DrumsInTheDeep here with a little pre-game reading for you. J.A. Sherman (from Welcome to Loud City) and I started what may be a recurring feature between our two blogs, similar to our Fraternizing With the Enemy series, but perhaps a little deeper. A couple weeks ago he reached out, explaining that since the Spurs and Thunder were perhaps destined to meet in the playoffs, and the squad in OKC has been noticeably attempting to emulate the Spurs' success, why not build a running dialogue? I jumped in with him, and here is the first in hopefully several installments. You can find where I answered his questions here. Enjoy!
THE QUESTION: How exactly have the Thunder been trying to follow the Spurs' model? You guys haven't been around THAT long--are you surprised you're already at championship level? What do you think has contributed to that?
1) The Thunder Model: Chasing the Champs