Erik Horne (NewsOK) with a preview of what could be the Thunder’s new City edition jerseys: “On Monday, Red Earth – a non-profit which promotes the traditions of American Indian arts and cultures – posted photos of the new uniforms on its Twitter page. Those photos are accurate, The Oklahoman learned.”
Horne (NewsOK) on Team USA selecting Bryce Alford of the Oklahoma City Blue to play on the USA World Cup Qualifying Team: “The FIBA World Cup Qualifying games are used to qualify nations that will compete in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, as well as seven nations to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Coached by former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy, the team will begin the second round of qualifying on Sept. 14 against Uruguay in Las Vegas, then play Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City.”
Grant Hughes (Bleacher Report) ranks the league’s GMs: “The Anthony deal not only netted Schroder and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, but it also trimmed $61 million off Oklahoma City’s tax bill. The Thunder could have saved more by stretching Melo’s salary, but moving on from him via trade underscored the organization’s commitment to winning—even at great financial cost.”
To all you teachers out there (via OKCThunder.com): “All Oklahoma teachers for kindergarten through third-grade students are invited to join the program, which seeks to inspire young students to develop good reading habits and a love of reading. Students track their time spent reading throughout the school year, and the Thunder awards the top monthly reader in each classroom with a Thunder-themed prize and certificate. At the end of the school year, the Thunder recognizes four students statewide as the top readers for each grade level with a Thunder-autographed item and plaque. The top overall winner also receives a Rumble assembly for the school.”
Cody Taylor (OKC Thunder Wire) on the Thunder signing former Blue player Richard Solomon to a training camp deal: “By signing an Exhibit 10 contract with the Thunder, Solomon can receive a bonus of up to $50,000 to be with the Thunder during training camp and then he will be waived and sent to the G League for the season.”
Via NewsOK, the Bennett Event Center (named for Thunder majority owner Clay Bennett) will be open for the second straight year at the State Fair.