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Big-time basketball in small markets

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 3, 2011

It took Kendrick Perkins a few hours to feel right at home at Oklahoma City. Since arriving in one of the smallest markets in the league, the Thunder have put an emphasis on top-notch facilities and operations. It's similar to the Cavs' approach under Dan Gilbert.

Anyhow, here is the story of how one market kept its star and is building around him. Of course, the Cavs tried this approach and LeBron James shunned them. So now they'll start over this summer with another pair of lottery picks.

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