Dirk on KD: “He’s way better than I was at 25,” Nowitzki said. “He’s the complete package. He’s so long. He can shoot from anywhere. He can post now. He can go left, he can go right. What they’ve been telling me is he’s a gym rat. He lives in the gym all summer. He wants to get better every year, even though he’s one of the best offensive weapons we have in our game. But he wants to improve. He wants to work hard. Really, the sky is the limit.”
Darnell Mayberry: “For the first time this season, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s offense is showing signs of life. All the things the team talked about in the preseason, better spacing and better ball movement, hard cuts and hard screens, were on display in Wednesday’s 14-point win over Dallas. Of course, it helped that the Thunder finally made shots. But the little things led to big things, like the Thunder shooting a season-high 54.4 percent against the Mavs, netting five of 13 3-pointers and racking up 28 assists. OKC’s 107 points were the most the team has scored since Game 1 of its first-round playoff series against Houston last season.”
Thabo Sefolosha is ranked the 25th free agent by Amin Elhassan of ESPN.com: “The addition of a 3-point shot to Sefolosha’s arsenal over the past two seasons has augmented his status as a defensive wing. The nearest comparable deal signed last summer was Tony Allen’s four-year, $20 million contract, and while Sefolosha might not be Allen’s equal as a defender, he brings value on the offensive end that Allen doesn’t.”
Steven Adams tells us his full name. It’s ridiculous.
Eric Freeman of BDL: “Westbrook’s general “no effs given” ethos is what makes him one of the league’s most supremely watchable talents, one of its most explosive offensive players, one of its most gifted playmakers … and, yes, one of its more garish dressers. If governing the latter would in any way compromise the former, then count me among those who hopes Russ continues to dress like a “Project Runway” contestant whose only inspiration is “The Fifth Element.”