Matt Moore (aka Hardwood Paroxysm) stopped by the podcast to talk Thunder basketball. Good stuff here from a writer who hung around the team for several days and follows them closely.
Zac Dubasik (Complex) on the Thunder’s obsession with saving their players’ shoes: “What that storage would eventually become, at least on the footwear front, was an archive that went on display at the Chesapeake Energy Arena for the team’s 10th anniversary season. “Every player that’s come through our organization has contributed,” says Mahoney. “Every person that’s come through our organization—player, staff, coach—everybody matters and everybody’s played a role. And as we look at the players, one unique way to mark each of them that comes through is to have pieces of what they’ve contributed, and the shoes are really a vital part of that and a concrete way showing what they were able to express.”
Brett Dawson (The Athletic) on Paul George seemingly owning the Jazz this season: “In these three regular-season wins, George averaged 39.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists. He shot 60.6 percent from the floor, 51.7 percent from 3-point range and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line. “If you play on the top side, he can back door,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said before Friday’s game. “If you try to trap him, he can slip over. If you play too far off, he’s got a pocket pass or a midrange pull-up. If you pick him up high enough, he’s shooting the 3. You pick him up too high, he goes by you.”
Nick DePaula (ESPN) on Russell Westbrook’s new Rugrats-inspired Jordans: “Since debuting his second Jordan signature sneaker in early January, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook has been hijacking the main stage that is the arena entryway to unveil his latest themed editions on a nightly basis. He has coordinated a construction worker outfit with a neon and orange colorway, hauled in Super Soaker-inspired packaging for a linking colorway and even had a special “Bear Jordan” edition drafting off of a teddy bear and a Valentine’s chocolate box.”
Some Thunder players enacting their favorite movie lines in preparation for the Oscars.
Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) on the Thunder falling short to the Kings Saturday night: “(Westbrook) is our leader. A vocal person. He leads by example, all of that. We definitely look to him for a boost and he sparked that,” said guard Terrance Ferguson. “We got on a run, our energy level changed and that’s when we started playing our type of basketball.”
Maddie Lee (NewsOK) on the Thunder celebrating Black History Month by learning about the Black Fives: “Presti’s mission to learn more about early black basketball history was sparked by a September trip to Springfield, Massachusetts, for Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks’ Hall of Fame induction. It started with him realizing the full extent of pioneering coach John McLendon’s accomplishments and being embarrassed by how many of then he didn’t know.”