NTTB Rumblings – 27 February 2018

img_4063Royce Young (ESPN) on Paul George saying the Thunder’s Big 3 are officiated differently: “George was demonstrative talking with the officials a number of times after driving at the basket with contact and no call. Westbrook, George and Anthony combined for nine free throws, with Westbrook taking two and Anthony taking none.”

Nick Gallo ( with a recap of the Magic game, where the bench came up big: “During pregame warmups, Russell Westbrook called over reserve forward Patrick Patterson and gave him a very straight forward message: “Shoot the ball”. It was as much an instillation of confidence as it was a directive. Turns out it was an effective message not just for the Thunder stretch forward, but the entire reserve unit.”

Megan Gustashaw (GQ) on Russell Westbrook’s spring fashion: “Westbrook wore his Urban Outfitters trucker jacket ahead of Saturday’s Oklahoma City Thunder -Golden State Warriors game in true maximalist fashion: with floral pants by Gucci, neon orange sneakers, and a bright red Tumi x Russell Westbrook bag. Meanwhile, Tinie Tempah played things ever-so-slightly more low-key at London Fashion week earlier this month, wearing his pink shearling Burberry coat with a tan sweater and dark sweats from the luxury brand.”

John Denton ( on the relationship between Paul George and Frank Vogel: “Frank Vogel’s first season as a NBA head coach came during forward Paul George’s rookie season, and throughout their five years together their relationship evolved into something of a father/son type of bond. That mutual admiration and respect for one another carries on still today – even with Vogel now the head coach of the Orlando Magic and George a star for the Oklahoma City Thunder.”

Fred Katz (Norman Transcript) on Steven Adams’ response to Zaza Pachulia and his upcoming autobiography: “No, not at all. Not at all. You’ve got to focus on the game, because that’s why you’re out there,” Adams said. “Anything like that that gets personal like that, it should be done outside…The reason for it is you put the team at risk.”

Linda Miller (NewsOK) on Carmelo Anthony’s burgeoning hat empire: “It’s the company’s first collaboration with a professional athlete. Called Fresh Greens by Melo x Goorin, the limited-edition collection includes five unisex models made of 100 percent wool and made in America.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the fluid shooting guard rotation the Thunder have used: “I knew there was 10 minutes to play with Alex whether we played with him the rest of the quarter or took him out,” Donovan said of why he rode with Ferguson in the third and Abrines in the fourth. “But it was more of I thought Terrance played really well there in that third quarter. I just didn’t want to break that rhythm going into the fourth.”


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