NTTB Thunder Rumblings – 09 July 2018

img_4063Jack Maloney (CBS Sports) on the Thunder’s title odds increasing if/when Carmelo Anthony departs: “This, as Oh shows, is the epitome of addition by subtraction. In the end, it was probably a good gamble to take for the Thunder to acquire Anthony. You need as much talent as possible to challenge for a title, and Anthony was one of the only high-talent players available for the Thunder. It obviously didn’t work, as Anthony was further past his prime than people realized.”

Some pictures and videos from the Enes Kanter camp in Oklahoma City, which was held free of charge with no kid being denied entry.

Haley O’Shaughnessy (The Ringer) on where Carmelo Anthony may end up: “These aren’t your mom’s Clippers anymore—they’ve traded Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan is now in Dallas for real, Austin Rivers and all nepotism is gone, and Jerry West is in the corner burning sage; finally, L.A. has a fresh start. There is a catch in losing three stars, even if those stars were, in the end, dragging the franchise down: The front office has to prove it can cater to a star once again.”

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on the Thunder’s newest 2-way player, Deonte Burton: “The 24-year-old Burton played last season with Wonju Dongbu Promy of South Korea’s KBL. In 63 games, he averaged 23.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.6 steals and a blocked shot in 31.1 minutes. Burton shot 47.1 percent from the floor and 33.6 percent from 3-point range.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on Enes Kanter’s return to OKC to host a camp: “It could be awkward for Kanter coming back. But he remains as close as any former Thunder to the state, the place he found his basketball center after a tumultuous start to his NBA career in Utah.”

Dawson (NewsOK) on Thunder assistant Vin Bhavani relishing his coaching opportunity: “That was something new for Bhavnani, a Los Angeles native who before working in the NBA spent a season as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at Santa Monica Junior College.”

Jenni Carlson (NewsOK) with a run down of the Westbrook/Paul George party: “The guest list numbered about 500, but it wasn’t all high-dollar season-ticket holders. The Nicholson seats were represented, including Graham Bennett, whose dad, Clay, is the face of the Thunder’s ownership group, and Caroline Cameron, whose dad, Bill, is also part of the ownership group and who regularly sits courtside with her husband, former OU football player Gabe Ikard. But there were also plenty of folks who are Loud City regulars. Teachers. Real estate agents. Police officers.”

Nick Schwartz (For The Win) on a funny story told by Tobias Harris about Westbrook: “Harris said that he explained the game to Westbrook, but he couldn’t convince Westbrook to put any money on the table. Westbrook instantly regretted not taking the advice.”

Jerry Bembry (The Undefeated) on an OKC barber breaking the two biggest free agency stories this summer: “When the man behind the tweet, Corey “Scissorhands” Sutter, opened his shop the next day, he noticed an uptick in likes and shares of that post.”

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