By Josh Kramer
Most of the attention regarding the Western Conference this off-season has been focused on the newly revamped Los Angeles Lakers. Rightfully so. In adding two-time MVP Steve Nash and the best center in the NBA, it appears Kobe has the pieces in place to nab #6. But who won the Western Conference championship last year though? Who went to the Western Conference finals the year before? Oh yeah, that team out of Oklahoma City. With yesterday’s four-year contract extension of 22-year-old swat team captain Serge Ibaka, the youth movement continues on in OKC.
In this day and age defined by free agency, blockbuster deals, and unhappy players, core groups rarely stay together for an extended period of time. Oklahoma City is looking to defy the odds and build a dynasty out of a group of guys that they drafted, molded, and groomed. Continue reading