Erik Horne (NewsOK) looks at Kenny McFadden, the man that make Steven Adams (and New Zealand basketball) what he is today: “The NBA has shifted to a small man’s league, but Adams has thrived because of McFadden, the man who went to New Zealand 35 years ago, dedicated his life to training youth basketball players, and eventually set the foundation for Adams to become one of the league’s most versatile centers.”
Tim Reynolds (Associated Press) looks at the July that was for some superstar players: “They were in a wild series of 1-on-1 games against the likes of Golden State’s Kevin Durant, among others. Booker signed a $158 million extension earlier this month, George signed a deal to remain with the Thunder for $136 million. And there they were, trying to beat Durant, just like their teams will be trying to beat Durant’s two-time defending champion team in a few months.”
Horne (NewsOK) on Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot participating in the NBA Africa game: “For the third time, the game will feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format. Team Africa will be composed of players born in Africa or with direct family ties to the continent. Luwawu-Cabarrot is from France, but has a parent from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Luwawu-Cabarrot was acquired by the Thunder this week in a three-team trade between Atlanta and Philadelphia.”
Lawrence George (Thunderous Intentions) grades the moves the Thunder have made this offseason: “While its sad to see players leave the organization, the OKC Thunder welcome three old faces and five new faces to the 2018-19 squad. The Oklahoma City front office made a series of moves that has unquestionably raised the Thunder’s ceiling. Sam Presti deserves a tonne of credit for his ability to pivot on the move, actively partaking in trades and free agency that improves the roster now without compromising OKC’s future.”
Chris Mannix believes Kevin Durant may return to Oklahoma City soon.