There are only two professional sports in Oklahoma — college football and the NBA.
And fans are flocking to see both. Or, in the case of the NBA, they will be flocking there once there is a season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder became the fifth NBA team to sell out its allotment of season tickets, reports the Oklahoman (via I am a GM). There will still be some single game tickets available for purchase (eventually) but the Thunder were able to fill the crucial seats with season tickets. That’s a step on the road to making money.
The sell out says something about that city’s commitment to the team, although you can wonder what would happen if the Thunder were not one of the NBA’s up-and-coming teams, a title contender with a huge star in Kevin Durant. This is not a big market to draw from, it’s something to wath should this team ever struggle for a few years.
But for now, people want to see the Thunder. And Durant.
The other teams to sell out season seats? The Lakers, Celtics, Bulls and Knicks. In keeping with Miami in-game traditions, Heat fans will show up and sell out games after the first quarter of the season.
Joel Embiid on Monday will have an MRI on his injured left knee and is now listed as out indefinitely.
Embiid has been experiencing swelling and soreness in the left knee injury that has caused him to miss 16 out of the last 17 games. Bryan Colangelo announced back on Feb. 11 that Embiid has a minor meniscal tear. In his most recent press conference last Friday, Colangelo had targeted this Friday’s home game against the Knicks as a possibility for Embiid’s return. Now, that isn’t the case.
Embiid had been the biggest ray of hope for Philadelphia, but the 76ers shouldn’t chase watchability down the stretch. Sit Embiid until he’s fully healthy and secure the best draft position possible.
Maybe Embiid’s body just can’t handle the rigors of NBA basketball, but Philadelphia has no choice but to hope for the best with him and Simmons. And hope the nail the their first-round pick this year and get the Lakers’ first-rounder.
This could still be a dangerously good team in coming years. The Process created that potential.
But the threat of injury always looms around the corner, maybe especially so for Embiid.
Report: Knicks’ Joakim Noah likely to miss rest of season after knee surgery
Prepare for the talk next fall about Noah feeling refreshed and ready to help the Knicks.
But this surgery won’t reverse the underlying problem: Noah is a 31-year-old big man with heavy mileage. He can manage his knees, but it’s probably too late for him to regain enough athleticism to reliably contribute.
Just three years and $55 million+ remaining on his contract, which already looked like the NBA’s worst deal and is now even more unfavorable.
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