NTTB Thunder Rumblings – 03 August 2018

img_4063Jerry Tipton (Kentucky Sports) on Hamidou Diallo getting used to NBA life in Oklahoma City: “I’m from New York,” he said. “So definitely any city I probably go to — unless it’s L.A. or Chicago or a couple other of those major cities — it’s going to be a little culture shock. For the most part, Kentucky prepared me for it. So I’m cool. It’s a cool city. Cool people.”

Noah Schulte (Thunderous Intentions) looks at 4 Thunder players that need to step up this season: “For the past two years they’ve been one of the shallowest teams in the league, rarely having any impact players to fill in when one of the starters goes out. Furthermore, OKC’s complete lack of three-point shooting has made their offense far too predictable to advance in the bloodbath that has become the Western Conference. Seemingly the Thunder have the right players to address those problems, but for one reason or another, those guys just haven’t come through to their potential yet.”

Brandon Osborne (Sir Charles in Charge) looks at the Thunder’s offseason: “As it stands now, the Oklahoma City Thunder should be looked at as a serious threat in the Western Conference as they improved their roster and will have a healthy Roberson to start the season.”

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on the Thunder adding Bob Beyer to their coaching staff: “He has more than 30 years of experience in the NBA and collegiate levels, including a stint as head coach at Siena from 1994-97. After working as an assistant to Bob Knight at Texas Tech from 2001-03, Beyer shifted to the NBA.”

Brad Rock (Desert News) on comparing Donovan Mitchell to Paul George in terms of staying in a small market: “This is good for the NBA. It gives hope to less glamorous markets. Beyond that, it makes the league more interesting. The best talent still gravitates to the glamour spots, but there is wonderful talent elsewhere. In that sense, the league is right where it wants to be. It has history-making talent in two or three places, but it also has star power scattered throughout the league — which means it can sell tickets in markets that have no real chance to challenge for a title.”

Tim Stephens (The Herald Dispatch) on Patrick Patterson’s basketball camp in Huntington WV: “Huffman worked up the nerve to talk to the 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward/center with the Oklahoma City Thunder. She found the former University of Kentucky star and 2007 Huntington High graduate to be funny and charming. They took a serious picture together, followed by a goofy photo she proudly showed to people after the first day of the three-day camp.”

A couple pictures from Patrick Patterson’s basketball camp.

Antonis Stroggylakis (EuroHoops) interviews Alex Abrines on the disappointment from last season: “We didn’t reach our potential as a team. The same didn’t happen at an individual level. Yes, the players did reach the expected standards, especially our three stars. But as a team, we lacked cohesion. In some periods during the season, we managed to reach that level of basketball, but we could never show the true potential we had as a team.”

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