Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 7/3/13
You can stick a fork in the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Their days as a title contender are just about done.  I wrote this about them two years ago, after they made it the Western Conference Finals and put up a game effort against the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks: As soon as the old lions fade away, the world will be theirs.  But if you check the history, this rarely comes to pass.  In fact the opposite usually takes place; the precocious bunch that takes the world by storm one year is often disbanded within a few seasons and the franchise that housed them may quickly find themselves back in the lottery.  Right now, things look great for the Thunder.  Their core seven are all young: Kevin Durant and  Westbrook are 22, Serge Ibaka and James  Harden are 21, Eric Maynor is 23, and Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins are both 26 years old.  They look set to rule the West starting next year while the Lakers and Mavericks stagger into old age, but if history is to judge, don’t bet on i...
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