NTTB Rumblings – 11 December 2017

cropped-nowthatsthunderbasketball_sheriffbadge1.jpgJimmy Do (OKCThunder.com) looks at Paul George’s Christmas party for stroke awareness: “Through the Paul George Foundation, the friendly zap session was part of the fun and games at Main Event Entertainment during the inaugural PG Christmas Celebration for seven local families with stroke survivors. With a red Santa hat sat cocked atop his head, George arrived with a large bag full of gifts slung over his shoulder doing his best impersonation of Jolly Old St. Nick.”

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on Carmelo Anthony’s recent offensive struggles: “But Anthony is known — and sees himself, first and foremost — as a scorer. And in that regard, he isn’t just in a rough patch. He’s having a difficult season. Anthony is shooting 40.6 percent from the floor, which would be a career low. He’s hitting 33.8 percent of his 3-point shots, which would be ranked in the middle of his 3-point shooting seasons but is his worst mark since 2012.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) showing the readers a film study on how Alex Abrines got open for each of his 3-point attempts against the Grizzlies: “I just felt confident this morning,” Abrines said. “Then we start the game and I hit the first three I shot. That gives a lot of confidence to shooters. I think this, mixed with Russ and Carmelo finding when I was wide open, hitting threes was easy.”

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) putting much of the blame for the Thunder’s slow start on Billy Donovan: “And that’s got to be a coaching issue. Meshing newcomers with holdovers, asking stars to play outside their long-established comfort zones, motivating players to either sacrifice or try new things, that’s a textbook definition of coaching. That’s what coaching is all about. This isn’t a call to fire Donovan. Changing coaches wouldn’t help the Thunder.”

According to Paul George, Paul George is playing in Monday’s game against Charlotte. 

Chris Barnewell (CBS Sports) says Victor Oladipo is tired of being compared to Paul George: “Victor Oladipo and the Pacers are surging. Paul George and the Thunder are struggling. So of course, everybody wants to compare the two players and their teams results since they were traded for each other over the summer. While George has struggled to gain a consistent footing with Oklahoma City, Oladipo has been thriving in Indiana. However, Oladipo doesn’t enjoy the constant comparisons to him and George. He’s plenty happy in Indiana and would like to move on from his time in OKC. He’s sure George has done the same.”

Adam Caparell (Complex) chronicling Chris Brickley, the trainer to several NBA players, to include Carmelo Anthony: “Even if his name doesn’t sound familiar, chances are you probably saw one of his videos. Because unless you went off the grid completely this past summer, the 31-year-old’s Instagram videos of the NBA’s elite playing pickup games in New York City went viral. Or maybe you saw the one he posted of Anthony getting after it on a late July night that basically kicked off the whole Hoodie Melo craze.”

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