Daily Thunder Rumblings – 19 July 2017

img_4133-5Happy Hump-Day all. Here are the Rumblings…

A moment of silence for the orange Sunset jerseys (according to Erik Horne).

On that same note, here are some interesting tidbits about the upcoming apparel change for the NBA.

Dakari Johnson is getting a lot of attention in his quest to make it to the NBA: “The Developmental League (re-named to the NBA Gatorade League) has given Johnson the minutes he has needed to prove he’s capable of producing for an NBA organization. “Playing in the D-League, they put you in a lot of different positions where I can expand my game. Shooting the mid-range (jumper), handling the ball, doing different things. I feel like my game has grown,” Johnson said. “In college, it was kind of a system thing. Up in the NBA or in the D-League, there’s a freedom. It’s players making decisions.” His expanded game was evident in the Orlando Summer league. Mark Daigneault — head coach with the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder’s G-League affiliate, and the coach of OKC’s Summer League team — has worked with the talented big man every step of the way this offseason, mentioning he sees a lot of a former Thunder player in Johnson’s abilities.”

Billy Donovan is getting a crash course on all his new players: “When the Thunder coach flew to Los Angeles to meet with Paul George soon after Oklahoma City acquired George in a trade, Donovan wanted to talk about the big picture with the small forward. “I think throughout the course of the summer we’ll have more and more of an opportunity to sit down and talk about basketball and those kind of things,” Donovan said last week. “But it was really more just to get to know him a little bit more as a person and get to know a little bit more about his family and his background and what he’s been through throughout the course of his life.”

Brett Dawson on the conman that tried to fleece Russell Westbrook into some signed sneakers.

A good, honest Q-and-A interview from Doug McDermott to his alma mater’s paper: “I’m a different player now. I think I’ve continued to get better, but I’ve had to learn to play a different position, honestly. In college, I was mainly a 4 man trailing the play, posting up a lot. I don’t really get much of that anymore in the NBA. I knew it would take time because playing the 2 and 3 in the NBA is probably the toughest spot because you gotta guard. It’s been really hard because you’re learning how to play a different position at the highest stage of basketball. So I feel like I’ve really grown a lot. Kinda learned my role and try to embrace it.”

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