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.”
Russell Westbrook putting in some work at the Rico Hines run with several other players, including Chris Paul and Dante Exum.
Nile McNair (WTLC) on why Patrick Patterson deserves to start: “Placing Patterson in the starting role would give the Thunder’s more options offensively. Opposed to Grant, Patterson can provide a more reliable pick and pop option for the Thunder. Patterson’s ability on offense to set a screen for Russell Westbrook or Paul George, then fading for an open three, provides spacing the Thunder needs on offense.”
Filippo Scalco (Thunder Intentions) on whether Dennis Schroder or Carmelo Anthony will have a bigger impact on their new teams: “The Big 3 experiment didn’t work out, so OKC decided to go in a different direction. With Paul George signing the team decided to part ways with Carmelo Anthony. This occurred via a block-buster deal with the Sixers and the Hawks. Sam Presti, who has capitalized on every chance to improve the team roster didn’t hesitate when an opportunity presented itself. in exchange for Anthony OKC got something valuable in return in the form of Dennis Schröder and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot.”
Raymond Felton took part in UNC’s Family Weekend along with other former Tar Heel alums.