Daily Thunder Rumblings – 09 June 2017

Forbes ranks the world’s highest paid athletes: Russell Westbrook comes in as the 13th richest athlete and the 5th richest in the NBA. Who said you couldn’t get paid if you played in Oklahoma City?

Apparently, the Westbrooks finally got a night out on the town. As a veteran of several children, I know how appreciative new parents can be of their “we” time.

Steven Adams is back in New Zealand. And his beloved camo jacket is back on Steven Adams. 

Brett Dawson looks at Oladipo’s early offseason body transformation: “The day after the Thunder season ended, Victor Oladipo promised he was embarking on a serious summer. “I’m going to work and work, and I’m going to work some more,” Oladipo said. “After that, I’m going to work some more after that.” It looks like he’s fulfilling that promise, at least in the weight room.”

So what if NBA players were allowed to participate in the new 3-on-3 basketball that will be featured in the upcoming 2020 Olympics? Which Thunder players would likely be included?

Alex Abrines spoke with Erik Hornes and there were some interesting tidbits: “The weight you’ve gained since the end of the season, was that a goal of yours going into the offseason?“In the summer time you don’t have games so you can lift a little bit more than usual and work on your body. I need that to play at the highest level in the NBA. I think that was a big step I needed – just four weeks. It didn’t take long. I’m still going to work more, maybe weigh a couple pounds more but the goal was that, and we did it in four weeks. It was pretty hard in the beginning, but it’s not all on the court and basketball. You’ve gotta work on your body also. This is the best moment to do it.”

Josh Huestis’ hometown paper wrote about his visit to a recent sports award banquet: “When Josh Huestis returns to his hometown on May 22 to speak at the Great Falls Tribune’s second annual Northcentral Montana Sports Awards banquet, he’ll be the best rebounder on the dais. And perhaps the best writer, too. Huestis, the former C.M. Russell High star who just completed his third season in the Oklahoma City Thunder organization, has been crafting a new blog called “Through The Lens.” It’s filled with insightful thoughts that come straight from the heart. The 25-year-old Huestis has been primarily an NBA D-League performer – and an excellent one at that – during his pro basketball career. Though he’s on the Oklahoma City Thunder roster, minutes have not come readily in NBA games so far for the 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward.”

Brett Dawson talks with Dakari Johnson of the Oklahoma City Blue: “The former Kentucky center has logged two seasons in the NBA Development League, showing major strides from his first year to his second. The 21-year-old starred for the Oklahoma City Blue this season, averaging 18.5 points and 7.9 rebounds and making the All-NBA Development League First Team. Now Johnson is hungry for the next step.”

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