Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) on Nerlens Noel’s upcoming season of redemption: “This is something I’ve been really wanting my whole life, just to be on a talented team that can really complement my skill set and really show what I’m really about and go out on the court and play my game with no hesitation. Coach Billy has given me the utmost confidence since I’ve been talking to him day by day. Just go out there and play your game. There’s nothing in it besides basketball and just being yourself. I felt really accepted.”
Gallo (OKCThunder.com) on Hamidou Diallo’s potential in Las Vegas: “Offensively, Diallo broke through with an impressive performance that included 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 8 rebounds. He made a pair of made three-pointers with solid shooting form, hit a long two-point jumper and likely the play of the game, a vicious baseline drive that culminated in a two-handed flush. Diallo isn’t heralded as a scorer coming out of college, but as a 19-year old he obviously still has plenty of room to grow.”
Juan Blanco (NBA.com) with a recap of the Thunder’s summer league game against the Raptors.
Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on Andre Roberson’s rehab progress: “It’s an optimistic outlook, but the one the Thunder is hoping for after Roberson ruptured the patellar tendon in his left knee in January. And Roberson remains on track, he said, to be ready for the start of the season.”
Dawson (NewsOK) on the Thunder likely playing faster this upcoming season: “This year, the first thing on the whiteboard was pace. And though it was a talking point for the summer Thunder, the expectation is for that conversation to linger into winter.”
I wonder what Sam Presti has been doing all day?
Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on the likelihood of Carmelo Anthony being traded: “People keep asking me about a potential Carmelo Anthony trade, and I keep wondering how in the world it could happen. To paraphrase the gospels, again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to be traded when he has a no-trade clause.”
Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN) on the Rockets being determined to get Carmelo Anthony after losing Trevor Ariza AND Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency: “The Rockets have lost Mbah a Moute, 31, and Trevor Ariza, and plan to ramp up a pursuit of Carmelo Anthony once he becomes available after a trade and buyout, or waive and stretch, with Oklahoma City, league sources told ESPN.”