Daily Thunder Rumblings – 13 July 2017

Had a great time at the Paul George welcoming party and introductory press conference. Hopefully next year, at this time, we’ll be celebrating his contract extension. Here are the Rumblings.

Royce Young looks at the year long recruitment the Thunder are about to undertake with Paul George: “George was supposed to arrive at 1 p.m., and word had circulated on social media. Thunder fans, as has become their tradition, deployed to meet at their usual spot. On what was of course the hottest day yet of summer in Oklahoma, George’s flight was delayed an hour and a half. Bottles of water were passed around. A dozen or so pizzas showed up. Fans chanted, played music, fanned themselves with homemade signs and exchanged conversations that mostly started and ended with some variation of “Paul George? Paul George!” But George was here now, and he walked to the fence and pressed his hand up against it, dragging it from one end of the line to the other. Fans chanted “P-G-O-K-C!” as he posed for a selfie up against the fence. He waved and jumped in a black SUV. Fans hustled their way to line the road that exited the hanger and waved at George and his family as they were chauffeured off into OKC. And thus began Day 1 of a one-year recruiting trip.”

Paul George has his Thunder-inspired shoes. And now you can too.

Raymond Felton felt the Thunder were the right fit: ““I think it (the Thunder’s offseason moves) was a factor that made it 100 percent,” Felton said Tuesday after his introductory news conference with Patterson. “But it was also one of the teams I was looking for, I was targeting from the beginning. “But after the moves, it was a no-brainer.”

NBA.com’s BlogTable wonder if the Thunder have gotten significantly better.

Alex Abrines poked some fun at Enes Kanter’s recent workout video.

Russell Westbrook won Male Athlete of the Year at the ESPYs last night and Kevin Durant got roasted.

Paul George is eager to play with Russell Westbrook: “I was thrilled, I was looking forward to it. All I wanted was a chance and an opportunity to play for something special and ultimately win a championship and right off the back I think I get that here, playing alongside Russ. “We’ve had a lot of time to talk. Right after the trade I called him that night and we kind of talked and went over the excitement of playing alongside one another. Yesterday we got a good time, we had a lot of time to talk.”

Erik Horne looks at how this is a different approach to recruitment from the Thunder: “By the time George took the stage at The Jones Assembly in downtown Oklahoma City on Wednesday, what the Thunder was working was clear: George’s arrival in Oklahoma City was equal parts celebration and recruitment. “To actually be a part of this side, you get it,” said George, who wasn’t surprised by the reception from the fans and Thunder staff. “You understand the love here. You get why they’re so passionate about this team.”

Paul George will wear no. 13, two years after denying Dion Waiters the chance to wear that jersey number: “Until 2012, the only player to wear No. 13 for the Oklahoma City Thunder was James Harden. This fall, the lucky number goes to another superstar — and it may be a sign of greater changes to come.”

Berry Tramel says Patrick Patterson is not the Thunder’s biggest free agent signing: “Given that list, it’s easy to think of Patterson as the Thunder’s top free-agent signing ever. But it would be wrong. The Thunder’s top free-agent signee was the oft-forgotten and much-maligned Krstic. Sam Presti signed Krstic in Russia, of all places, where the Serb was playing professionally. Krstic, a 7-foot center, had played four seasons with the New Jersey Nets but returned to European basketball in 2008. Krstic was a solid player. Not a star, but solid. In four New Jersey seasons, Krstic played in 226 games and started 201. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds a game, while 49.4 percent.”

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