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March 4, 2008 9:29 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
The plan to imrpove the Ford Center and build a NBA practice facility easily passed in Oklahoma City Tuesday night. Read our story here.
Meanwhile, the Sonics gave the Detroit Pistons all that they could handle and nearly captured their biggest upset of the season before falling 100-97 at The Palace at Auburn Hills. Here's the Associated Press game story.
Some final thoughts ...
If the Sonics draft as well as the Pistons over the next three years, then at the very least they will have a very nice bench. Four of Detroit's six premier reserves were acquired in the draft. They're good role players, but not sure if anyone will be an All-Star with the exception of Rodney Stuckey, who is being groomed to take over for Chauncey Billups.
Since the Sonics are focusing on developing the Young Four (Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Johan Petro and Mickael Gelabale) then we'll focus on them.
Durant was fantastic. He sank his first five shots and finished with 23 points on 7-for-14 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists. Green (15 points) was impressive knocking down two of four three-pointers, but he's still best in transition when he's attacking the basket. Petro had 10 rebounds, but he didn't control the middle and Gelabale has completely fallen off. He was scoreless, missing three shots in nine minutes.
It's becoming increasingly obvious that Luke Ridnour (0-4 shooting, 0 points and 0 assists) has no future with the Sonics. After the Tuesday morning shootaround, he said he still has the same confidence that he had early in his NBA career, but I just don't see it.
This seven-game road trip could get real ugly real quick. The Sonics play Milwaukee Wednesday.
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