When Did The Thunder Get So Depressing?
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Even bigger picture? This team left Seattle and set off a chain reaction in two cities that still isn't resolved. We overlooked it because they turned into the most exciting, addictive roster in the NBA. Since then, the owner who moved them has refused to pay the luxury tax because he doesn't want to risk profits, even as his team's value has almost certainly appreciated by hundreds of millions of dollars. And so a team that seemed too good to be true 12 months ago has been stripped to its bare essentials.
Biggest picture? Last year, the Thunder were the team you could point to if you wanted to make someone fall in love with the NBA.
This year, the Thunder turned into a team that embodies everything that should make someone cynical about loving the NBA.