NTTB Rumblings – 30 Oct 2017

cropped-nowthatsthunderbasketball_sheriffbadge1.jpgIn case you didn’t hear, the Thunder’s plane hit something on their flight from Minnesota to Chicago. Everyone is okay, though.

Royce Young (ESPN) on Russell Westbrook getting a triple-double against every team in the NBA: “Already well-entrenched in the NBA record book for his triple-doubles, Westbrook added another mark: He is the only player in NBA history to record a triple-double against every team he has faced. “He had one against us in practice,” Carmelo Anthony said jokingly afterward.”

If you’ve ever wondered what life would be like if Russell Westbrook chose to be a beekeeper, instead of a basketball players, well here’s your glimpse into that reality. 

Jenni Carlson (NewsOK) on why Paul George is so heavy into stroke awareness: “His mom was having a stroke. “She was pronounced dead at one point,” George said. She was not only saved but also returned to full health — and no one is more grateful than her only son. For the past couple years, Paul George has lent his name and given his voice to efforts by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. As they attempt to increase awareness about prevention and treatment on World Stroke Day, he is an example of how important it is to take quick action at the first sign of a stroke.”

Phonetics can be difficult for some people, even announcers.

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the decision the team could face with Josh Huestis: “Oklahoma City has a team option on the fourth year of Huestis’ rookie contract. The team has to decide by Tuesday if it wants to pick up that 2018-19 option or allow him to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. There’s a case for either action.”

Horne on Andre Roberson’s fluctuating minutes: “He finally hit his first 3-pointer of the season in Chicago, but his offensive game is around the rim, and he’s shooting just 47.1 percent within five feet of the basket. The good news is Roberson started slowly last season, too, but finished among the Thunder’s leaders from within five feet (63.4 percent). While Roberson gets his rhythm, Josh Huestis and Jerami Grant have been the beneficiaries. Grant and Huestis have logged a combined 19 minutes with Westbrook, Steven Adams, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony through six games, or roughly eight times as much as they did combined all of last season.”

Martin Rickman (UPROXX) on the joy of seeing Carmelo Anthony having fun again: “By the end, my feelings about Melo as a player got even more complicated because my feelings regarding what I knew about him as a person. He appeared to be a good and caring father to his son (you could see that through social media or whenever his son, Kiyan, wandered into the locker room after games), and he’d grown into a citizen of the world that cared about trivial things like hats and watches — timepieces, as he so awkwardly referring to them in that staggeringly-weird ESPN feature about his business exploits — but also important social issues. And he didn’t just care about them from the sidelines; he marched in Baltimore and made a speech at the ESPYs. He spoke out about what was important to him, and I admired the hell out of that.”

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