NTTB Thunder Rumblings – 20 August 2018

img_4063Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) on the resilliency of Andre Roberson during his rehab process: “At the beginning of August, he joined some teammates in Los Angeles for informal workouts, participating in what he could. A couple weeks later, he ran. He didn’t get very far, but that’s because his sprinting came on a high-speed treadmill. It was a proud moment that Roberson showed to the world on Instagram, and a sign that even if Roberson isn’t completely back to 100 percent, both his health and his confidence are heading that direction.”

A great piece by Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on how the last 10 years of Thunder basketball have helped shape Oklahoma City: “According to data provided to the Thunder by the city, each home game translates to $1.5 million in economic impact for OKC. That’s almost $700 million since the team arrived in 2008. Since the Thunder arrived, downtown’s residential growth has outpaced the city’s as a whole. There are more than 5,000 residential units downtown, a dramatic increase since 2008.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on Nick Collison receiving a lifetime achievement award: “Collison, who retired from the Thunder in May after a 15-year NBA career, will receive the award for his legacy with the Thunder, as will former Jenks football coach Allan Trimble for his legendary career at the Class 6A power. Collison is one of numerous award recipients on the night, along with former OU and current Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (Sports Headliner of the Year) and OU athletic director Joe Castiglione (Headliner Special Award).”

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver (Sports Illustrated) debate whether Carmelo Anthony will be better without Russell Westbrook: “Well, to answer Joseph’s idea, I think for Carmelo to become the next Victor Oladipo it’s going to take two factors: One, a time machine, and two, a tummy tuck. It starts there, then he can get back on that career revitalization track. I understand people saying there’s a Westbrook effect, but I don’t think the criticism of Carmelo Anthony as a guy who doesn’t play defense, doesn’t really adapt and is an inefficient scorer at best started last season in Oklahoma City. Those storylines were already there for years during his New York tenure, and he even had his share of critics back in the Denver days, too, even when he was a much better player and a much more impactful player than he is right now.”

Leonard Kreicas (HotHotHoops) on the Polynesian connection between Steven Adams and James Johnson of the Miami Heat: “During a Miami Heat versus Oklahoma City Thunder game, Steven Adams noticed a Samoan tattoo on James Johnson’s calf. When Adams questioned him “oh uce?” and Johnson answered “sup uce,” Adams said, “I was like ‘what the? You’re the man.’”

Jeff Shull (Gig Em Gazette) says Tyler Davis can learn a lot from the Thunder’s veteran big men: “Each of them has something unique to offer Davis. Adams is a bruiser who made his money ($100 million over four years) grinding for tough rebounds and being a great screener and roller for Russell Westbrook. Adams runs the floor well and gives the Thunder a physical identity. Davis has some of this in him, he just needs to continue to work on his body and athleticism.”

Ernesto Soliven (Clutch Points) on Dennis Schröder winning a 3-on-3 tournament in Germany: “Not surprisingly, Schroder admits he likes playing the 3-on-3 format as he also won the tournament in 2016. Waxing nostalgic, Dennis added that he grew up playing the 3-on-3. Also, it’s a chance for him to try out some new moves. As reported by Welt and translated by Hoopshype, Dennis says he is all in for playing for the national flag.”

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