Today feels like revenge. I don’t know why, but it just does.
Kristian Winfield (SB Nation) on Paul George and Carmelo Anthony finally having the perfect superstar teammate: “Here is Westbrook — reigning league MVP, all-time single-season triple-double leader, and walking terminator — who carried his team of non All-Stars to a competitive first-round exit to the Houston Rockets in the playoffs. Now, enter two more All-Stars, two more egos, and two more offensive superstars who each need to eat to be satisfied. Or so we thought. That’s the beauty of what Anthony said. Russell Westbrook can have the main course — let Melo and PG-13 have the sides.”
David Brandon (16 Wins A Ring) looks at the shooting guards on the roster: “Huestis is the surprise. After barely playing, and even then largely playing at the 4, Huestis has seen significant backcourt and frontcourt minutes over the last few games. He’s definitely not where he needs to be yet on rotations, but Huestis might wind up a usable member of the team, which not many observers expected. Though he’s worse defensively than Roberson and worse offensively than Abrines, he’s more well-rounded than both, with a clean release on his 3-point shot and good balance navigating screens on the perimeter. He fouls too much, but that might work itself out with time. Don’t fool yourself—at this point he’s maaaaaybe replacement level. But that might be just enough for now.”
The Thunder are looking to do what every beauty queen vows to do: fight hunger: “The Oklahoma City Thunder and Whataburger have partnered to help fight hunger in Oklahoma during this holiday season through a food drive at next Friday’s Thunder game and a three-week fundraiser at Whataburger restaurants.”
Erik Horne (NewsOK) on Patrick Patterson using these first few regular season games as his preseason: “It was not only a reminder of Patterson’s importance to the Thunder’s rotation this season, but a reminder that the 6-foot-9, 230-pounder is still working his way back from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. “Technically, this is my preseason,” Patterson told The Oklahoman. “Surgery was mid-August, and then first contact, even with coaches doing individual contact, was the second or third preseason game?”
Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on Josh Huestis preparing for whatever minutes he gets: “A lot of internal dialogue, talking about what I’m gonna do when I get out there,” Huestis told The Oklahoman. “A lot of positive visualization, too — seeing my shots go in, seeing myself make defensive stops. I’m talking myself through what I’m gonna do when I get out there.”
Royce Young (ESPN) on Carmelo Anthony and Paul George fitting in with Russell Westbrook: “Westbrook and the new-look Thunder are four games in and fully aware of the required patience to work through the growing pains of such a roster overhaul. And as they begin to carve out an identity, it’s becoming clear to everyone involved: For the Thunder to reach their potential, Westbrook has to remain Westbrook. “We came here for you,” Anthony said he told Westbrook. “We came here because we believe in what you can do and what you bring to the game, and we don’t want you to stop doing that. We want you to be that player, we want you to be that person, and we’ll fit in.”