Daily Thunder Rumblings – 04 Oct 2017

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Danny Chau (The Ringer) looks at the Thunder’s best and worst-case scenarios in his preview: “What apprehension exists in Melo’s fit doesn’t exist for George, who has exhibited all of those qualities and abilities in his time with Indiana—he can create his own shot, spot-up, position himself off the ball, and defend just about every position. He is not only the perfect running mate for Westbrook—he’s just about the perfect running mate for any franchise player. The Thunder will go as far as their new Big Three takes them, and their talent alone suggests they could go deep.”

Tony Heim (Thunderous Intentions) with five take-aways from last night’s game: “Throw away the score when you break down this game. While Mike D’Antoni was focused on working Chris Paul with his main playing partners, Billy Donovan used the time to get Oklahoma City’s young prospects valuable playing time. Terrance Ferguson, Daniel Hamilton and Josh Huestis all got at least 14 minutes; they all looked pretty good too. More importantly, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George looked comfortable in Billy Donovan’s offense. There were obviously moments where players were late to screens and misreading teammates, but overall the ball movement on offense is already better.”

Paul George is really enjoying the locker room aspect of the organization.

Guerin Emig (Tulsa World) on the reception Westbrook received in Tulsa: ““Russell!” David Armstrong hollered. Westbrook looked at the gray-haired man from Broken Arrow. He was wearing a white T-shirt with a color photo of Westbrook on the chest. Above that was the phrase “Triple Double Season.” Westbrook saw the man, caught a glimpse of the shirt his niece had made for him, and pointed right back. Armstrong nodded with obvious joy and said: “Awesome.” This was the vibe inside the BOK Center on Tuesday night.”

Gene Vieth (Patheos) talking about the correlation between the Thunder and Oklahoma City: “The success of the Oklahoma City Thunder is only one facet of a city that had died but that has been brought back to life. First the Oklahoma City Thunder surprised the basketball world by pulling off a trade for superstar Paul George. Then the Thunder surprised the basketball world again by pulling off a trade for superstar Carmelo Anthony. Now the team’s own superstar, this year’s MVP Russell Westbrook has made a long-term commitment to the team by signing a 5-year extension, a $233 million deal that will constitute the biggest contract in NBA history.”

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on the injury suffered by Steven Adams in Tuesday’s preseason game: “The Thunder center took a tumble and felt a tweak after the Rockets’ James Harden pulled him to the court in the third quarter of Houston’s 104-97 preseason win against Oklahoma City Tuesday night at the BOK Center. “I’ll be fine, mate,” Adams said. “They got me on some drugs.”

The NBA made some big time changes to their All-Star game format. 

Dawson (NewsOK) says the Rockets know Anthony will fit in well in Oklahoma City: “And D’Antoni is confident Anthony will find a fit with Westbrook and Paul George in a new-look Thunder lineup. D’Antoni noted that Anthony thrived with elite talent playing power forward for Team USA in the Olympics and said the evolution of the NBA game has made him “an unbelievable four.” “Are you kidding me?” D’Antoni said of Anthony adjusting to his new team. “He’s one of the better players in the game. He’ll be good. He’ll be real good.”

Bill Haisten (Tulsa World) on Terrance Ferguson’s trip back to Tulsa as a member of the Thunder: “As a 10-year-old during the summer of 2008, Terrance Ferguson was part of a group that was given a tour of the then-brand-new BOK Center in downtown Tulsa. As the building enters its 10th year of operation, Ferguson has never attended an event in the arena. He finally gets to experience the BOK Center on Tuesday, but he won’t need a ticket.”

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