Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) on the reliability that Raymond Felton provides to the Thunder: “Felton has played all but 4 games over the past three years, for the Mavericks, then the LA Clippers and then the Thunder. This July, the 34-year old Felton re-upped with the Thunder for another run to play behind, and sometimes alongside, Westbrook and newcomer Dennis Schroder in OKC. Few in the league play with as much passion, intensity and fire as the Thunder’s All-Star point guard, but Schroder and Felton provide a similar dynamic as the floor generals for the bench group. Felton and Westbrook built an incredible connection last season that helped shape the locker room.”
Erik Horne (NewsOK) with 7 highlights from Steven Adams’ autobiography: “One of Adams’ older sisters, two-time Olympic shot put gold medalist Valerie Adams, was the only family member with media experience. She suggested the best thing to do was for Steven to say nothing, even thought the stories circulating about his family didn’t accurately depict the caring unit of brothers and sisters who worked together to ensure his future.”
Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on Paul George becoming a hero in Oklahoma City: “We learned a tough lesson two Julys ago. Players don’t stay forever in one place. Heroes can disappoint. Russell Westbrook had stayed, even signed extensions not once but twice since Durant’s departure, so he had whatever absolute devotion remained available in Loud City. That wasn’t going to change, not even with the euphoria over a talent like George riding into town.”
Russell Westbrook training in his old stomping grounds, UCLA.
Bryan Toporek (Clutch Points) on defense being the ultimate game-changer for the Thunder this upcoming season: “Thanks to their moves this offseason, the Thunder should have no such issue in 2018-19. With Roberson, George, and Steven Adams in the starting lineup, and the newly re-signed Jerami Grant likely joining free-agent addition Nerlens Noel off the bench, OKC appears poised to have one of the NBA’s most stifling defenses.”
Antonis Stroggylakis (EuroHoops) on Alex Abrines being disappointed on how FB Barcelona is handling his mentor, Juan Carlos Navarro: “While so far Barcelona hasn’t included 38-year-old Navarro in the plans for 2018-2019, the player himself has said that he’d like to continue with the team for another season. And Abrines, who was Navarro’s teammate for four seasons before joining the Thunder in 2016, believes that “La Bomba’s” wishes should be at least respected.”