NTTB Rumblings – 23 February 2018

img_4063Tim Keown (ESPN) on the evolution of Carmelo Anthony’s game: “The world has moved on, and he’s trying to move with it. Lord knows he’s trying. But for 15 years, Carmelo Anthony has tied his worth to what he can create from this one spot. It has given him 10 All-Star appearances and a scoring title and a cosmopolitan lifestyle that comes with nearly $250 million in career earnings. He drinks only the best wine and smokes only the best cigars and is close enough with Barack Obama that the two of them are in the process of finalizing Anthony’s future role in the Obama Foundation. It has also created divisions on teams, serial conflicts with coaches and none of the postseason success that his talent seemed to portend when he left Syracuse in 2003 after one championship season.”

Nick Gallo ( on last night’s last second win over the Kings: “I caught it clean enough,” Westbrook smirked. “I gotta find a way to get space, obviously with one second left and kind of run him off of Steven. Coach drew up a great play,” Westbrook added. “They thought I was going for a lob. I just read the defender and tried to pop back and get some space.” “Competitors are winners,” forward Paul George said of Westbrook. “That’s what it comes down to. Guys who are super competitive find a way to win.”

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on how Paul George came out after the All-Star break: “The Thunder forward put his full offensive repertoire on display in the first quarter of Thursday’s game against Sacramento. But earlier in the day, George said he’d be happy with some hardware at the other end of the court.”

Dawson (NewsOK) on the Russell Westbrook game-winner: “The start was scintillating, the finish fantastic. The Thunder likely would like to forget what came between. Russell Westbrook’s 3-pointer at the buzzer Thursday night at Golden 1 Center lifted the Thunder to a 110-107 win against the Sacramento Kings and saved it from what would have been an embarrassing start to its post-All-Star stretch run.”

Jean E. Palmieri (WWD) on Carmelo Anthony getting into the hat game: “Anthony, who was traded to the Thunder at the end of last year, today will introduce a signature hat collection with San Francisco-based Goorin Bros. The partnership marks the first co-branded product line with a professional athlete for the venerable headwear company in its 122-year history.”

Zach Cronin (TBN) looks at all the entities involved in the Carmelo Anthony trade from 7 years ago: “Denver had an outstanding season themselves and went 50-32 before losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. Anthony had spent seven full seasons with the franchise after they drafted him third overall in 2003, and he quickly became one of the NBA’s most lethal and entertaining scorers.”

John Del Bianco (247 Sports) on PJ Dozier’s decision to join the NBA: “I’m in a great spot with a great organization in Oklahoma,” Dozier said. “Being able to be up with those guys, Russ and PG and Melo, learning from those guys and going back to the G-league and try to display what I learned. It’s all about taking strides, baby steps, and that’s what I’ve been doing, taking it one day at a time.”

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