It’s still early, there’s still plenty of time. But this Oklahoma City “Big Three” experiment has looked like a complete disaster.
With a record of 4-7, coming off their fourth straight loss, the Thunder have fallen to 12th in the West. Just for a taste of how bad things have been, the Thunder have lost to the Jazz, Timberwolves (twice), Celtics, Blazers, Kings, and Nuggets.
To begin the season, the Thunder were hailed as the West’s second-best team, and credited with being the Warriors’ only real threat. But after 11 games in, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
So what (or who) is the problem?
Well, according to the Norman Transcript, the team tried to answer that question last night, when they held a post-game, private team meeting:
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s locker room stayed closed a little longer than usual following Thursday’s 102-94 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
It gave players and coaches, alike, the opportunity to talk out some of the issues they’ve had on the current four-game losing streak, which has dropped the team to 4-7 on the season.
“You have to talk about it. You have to look at it. You have to be up front with everybody,” Carmelo Anthony said. “Everybody’s got to be held accountable for what’s going on.”
“Meetings just make sure we all stay together no matter what,” point guard Raymond Felton said. “Everybody said their piece. Coach said his piece…Right now, we going through something, and we got to stick together no matter what.”
It’s obviously not too late to turn things around, it’s only November. If this team wants to be taken seriously, however, they need to figure it out… fast.
Both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are free-agents in the summer, meaning they can both elect to leave the franchise after this season. With things not appearing to mesh well, and no solution in sight, it’d be hard for OKC to convince both stars to stay in town if things don’t improve.
As the season presses on, the pressure will be on for this team to figure things out. For the sake of salvaging this season, and for the sake of the team’s future, everything will ride on what happens in the next couple of months. At this point, the fate of the Oklahoma City Thunder lies in the stars they so desperately acquired over the summer.