NTTB Rumblings – 20 February 2018

img_4063The Oklahoma City Thunder look to make Jordan Rodriguez’s dream come true. We’re pulling for you Jordan.

Isaiah Freedman (Welcome To Loud City) makes a case for Steven Adams being one of the best big man in the league: “Often maligned by critics for averaging “only” 9 rebounds per game, 5.24 of those coming off the offensive glass, tops in the NBA and on pace to finish 3rd best all-time, Adams more than makes up for it by leading the league with more than 11 box outs per game.”

Des Bieler (Washington Post) looks back at the mending of fences that was this weekend for Westbrook and Kevin Durant: “Speaking at a media session ahead of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, for which he and Westbrook are teammates on a squad drafted by LeBron James, Durant told reporters, “I just got out of my own head, and got out of my own way, and stopped thinking it was even a thing.”

Spencer Lund (Complex) on why Westbrook may become the greatest All-Star player ever: “His jumper was falling in 2015 and 2016 when he became the first player since Bob Pettit in 1958-59 to win consecutive All-Star Game MVP awards. But jumpers alone don’t win MVP awards. Fortunately for Russ, rims quiver in trepidation when he accelerates at mid-court and beats the first defender. His dunking dynamism is an added boost to his All-Star Game legacy. Finally, no one has the Mamba mentality quite like Russ. He attempted an NBA-high 78 shots over his last three All-Star games––even counting Anthony Davis’ NBA-record 39 attempts in clinching last season’s All-Star MVP. Westbrook’s game meshes perfectly with the annual exhibition.”

Westbrook introduced the second drop for his Honor The Gift fashion line in LA during All-Star weekend.

Mikelle Street (Men’s Journal) on Westbrook creating Jordan Brand’s new classic: “We’ve done signature shoes before with Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, but I think we’ve taken that to another level with Russell,” said Jordan Brand president Larry Miller. And while he admitted that the retro product (the original Air Jordans we have come to know and love) are certainly what drive the business, it is the hope that Westbrook’s contributions will become the new classics.”

A young lady asked Steven Adams to her prom, and he accepted………three years later. Never change, Steven. Lol!

Tania Ganguli (LA Times) on Paul George coming home for the All-Star game and his future decisions: “He’s always wanted to play at home in L.A., but the Thunder have done a great job of making him feel valued,” said Teiosha George, who speaks to her brother several times a week. “That’s going to be a tough decision that he’s going to have to make.” In some ways, where he is now more closely resembles his hometown than Los Angeles actually does. Oklahoma is a little bit sleepier without the bustle of a city or even much of the crowdedness that comes with urban sprawl.”

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