NTTB Rumblings – 26 January 2018

cropped-nowthatsthunderbasketball_sheriffbadge1.jpgRoyce Young (ESPN) on the slight that may have motivated Russell Westbrook in the Wizards game: “That’s cool, man, that’s good, man, they finally got the teams figured out,” he said. Then from his nearby locker, Carmelo Anthony yelled out, “Tell ’em how you really feel!” Westbrook smiled and laughed. “But I see I was the last pick on the list — I was just trying to figure out how …” Westbrook said, referring to a list tweeted out by James.”

Local innovators now have the opportunity to be sponsored by the Thunder for their start-ups: “The flagship program for the space is a partnership with StitchCrew, an Oklahoma City company that seeks to foster technology-driven entrepreneurs in getting their ideas off the ground and ready to be venture-backed. The company will host an accelerator batch at the Thunder Launchpad this spring, giving a class of startup founders in all industries the space, resources and mentors they need to introduce their ventures to investors.”

All the different colorways that will be available for Westbrook’s signature shoe line from Jordan.

Alec Nathan (Bleacher Report) on Scott Brooks’ assessment of Paul George: “NBA head coaches passed over Paul George as a reserve selection for the 2018 All-Star Game, but that didn’t stop Washington Wizards boss Scott Brooks from heaping praise on the swingman for the way he’s anchored the Oklahoma City Thunder on both ends of the floor this season.”

Sam Gutelle (TubeFilter) on Paul George promoting his new Nike shoe with the help of some YouTube stars. 

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) talked to Scott Brooks, who had some things to say about OKC: “Scotty Brooks was back in town Wednesday night, for just the second time since he was fired as the Thunder’s coach. This time, it wasn’t as big a deal. Last season, Brooks’ first as the Washington Wizards coach, was wildly cheered by the Thunder fans. OKC loved Brooks. Didn’t always love his coaching, but always loved Brooks. And that hasn’t changed. But other things conspired to take away the spotlight from Brooks’ second homecoming.”

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