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Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) looks at what Patrick Patterson can bring to the Thunder this upcoming season: “A step behind to start the year, Patterson’s role ended up being a 15-minute-per-game player, with averages of 3.9 points on an admirable 38.6 percent three-point shooting, along with 2.4 rebounds per game. In 2018-19, the Thunder and Patterson himself believe he can contribute more, not just on the stat sheet but also in terms of the team’s overall gameplay and style.”
Gallo (OKCThunder.com) chronicled the Thunder’s day at Lake Castaic in Paul George’s fishing tournament: “But then came one of the final boats, which included Nader, the newcomer to the Thunder roster who hadn’t fished before despite always enjoying the outdoors. Throughout the 6 hours on the lake, George, Westbrook and Roberson had been visible and camped out along the shore line. Nader was nowhere to be found. Turns out he and his professional partner knew Castaic’s secrets, because they brought back the limit – five bass fish – including the biggest fish of the day at 4 pounds, 12 ounces.”
Another prince or princess is heading to the prairie:
Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot’s journey to Oklahoma City: “It’s a new start,” Luwawu-Cabarrot told The Oklahoman last week from Johannesburg, South Africa. “Everything is new. I haven’t been there for more than a day, so I can’t even fully realize that it’s gonna be a new life, a new city, a new coach, a new staff, new players, new friends, new things to do in the city, new restaurants. Everything is gonna be new. I love learning new things when I move somewhere.”
Dawson (NewsOK) on TLC talking about his experience in Africa: “And when Luwawu-Cabarrot suits up for Saturday’s NBA Africa Game in Pretoria, South Africa, it’ll be with a nod to that half of his heritage. His father is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and on Saturday Luwawu-Cabarrot will suit up for Team Africa against Team World.”
Cody Taylor (Thunder Wire) on whether Corey Brewer has a future on this Thunder team: “While the team may eventually have an open roster spot, it’s unclear if the team will use that spot to bring back Corey Brewer for the start of next season. From a pure basketball standpoint, it would make sense to some degree to bring Brewer back. He proved to be a nice spark off of the bench for the Thunder in the regular season last year.”