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Welcome to the NBA: The Thunder?

In this edition of the Four-Point Play, I’ll look into the new NBA team in Oklahoma City. I’ll also discuss how stupid Mario Chalmers is, Ben Gordon’s possible move to Russia, and the Celtics taking yet another tour with the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

1. It was widely reported Wednesday that the new NBA team in Oklahoma City (the former Sonics) will now be called the Thunder.

2. NBA rookies Mario Chalmers and Darren Arthur, heroes during the NCAA tournament, were thrown out of the NBA’s rookie transition program after getting caught with marijuana.

  • Chalmers and Arthur have to be among the dumbest 10% of people on the planet. Why would you bring weed to rookie camp and run the risk of getting caught? How could a few good smokes really be worth the risk?
  • If I were NBA Commissioner David Stern I would fine them oodles of money and suspend them for the first 25 games. If they don’t understand that they can’t get away with that in the pros, then they don’t belong in the pros. It’s that simple.

3. Ben Gordon reportedly has played his last game with the Chicago Bulls, and is now considering a 1-year deal to play in Russia.

  • Apparently, multiple reports out of Europe say that Gordon has had talks with CSKA Moscow. Instead of taking a one-year, $6.4 million deal with the Bulls (a qualifying offer), Gordon would rather take a $5.5 million deal to play in Europe. He must really want out of Chicago.
  • What’s crazier, is that the Bulls are reportedly offering Gordon a six-year, $59 million deal. How and why would he turn that down? He won’t get that anywhere else.

4. Leon Powe will be with the 2008 Larry O’Brien Trophy at the Natick Mall this Saturday, September 6.

  • According to, those who sign up for the Celtics Championship license plate, will have the opportunity to pose with Powe and the trophy.
  • In case you haven’t seen the trophy, you should probably check it out…that is if you live in the Natick area. I do not so I guess I won’t be seeing it, but hopefully I’ll catch a glimpse in the near future.

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