NTTB Thunder Rumblings – 01 August 2018

Bryan Kalbrosky (HoopsHype) on the possibility of Kevin Durant returning to the Thunder: “Westbrook and Durant played together on the All-Star team last season and they’re currently practicing alongside each other for Team USA. While it’s likely not something they’re constantly discussing, it’s hard to imagine the topic has not even come up in conversation while in such close proximity.”

The Thunder announce their 2018 preseason schedule.

Ti Windisch (FanSided) is not a big fan of Dennis Schröder playing alongside Russell Westbrook: “Billy Donovan will not have it easy with that decision. He might even catch the blame for those two not working together, which is tough. Schroder just isn’t useful without the ball in his hands, and he’s not nearly good enough to justify Russell Westbrook not having it when they’re on the floor together.”

Monte Poole (Yahoo Sports) emphasizing why I never liked Rick Barry or his wack free shooting form: “Kevin Durant is going to become a better basketball player by becoming a Golden State Warrior,” Barry recalled telling people two summers ago. “He’s going to be involved in a system where he’s actually going to have the ball, he’s going to play with a bunch of unselfish players, he’ll get more easy shots than ever before and he’s going to have more fun playing basketball.”

Tim Bontemps (Washington Post) on the injury struggles Paul George dealt with last season: “It turned out there was a reason for that: George was dealing with bursitis in his right (shooting) arm. He complained off and on during the season that he was dealing with “tightness” in his forearm, but once the season ended he got his bursa sac aspirated — and discovered just how problematic the bursitis had become.”

Robby Kalland (Uproxx) on what Dennis Schröder can bring to the Thunder: “Offensively, Schröder’s impact is not likely to be as important to the Thunder as what he can do defensively. Coming out of the draft in 2013, Schröder was known as “Baby Rondo,” a defensive pest with a similarly freakish wingspan, capable of frustrating opposing point guards on that end of the floor. However, as the Hawks removed themselves from contention, Dennis removed himself from caring about defense.”

Ross Dwyer (Sneaker News) on Westbrook’s sick, new kicks.

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