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NTTB Podcast – Episode 33 (The Aftermath of the Finals)

IMG_4109On Episode 33 of the NTTB podcast, we’re joined by friend of the pod, Ryan Rivera, to  discuss the following topics:

  • The Aftermath of the Finals
  • LeBron vs. MJ
  • The Impact of JR Smith’s flub
  • Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio
  • Where do the Thunder go if Paul George does not re-sign
  • Can you win with Westbrook as your No. 1
  • Some draft talk
  • Host Q and A’s

Intro/Outro music provided by OSC Productions

Thank you for listening. We will be doing a podcast once a week. If you have any Thunder or NBA related questions, make sure you hit us up on Twitter (@alexroig_NTTB or @Montero_A13).

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NTTB Rumblings – 16 May 2018

img_4063Erik Horne (NewsOK) looks at Andre Roberson’s value to the Thunder: “The injury had elements of a Greek tragedy. The Thunder’s defense carried it through the first two months of the season as the offense finally came around in December. The demolition of the Pistons was the apex — the Thunder overwhelming them on both ends with Roberson at the core, snatching defensive rebounds and starting the fast break, cutting to the basket for give-and-go layups off Steven Adams post passes, shutting off drives to force ball reversals and turnovers.”

Albert Dadson (Hoops Habit) says the Thunder need to try and get into the first round: “An interesting place that Carmelo may not agree to go but would be a place where he could win again is Philadelphia. The Philadelphia 76ers will more than likely have two first round picks after the Los Angeles Lakers’ pick falls out of the first three slots, in addition to their own pick at No. 26. That second first round pick would be the one to target, though again, expecting a first-rounder for Melo at this stage is an uphill battle.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 16 May 2018

NTTB Rumblings – 15 May 2018

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Happy Draft Lottery Day!!!!!

Fred Katz (Norman Transcript) evaluates the season that was for Russell Westbrook: “The superstition started back in another era, when Tumbleson would honor a couple of greats with double-circles: Westbrook and Kevin Durant. During the 2016-17 season, only Westbrook received the double-circle. Paul George and Carmelo Anthony entered double-circle territory at the beginning of this past season, but Tumbleson went back to doing just Westbrook after the team’s 8-12 start. He figured becoming too indiscriminate with the double-circle was bad luck.”

Katz also evaluated the season that was for Alex Abrines: “Oklahoma City switched everything on defense with those lineups, and the Jazz hunted Abrines during said moments. Specifically, they found ways for the 25-year-old to defend Mitchell, who sliced OKC all series. But Abrines actually held his own.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 15 May 2018

NTTB Rumblings – 14 May 2018

img_4063Jeff Olalo (CluthPoints) on Russell Westbrook releasing some shoes that were inspired by his son, Noah: “With the release of his signature performance shoe the WhyNot Zer0.1 “Noah” – the seven-time NBA All Star credits his son by not only naming it after him, but also using an Emerald colorway inspired by his birthstone. Even better, the launch date is just around the same time of Noah’s birthday, which is on May 16th and is inscribed on the inside strap.”

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on what others are saying about Nick Collison’s retirement: “But time is merciless, and eventually it relegated Collison to a lesser role. By the 2014 playoffs, even against Memphis, the team for which he was born to play against, Collison’s value was diminished. He hadn’t even played in Game 7 of the first-round series against the Grizzlies, and through five games of the West semifinals against the Clippers, Collison had played only 37 minutes, some of it garbage time.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 14 May 2018

NTTB Rumblings – 11 May 2018

img_4063Thank you for your service, Nick Collison!

From the man of the hour:

Royce Young (ESPN) helps Nick Collison pen his retirement letter: “I’ve played with some incredible players, future Hall of Famers, and had the unique experience of spending my entire career with one franchise, but in two different cities. I started in cold gyms in small towns in Iowa and ended up playing in more than 1,000 games over 15 years in the best league in the world. I’ve had an incredible run. I’m proud of my career. But it’s time to go. I’m retiring from competitive basketball.”

Gary Bedore (Kansas City Star) on Collison’s former college coach, Roy Williams, reminiscing on his former player: “We had a 45-minute conversation,” Williams said. “He said some great things to me. I tried to tell him how proud I was, but he said some things that made me feel very, very good. I didn’t go out there for him to make me feel good,” Williams added, laughing, “I went there to try to help make him feel good, to let him know I was still supporting him as much as I possibly could.”

Fred Katz (Norman Transcript) say Westbrook can improve his shot via his pre-shot mechanics: “Though Westbrook has always been a below-average 3-point shooter, he’s far more successful as a spot-up threat than as a pull-up one. He’s weaved in and out of solid seasons and unacceptable ones throughout his career, but has hit 34 percent of catch-and-shoot 3-point attempts since Second Spectrum began tracking that type of data in 2013-14. And while Westbrook’s catch-and-shoot accuracy is still below league average, a 3-point shot that has a 34 percent chance at going in is usually an efficient one. It means more than one point per possession, a top-tier figure for a half-court offense.”

Russell Westbrook released a statement on Collison’s retirement in Westbrookian fashion:

Don’t forget about the last regular season home game for the Thunder this past season and what Westbrook did before the game. I’m pretty sure he knew:

And who could ever forget this piece of cinematic history?

Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) reflects on Collison’s career with the Thunder: “Around town, Collison earned the moniker Mr. Thunder, a nickname given to him by Thunder Assistant General Manager Troy Weaver, who encouraged the team to carry themselves more like the well-respected, longtime NBA forward. At the practice facility however, Collison goes by “Dirty”, a nickname coined by assistant coach Mark Bryant.”

The Offseason Beat : 03 – 09 May 2018

IMG_4136Here on NTTB, during the offseason, we’ll be looking to do a weekly article on the happenings around the Thunder organization. Before the explosion of social media, the offseason was usually a waiting game of news and stories. A signing here. A signing there. Unless someone made the police blotter in a major way, the stories weren’t really there. But now, with most players giving fans access to their lives 24/7, newsworthy events and stories are plentiful.

Here are a couple stories from this past week:

May 3rd – Alex Abrines undergoes surgery to repair a sports hernia.

It’s always been known that when it comes to Alex Abrines, problematic knee issues can sometimes creep to the surface. Last summer, while playing for his native Spain, Abrines had to sit out most of the FIBA EuroBasket tournament  with knee issues. Because of the knee issues, Abrines was unable to fully implement an offseason training regiment and as a result, came to camp a little out of shape. Using the first 2 months of the season as a training camp, Abrines eventually found himself a featured part of the rotation and stayed healthy throughout the season, save for a couple minor injuries here and there. Continue reading The Offseason Beat : 03 – 09 May 2018

NTTB Rumblings – 10 May 2018

img_4063Royce Young (ESPN) on Paul George’s knee scope that occurred yesterday: “George dealt with knee soreness for much of last season, sitting out a game on Dec. 29 because of it. According to a press release, “the Thunder, George and his representation collectively determined” the procedure be done by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, with Thunder medical personnel present.”

Jimmy Do (OKCThunder.com) on the Thunder opening up their 19th Thunder Cares court: “Our goal is to do courts across the state of Oklahoma. Ardmore was a place we wanted to get to and it worked out because our partner at Enable Midstream has a presence here,” said Christine Berney, vice president of community relations for the Thunder. “It’s a perfect match.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 10 May 2018

NTTB Rumblings – 09 May 2018

Dr. Rajal Brar (The Injury Insight) gives an in-depth look at Andre Roberson’s injury and recovery: “Think about it like this:  You’re about to do an explosive dumbbell curl with a light weight (lets say 5 pounds) and as you’re about to intensely curl the arm up, an additional 50 pounds is added.  You’re making a forceful contraction against a weight that you weren’t ready for or expecting – that’s a recipe for overloading the muscle and tearing fibers.  That’s what happened to Roberson – in his case a complete rupture.”

Kyle Newport (Bleacher Report) on the idea around the league that the Thunder should trade Russell Westbrook: “There’s an increasing number of people around the league who think the Thunder should look at trading [Russell] Westbrook. To be clear, not a report. Not Thunder sources think they should do this. Just in spitballing ideas with teams around the league, there’s a number of people who have heard, just like, ‘It’s time for something to change here.'” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 09 May 2018

NTTB Rumblings – 08 May 2018

img_4063Tim Bontempts (Washington Post) looks at the biggest questions facing the Thunder this offseason: “It ended with Russell Westbrook taking 43 shots for the second time in as many years in a playoff game – both Thunder losses – and getting into confrontations with fans at halftime and after the game. It ended with Thunder Coach Billy Donovan going down with the Carmelo Anthony ship, playing the fading star with the season on the line when all evidence suggested the team would be better with Anthony on the bench.”

Albert Dadson (Hoops Habit) on the Thunder’s options for Carmelo Anthony moving forward: “Anthony wants to be more involved in the Thunder’s offense if he comes back. The problem with trying to get rid of Carmelo Anthony is the fact that he will have the final say in his status for next year thanks to a player option for the final year of his contract.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 08 May 2018