Monthly Archives: September 2018

Topic: Thunder Podcast – The Weekly, Episode 1

Topic ThunderWelcome to the Topic: Thunder Podcast. On behalf of myself, Anthony Montero, Dylan Huntzinger, Stephen Dolan, and Matthew Mullins, we welcome you to our humble podcast abode.

On the inaugural episode, we introduce you to The Weekly, our weekly podcast where we discuss the week that was for the Thunder and what will be coming up in the next week. On this episode, we discuss:

  • Looking back at media day
  • Breaking down the stories from the first week of training camp
  • Blue and White scrimmage talk
  • Previewing the upcoming preseason games
  • Preseason Hot Takes: Cover Me
  • Twitter questions

Thank you for listening. We will be doing a podcast once a week. If you have any Thunder or NBA related questions, make sure you hit us up on Twitter (@OKCTopicThunder)

We are on ITunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and Tune In under the NTTB Podcast. Make sure you leave us a 5-star review if you can. As always, Thunder Up!

https://www.buzzsprout.com/111153/817608-topic-thunder-podcast-the-weekly-episode-1.mp3?download=true

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Thunder At A Glance – 28 September 2018

img_4063Brett Dawson (The Athletic) on Patrick Patterson coming into camp in much better shape than last season: “The Thunder forward had spent much of a healthy summer out of town, but back in Oklahoma City, remnants of a previous life lingered, their expiration dates not yet passed. Tony the Tiger stared him down from a box of Frosted Flakes, tucked in a cupboard with Toast Crunch, both Cinnamon and French.”

Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) on the Thunder’s desire to play faster: “Donovan knew that in order to get this style of play ingrained into the players from the get-go, it would have to be installed into five-on-five work from the very outset of camp. So while there has certainly been drill work the past few days, the team has been encouraged by the opportunities to get out there in live settings and compete with their speed-based approach. Even without Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson in action, there are still 18 players in camp that Donovan has been rotating through, making sure that newcomers and Thunder veterans alike are getting acclimated to one another.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 28 September 2018

Thunder At A Glance – 27 September 2018

img_4063Brady Trantham (The Franchise OK) on news and notes from the second day of training camp: “When you do offensive rebound, and we’ve been a good offensive rebounding team, if Steven or whoever it is doesn’t score immediately on a putback and the ball comes back out, it’s going to be very difficult to reset the offense. We’ve got to be able to continue attacking right away, and randomly probably.”

Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) says length will define the Thunder’s defense: “For now, the Thunder isn’t getting to do a ton of five-on-five work, although they did get some live work in at the end of both practices. With both Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson sidelined, the Thunder coaching staff is keeping the two backcourt stalwarts heavily involved in the mental portions of practice that will be going on all week long.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 27 September 2018

ThunderChats Podcast – Media Day Recap

thunder chatsOn the latest ThunderChats podcast, Dylan is joined by Stephen Dolan of Thunderous Intentions to discuss the story lines that developed during the Thunder’s media day.

Thank you for listening. If you have any Thunder or NBA related questions, make sure you hit Dylan up on Twitter (@ThunderChats).

Catch the ThunderChats podcast on Anchor and ITunes. Make sure you leave them a 5-star review if you can. And as always, Thunder Up!

https://anchor.fm/thunderchats/episodes/Media-Day-Recap-with-Stephen-Dolan-of-Thunderous-Intentions-e29kkb/a-a5g6ph

Thunder At A Glance – 26 September 2018

img_4063Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the prowess of Dennis Schröder in the pick and roll and an update on Andre Roberson: “When Thunder post-practice opened to the media, Roberson was in a rotation of wing players taking catch-and-shoot 3-pointers off passes from team assistants. It wasn’t a lot of movement, but when the drill was finished, Roberson chased after a ball without running and even gave it a few kicks before corralling it.”

Grant Afseth (OKC Thunder Wire) on how the bench role could help Schröder: “The top area where Schröder will make an impact for Oklahoma City will be with his playmaking and ability to run an offense. The Thunder are used to having a high-usage guard like Westbrook in their starting unit as their focal point, and they haven’t had someone on their bench to lean on in a similar fashion. That’s where Schröder comes into play.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 26 September 2018

Thunder At A Glance – 25 September 2018

img_4063All the player interviews from media day spliced together in podcast format. Enjoy!

Royce Young (ESPN) on the lack of uncertainty surrounding Paul George and the Thunder this season: “Absolutely,” Paul George told ESPN when asked if the Thunder are built to contend. “We’ve got the chemistry. Me being around these guys going on about to be two years now, there’s an expectation and a level we know we need to play at. I think the consistency part you’ll see with us now being able to play well against the sub-.500 teams. But I definitely think this team has a chance. The reason why I signed back here is because I believed in it. And everybody in here believes. It’s on us, we’ve got our work cut out and it’s not going to be easy, but we’re up for it.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 25 September 2018

NTTB Podcast – Thunder’s 2018 Media Day

IMG_4109Just a collection of the Thunder’s media day interviews for your listening pleasure. Enjoy.

  • Billy Donovan – Start to 10:48
  • Russell Westbrook – 10:49 – 18:30
  • Paul George – 18:31 – 27:20
  • Raymond Felton – 27:21 – 31:55
  • Abdel Nader – 31:57 – 37:03
  • Nerlens Noel – 37:04 – 41:56
  • Steven Adams – 41:57 – 54:25
  • Patrick Patterson – 54:26 – 1:01:12
  • Alex Abrines – 1:01:15 – 1:07:35
  • Jerami Grant – 1:07:37 – 1:12:30
  • Andre Roberson – 1:12:32 – 1:22:55
  • Dennis Schroder – 1:22:57 – 1:28:25
  • Terrance Ferguson – 1:28:27 – 1:31:00
  • Deonte Burton – 1:31:00 – 1:32:46
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – 1:32:47 – 1:36:20
  • Tyler Davis – 1:36:21 – 1:39:01
  • Hamidou Diallo – 1:39:03 – End

Thank you for listening. We will be doing a podcast once a week. If you have any Thunder or NBA related questions, make sure you hit us up on Twitter (@alexroig_NTTB or @Montero_A13).

We are on ITunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and Tune In under the NTTB Podcast. Make sure you leave us a 5-star review if you can. As always, Thunder Up!

https://www.buzzsprout.com/111153/812567-2018-thunder-media-day.mp3?download=true

Thunder At A Glance: 24 September 2018

img_4063It’s the Thunder’s media day. Make sure you check back with NTTB and on my Twitter (@AlexRoig_NTTB) throughout the day for updates on media day.

The Thunder added a couple players to their training camp roster. Remember, they do have a roster spot open.

Shaun Powell (NBA.com) looks at a season preview of the Oklahoma City Thunder: “The biggest upset of the offseason happened on the first day of ’17-18, when OKC sold itself as a better option for George than the Los Angeles Lakers. Pundits had George, an unrestricted free agent over the summer, headed to Los Angeles even before he played a game for OKC. What could be better than spending your career back home in the sunshine, playing next to LeBron James and — snickered the critics — escaping the suffocating shadow of Westbrook?” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance: 24 September 2018

Weekend Programming

Russell and Nina Westbrook recently released a video announcing the surprise(s) that were coming from Nina’s oven. But I want to take it back to the beginning. Before the fame and the money. Who was Russell Westbrook before all that? (Honestly, he’s the same person.)

Every superhero has an origin story and this is Russell’s.