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The Long View: Building around Ja and Shai, Preaching Patience in Rebuilds

I have Yosef AKA Thunder Film Room to talk about the processes of the Grizzlies and Thunder.

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The Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder are in two very interesting situations. Both teams clearly are gearing up for a Western Conference where LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kawhi Leonard are close to the finish lines of their career, but they're at different paces. The Grizzlies are still building up a young team through playoff expectations, while making moves gearing towards the future. The Thunder are putting together the biggest rebuilding job since the Sam Hinkie “Process” 76ers.

To preview this game, I have Yosef — the admin for the Thunder Film Room Twitter account — on the show to talk about these fascinating long-term dynamics.

  • The up’s and down’s of Steven Adams
  • Josh Giddey and his fit as a secondary ball-handler
  • How the Thunder are building around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Giddey
  • The desired formula of building around Ja Morant and SGA
  • Jaren Jackson Jr.’s play and contract
  • Preaching patience to fanbases of rebuilding teams

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