Maddie Lee (NewsOK) on why the Thunder wanted Russell Westbrook to join them on this road trip: “He’s a leader,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “It gives him an opportunity here to get treatment while he’s on the road. I think he can help those guys from the bench and locker room, talking to them, spending time with them. I’ve always said this about him: People see him play, but they don’t see a lot of the things he does behind closed doors.”
Erik Horne (NewsOK) with some notes from last night’s victory against the Cavaliers: “Diallo is so confident and aggressive it gets him in trouble occasionally. The Thunder did a great job on using its hands in the first half to create deflections, and Diallo was the beneficiary with eight points. Like George did in the first quarter, though, Diallo was out of control a couple of times on some drives and runners and it led to foul trouble – three in five minutes, one on offense on the fast break. Diallo and Donovan had a discussion about it which was shown on the Fox Sports broadcast, and Diallo defended well without fouling the rest of the game. He’s learning.”
Tim McMahon and Royce Young (ESPN) on whether the Rockets can make this Carmelo Anthony experiment work: “There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to Melo’s adjustment with the Thunder, but the simple answer is this: He didn’t shoot the ball well. The “why” is the question, whether that was comfort, teammates, role, system or something else.”
In anticipation of the Thunder’s new Native American-inspired City jerseys, Russell Westbrook released his new version of his Why Not Zer0.1’s and they are FIRE!
Dennis Schroder believes his national team can do damage in China in the qualifiers: “The guys are going to play against Greece at the end of the month, and it is going to be a great test for the team. Winning there won’t be easy, as they have a very good team and a great crowd, but I am sure the guys are going to play at their best level to get that win,” said Schroder who starred in helping Germany grab four victories this summer by averaging 23.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals and locking up the country’s first World Cup spot since 2010.”