Sorry for the absence. Life happens sometimes and you have to take care of responsibilities.
Royce Young (ESPN) recaps the Thunder’s loss to the Kings: “Returning from mid-September knee surgery with no obvious signs of rust, Russell Westbrook’s season debut couldn’t have gone much better. Except for the losing part, which was striking not only in which team it happened against but also in how it happened.”
Noel Harris (Sac Bee) on Iman Shumpert’s journey to become the Thunder’s boogeyman last night: “Being able to play that preseason game, that was a different type of happiness for me after sitting out a year,” Shumpert said. “I joke around about it a lot, but I’m serious as a heart attack when I say it: I don’t wish that on anybody, not being able to play.”
Erik Horne (NewsOK) on Hamidou Diallo, Deonte Burton, and Nerlens Noel all being sparks for the Thunder in their loss to the Kings: “Ferguson has started all three Thunder losses, but Diallo has been the more impactful player at shooting guard. Ferguson’s minutes outweighed Diallo’s 12 to nine in the first half, but Diallo played 13 minutes to Ferguson’s seven in the second half.”
Horne (NewsOk) with another recap of last night’s game: “The Thunder, however, has much bigger issues than Westbrook’s conditioning, understandably not 100 percent after missing all of preseason and the first two games of the regular season. Including back-to-back disorienting performances against the Clippers and Kings in their winless first week of the season, the Thunder is off to an 0-3 start for the first time in franchise history.”
Dane Delgado (NBC Sports) on Russell Westbrook wearing some Craig Sager-inspired Jordan 1’s to the Clippers game: “Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook pay tribute to Sager’s memory with a pair of custom Air Jordan 1s inspired by Sager’s famous sideline attire.”
Peter Verry (FootWear News) on Hamidou Diallo signing with UnderArmour: “Bamba, the No. 6 overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, is a 7-foot tall center (with a 7-foot-10 wingspan) who played college basketball at the University of Texas. And Diallo, who participated in Stephen Curry’s Under Armour SC30 Select Camp in 2015, is a product of the University of Kentucky.”