Thunder At A Glance – 13 September 2018

img_4063Royce Young (ESPN) on the news of Russell Westbrook having arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee: “Westbrook experienced some stiffness in the knee over the past week during individual workouts while preparing for training camp. He elected to have a standard scope as a pre-emptive “maintenance” procedure rather than potentially dealing with issues throughout the season.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) talks to NBATV about the Westbrook surgery. looks at the summer that Alex Abrines had: “Abrines took the leap with his longtime girlfriend Carla this summer, and the Thunder will be looking for him to do the same on the court heading into training camp and the 2018-19 campaign. In a league that relies massively on shooting and playmaking from the perimeter, Abrines holds the qualities that could make him a crucial member of the rotation. The key, however, is for those offensive gifts to be combined with a defensive integrity and versatility that fits into the Thunder’s gameplan.”

Kristian Winfield (SB Nation) with a look at Russell Westbrook’s injury history: “Ahead of the 2017-18 season, Russell Westbrook received a PRP injection in one of his knees, though there are competing reports as to which knee the procedure occurred. The NBA’s global website says left knee, but ESPN’s Royce Young says right knee.”

Paul Thomas (Noted NZ) looks at Steven Adams’ autobiography: “Chapman was fortunate in both regards. Early on, Adams admits he was drawn to a career in professional basketball by the rewards on offer, but that has to be seen in the context of his family’s circumstances: “If there was one thing that was going to motivate me to pursue a career in something it would be the money, because not having enough was the cause of all the arguments I’d heard between my dad and siblings.”

NewsOK chronicles Hamidou Diallo showing off his green thumb to some students at Cesar Chavez Elementary School.

Clay Horning (Norman Transcript) says the Thunder’s offseason moves will help them off set any time missed by Westbrook: “Should the seven-time all-star not be available for the Oct. 16 season opener at Golden State, because of a deal made over the summer with the Atlanta Hawks — the same deal that saved the Thunder a fortune in salary and luxury tax and shed Carmelo Anthony — Oklahoma City will still have a proven and starting-caliber point guard, Dennis Schroder, to lean on in the interim.”

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