6:40 a.m. — And then there was one. The Thunder’s next opponent, the Philadelphia 76ers, are the only winless NBA team remaining. The Sixers sank to 0-8 last night with a home loss to the Raptors, who hadn’t won since they faced OKC, having lost three straight. The Sixers had been tied with Brooklyn as the only winless team, but the Nets messed up and won last night at Houston, God bless them. The Boston Celtics, the Thunder’s next opponent after Philly, lost at home to Indy last night. The Memphis Grizzlies, the Thunder’s next opponent after Philly and Boston, lost at home last night. Then again, the Griz were playing Golden State, which only needs 73 straight to go 82-0. Point is this, with Kevin Durant out at least one week with a bum hamstring and OKC playing seven of its next nine at home, if this injury had to happen, now might be the most opportune time.
7:40 a.m. – Re-addressing the Jeff Lebby controversy, the Baylor assistant who was on the Tulsa sideline for the OU-Tulsa game in Norman two months ago. Lebby got sideline passes from Tulsa coach Phillip Montgomery, a former Baylor assistant himself under Art Briles, who happens to be Lebby’s father-in-law. Scouting future opponents in person is against NCAA rules, which is why Lebby will be serve a half-game suspension when the Sooners visit Baylor on Saturday. Here’s the deal, Lebby was removed after the first quarter of a game that happened two months ago. Even if Lebby was taking copious notes, which is wasn’t, all OU has to do is review that first quarter and tweak how they executed certain plays. It was the first quarter of one game. It’s not every quarter of every game played since then. Make some minor alterations. Sucker in those suckers.
8:40 a.m. – Remember last summer, when folks predicted doom for the Sacramento Kings with their Bermuda Triangle of coach George Karl, Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins? Rondo and Karl exchanged barbs and promised all was good. Cousins insisted there would be no problems with Karl before training camp opened. Well, that tension undeniable returned after a 1-7 start. There was a team meeting Tuesday, but you could clearly see the strain last night, and it was during a game the Kings actually won at home against Detroit. Allegedly, assistant coach Vlade Divac privately asked players if they wanted to fire Karl, which Divac denied, of course. So, all those who thought this year’s Kings just might be Cinderella, sorry, it’s well past midnight