Finally, the schedule is out. Finally, I can map my life out for the next 10 months. Here are the Rumblings.
Russell Westbrook and Paul George finally got to work out together: “Russell Westbrook and Paul George are beginning the process of building chemistry on the court as the new duo had their first workout as Oklahoma City Thunder teammates on Monday in Los Angeles, sources told ESPN.com. At a gym on campus at UCLA, George and Westbrook went through drills and conditioning together, along with a few Thunder players, including Jerami Grant, Kyle Singler, Semaj Christon and Doug McDermott.”
The Thunder improved, but much of the Western Conference improved also: “With two NBA titles in three seasons and a core poised to continue its dominance, Golden State looks like a long-term terror, a juggernaut capable of smashing the opponents in its path for years to come. But this summer, the West focused on fight, not flight.”
Westbrook and Kevin Durant open up as the favorites to win the 2017-18 MVP: “Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant opened as the favorites to win the 2017-18 NBA MVP award, according to SportsInsights. The former teammates came in at +350, creating a decent gap between themselves and the rest of the pack. Kawhi Leonard is third on the list at +550, followed up by last season’s MVP-runner up James Harden at +700.”
Morgan Dunn of Sir Charles In Charge argues whether the Thunder’s offseason moves may have affected the franchise’s long-term health: “This is all good news, right? Well, in the short-term it most certainly is, but there are no guarantees after this season. Both George and Westbrook will be able to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2018, and it is widely believed around the league that PG13 wants to go home and join the Lakers. If George bolts for the west coast, Westbrook will be left with a roster that looks very similar to that of the 2016-17 season. While that roster helped him average a triple-double and win the MVP, I think even Russ knows that it’s not a winning brand of basketball. Could anyone really blame him if he left OKC for a better situation? He’ll be 29 by that time.”
Tony Heim of Thunderous Intentions looks at the ridiculousnes of fans when cryptic tweets are at play: “Poor Patrick Patterson. On August 10th the newest Oklahoma City Thunder power forward had surgery to repair a minor knee injury. The scheduled procedure went under-the-radar (like everything else surrounding the Thunder) until Patterson sent out a tweet the day before. This could have meant anything. Maybe Patterson was celebrating an anniversary of some sort. He very well could have had a movie marathon planned. Either way nothing from Patterson, the Thunder organization or the media suggested that he was hypothesizing a Russell Westbrook extension. But that’s exactly how virtually everyone took the tweet.”