Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the Thunder waiving and stretching Kyle Singler: “By waiving Singler on Thursday, the Thunder beat the Friday deadline to use the stretch provision and have it apply to this season. The stretch provision allows the Thunder to stretch out Singler’s guaranteed money remaining over the next five seasons. The Thunder will have close to $1 million in dead money on its cap until the 2023-24 season, which should do minimal damage to its salary based on NBA salary cap projections.”
Ben Stinar (Amico Hoops) interviews Anthony Morrow who had some interesting things to say about Russell Westbrook: “Morrow also sees Westbrook as much more than just a point guard. “I used to tell (Westbrook) and people in the organization, that he really doesn’t have a position,” said Morrow, who finished 2017 with the Chicago Bulls but is now a free agent. “He’s really just a basketball player.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 31 August 2018
Let me welcome Dylan “ThunderChats” Huntzinger to Now That’s Thunder Basketball. If you’ve followed Thunder Twitter at all over the last two months, you know Dylan has been gaining a following with his podcast and Thunder-related content. In addition, he will be providing NTTB with written content from time to time. You can start by reading his first article about quieting all the Russell Westbrook slander.
Without further ado, here is the inaugural episode of ThunderChats on NTTB. On it, Dylan talks with Stephen Dolan of Thunderous Intentions about the following topics:
- Chris “Lethalshooter” Matthews article and the potential team impact
- Kyle out, Dennis in
- Start Patterson or Grant
- Pick your poison with OKC’s roster
- Critiquing Dylan’s article
- And more
On Thursday morning, two-time NBA champion David West announced his retirement from the NBA. West retires from the game as a two-time All Star, with per game averages of 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds. His ability to step out and hit the mid-range jumper, while also being a banger in the post became the archetype for big men in this pace and space era of today’s NBA.
West will likely be remembered for his time with the Indiana Pacers or the Golden State Warriors. But it’s where he started his career that has the most impact for Oklahomans. While Chris Paul was Oklahoma City’s first superstar, West was OKC’s first cult hero. Take the first eight seasons of Russell Westbrook (the ultimate sidekick) and merge those with the no-nonsense play of Nick Collison, and you had David West to a tee. Continue reading Thank you, David West
Jeff Siegel (UPROXX) on the crucial role Steven Adams plays on the Thunder: “While Westbrook certainly has moments in which he eschews his defensive responsibilities in favor of getting to the glass, there’s no ignoring the fact that letting their point guard grab and go immediately is a positive for the Thunder as a whole.”
Nick DePaula (ESPN) on the crazy colorways that are coming your way this season: “For the first time in league history, the NBA will allow players to wear sneakers of any color at any point during the upcoming season, league sources confirmed. The rule change is part of the NBA’s ongoing effort to allow its players to be expressive on the court.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 30 August 2018
Cody Taylor (OKC Thunder Wire) on the Thunder having three of the highest salaries in the league: “The Thunder are among seven teams with three players that are inside the top 50 in salary for the 2018-19 season, including the Celtics, Rockets, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Raptors and Wizards.”
Anath Pandian (24/7 Sports) interviews Enes Kanter: “Yeah, because I remember from Day 1, not just the whole [Thunder] organization, but the people here, the fans, it was like home for me. Because I did not have a home.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 29 August 2018
“Miss me with that bulls***”
Such a short statement in a long complex song. This quote, of course, is from the song “King’s Dead” by possibly the best rapper in the game currently, Kendrick Lamar.
There is something about the way that he begins the phrase.
It’s like he’s saying, “Take all the shots you want, but don’t come at me weak because you have no clue what you’re actually talking about.”
At least, that’s how I take it.
Now I’m not one to curse. Personally, I don’t see the point. But that’s neither here, nor there. So while I agree with what Mr. Lamar is saying, you won’t ever hear me say that statement. Instead, I have actually taken the concept and simplified it so that you know exactly what I’m talking about. Continue reading Miss Me With That Westbrook Slander
On Episode 42 of the NTTB podcast, we discuss the following topics:
- Andre Roberson’s recovery timeline
- Looking at the Thunder wing options
- Possible NBA rule changes
- Paul George’s interview with DRAMA
- Abdel Nader’s contract deadline pushed back
- Top 3 Thunder memories
- Southeast Division preview
- NBA News
Intro/Outro music provided by OSC Productions
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They say the Mecca of basketball is located in Madison Square Garden. But I’d like to think, for this summer, at least, the Mecca of basketball is located in Rico Hine’s gym in Los Angeles. Enjoy! Is it October 16th yet?