be a slog, and the 76ers' regular season - by design, remember - has been sloggier than most. Whether one sees the logic in the deliberate, long-term process that general manager Sam Hinkie has followed in trying to rebuild the Sixers, no one can deny that it's responsible for some pretty rough displays of basketball these days. The Sixers are 13-47, and for all the optimism that Nerlens Noel's recent strong play has inspired and for all the praise that coach Brett Brown and his players deserve for their unflagging effort, it's still rare to find a game on the team's schedule when you say to yourself, Hey, that one could be a win right there.
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February 20, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WHETHER THE plethora of moves that general manager Sam Hinkie has made during his short tenure with the 76ers turns his organization into a contender at some point remains to be seen. What yesterday's trade deadline did prove right now is that The Plan is being pushed back for at least another year or so. During one of the busiest trade deadlines in NBA history, Hinkie made three moves - the most surprising sending Michael Carter-Williams, the reigning rookie of the year, to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team trade that landed the Sixers a 2015 first-round draft pick.
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February 20, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
IN ALL THE dealings, manipulations and exchanges of bodies yesterday, the Sixers came away with center JaVale McGee, point guard Isaiah Canaan, a second-round pick and two protected first-round picks. Protected is another word for conditional, which is another word for confusion. Of the four first-round picks the Sixers could own in the 2015 NBA draft, three have the word "protected" adjoined. We'll go pick by pick. * The Miami pick: The Sixers acquired the pick on Aug. 23, 2014, from Cleveland in the Thaddeus Young deal with Minnesota.
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January 7, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dion Waiters said he was unaware of his role with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday morning. By 7 p.m., the Philadelphia native didn't have to worry about that. Waiters was pulled out of the starting lineup before the start of the game against the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. He was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a three-team trade. The New York Knicks sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers and received Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and a second-round pick in return.
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December 8, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THE WINNING streak is over, but the positives that came out of last night's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder might have outnumbered the ones taken from the team's only win of the season on Wednesday in Minnesota. No, Oklahoma City wasn't at its elite level, as Kevin Durant was playing only his second game of the season after suffering a broken foot, and Russell Westbrook only his fifth because of a busted hand. And sure, the Sixers still suffered a 12-point setback, 103-91. But they took what OKC dealt and just kept fighting, sticking around like an annoying fly in the summer.
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December 7, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
So after just one win, it was back to normal for the 76ers on Friday night. A 103-91 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder put the Sixers back in familiar territory after Wednesday's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. That win snapped their franchise record-setting season-opening losing streak at 17. To their credit, the overmatched Sixers were scrappy. They battled back from a 20-point, third-quarter deficit and pulled within seven points (93-86) on Luc Mbah a Moute's layup with 3 minutes, 12 seconds left.
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November 24, 2014
James Harden was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets before the 2012-13 season. Information in Sunday's Inquirer was incorrect.
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