NTTB Rumblings – 14 May 2018

img_4063Jeff Olalo (CluthPoints) on Russell Westbrook releasing some shoes that were inspired by his son, Noah: “With the release of his signature performance shoe the WhyNot Zer0.1 “Noah” – the seven-time NBA All Star credits his son by not only naming it after him, but also using an Emerald colorway inspired by his birthstone. Even better, the launch date is just around the same time of Noah’s birthday, which is on May 16th and is inscribed on the inside strap.”

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on what others are saying about Nick Collison’s retirement: “But time is merciless, and eventually it relegated Collison to a lesser role. By the 2014 playoffs, even against Memphis, the team for which he was born to play against, Collison’s value was diminished. He hadn’t even played in Game 7 of the first-round series against the Grizzlies, and through five games of the West semifinals against the Clippers, Collison had played only 37 minutes, some of it garbage time.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) recaps Patrick Patterson’s first season in OKC: “Part of the issue was the insistence on Anthony’s minutes with the starters at power forward. Donovan never played Patterson consistent minutes with Steven Adams, Paul George, Andre Roberson and Russell Westbrook, which was the initial projected starting lineup before Anthony’s arrival. Those starters with Patterson at power forward played just eight minutes together all season, outscoring opponents by 1.7 points per 100 possessions.

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) with the ugly truth: It’s hard to watch these Western Conference Finals as a Thunder fan.

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on the likelihood of Paul George attempting to try an act II with the Thunder: “There were some highs, there were some lows,” George said of learning to play with Westbrook, which he called “one of the biggest adjustments” following the trade that brought him to Oklahoma City from Indiana last summer. “It was a learning experience for me, as much a new experience for me as it was for him trying to figure out how to play with me,” George said. “So I thought we both grew together on trying to get that chemistry.”

Janine Rankin (Stuff NZ) on Steven Adams opening up his first court in his native New Zealand: “He said all young people would be able to use the court, which would include facilities for people with disabilities. “It will be a legacy, and Steven will be here every year to make sure it is being used.”

Genevieve Grippo (KTVL News10) on Kyle Singler’s basketball tournament in Medford, OR: “It’s one of our biggest fundraisers that brings money in for us to continue doing after school programs, continue doing enrichment programs for the school, she said. “And then its also something that’s really fun for the kids who are playing.”

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