In what turned out to be a surprisingly fun and laugh-filled evening, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Victor Oladipo and Russell Westbrook won a combined four categories at the inaugural NBA Awards Show. Before the telecast Keep reading »
Andre Roberson has been named to the 2016-2017 NBA All-Defensive Second Team. This is a much-deserved reward for Roberson. Dre’s defense often found him opposite the opposing team’s best player. Outside of Russell Westbrook Keep reading »
Thunder fans were no doubt waiting on pins and needles to learn what GM Sam Presti was going to do during Thursday’s draft. In fact, Oklahoma City was in the top five TV markets Keep reading »
Russell Westbrook was named the 2016-17 NBA MVP last night, so naturally social media had a lot to say about it. Here are the best reactions from around the league, the media, a bizarre congratulations from Taylor Swift, some fantastic commercials, and more.
— Jordan (@Jumpman23) June 27, 2017
Kongratz to my bro Russ!!!!!! Much more than well deserved & he's obviously grateful. A breath of fresh air for me to see such a thing
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) June 27, 2017
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) June 27, 2017
Russell Westbrook is your 2016-17 NBA MVP: “The final chapter of Russell Westbrook’s historic season was written Monday at the NBA’s inaugural awards show, as the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard was named the 2016-17 Most Valuable Player. Westbrook, 28, topped a group featuring former teammate James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James. But it was not close, with Westbrook receiving 69 of 101 first-place votes, Harden 22, Leonard nine and James one.”
Royce Young on the moments that made Westbrook a deserving MVP: “What will likely endure from Russell Westbrook’s 2016-17 season is the history — the relentless assault on two NBA marks that seemed unreachable and unthinkable: putting up 42 triple-doubles in a season while averaging one throughout. But what Westbrook’s season, and MVP campaign, was about was the moments. Unlike his closest competition, Westbrook didn’t have an MVP moment or two. He filled an entire portfolio.”
USA Today counts their top 5 Westbrook moments from his MVP campaign: “Seventy-five days after the final game of the 2016-17 NBA regular season, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been crowned the league’s Most Valuable Player, winning the award over Houston Rockets guard James Harden and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard. To commemorate Westbrook’s historic, triple-double-filled campaign, we take a look back at some of the most memorable moments of his season.”
Here is Russell Westbrook’s full acceptance speech, via @NBAonTNT:
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 27, 2017
While you’re at it, check out these awesome appreciation videos. First, from Samsung. Keep Reading…
In what turned out to be a surprisingly fun and laugh-filled evening, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Victor Oladipo and Russell Westbrook won a combined four categories at the inaugural NBA Awards Show.
Before the telecast even came on TNT, Westbrook learned he had won the “Best Style Award.” Fittingly, he was walking the red carpet when he was handed the trophy, wearing a relatively calm outfit by his standards. Still, a pair of stylishly small glasses gave a little bit of that signature Brodie flair. Here was what he said when he learned he’d won:
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 27, 2017
“I think the fans do an amazing job of obviously watching the game and watching myself stroll into the arena.” Yeah, he said that. Can’t make this stuff up. Congrats fans!
Within the first hour of the program, it became obvious that the Oklahoma City faithful really showed out for fan awards when Oladipo won “Dunk of the Year” over Larry Nance Jr. and Zach LaVine. Here was the dunk that won him the award: Keep Reading…
How could you possibly quantify Russell Westbrook’s value?
The NBA tried on Monday night, by handing him a trophy. The trophy said Westbrook was the Most Valuable Player in the entire league. It was a worthy accolade for a historic season, though for most Thunder fans it didn’t even seem like enough.
The top Oklahoma City brass will try again on July 1st, when they hand the Brodie a contract extension offer in excess of $200 million. That will buy you a lot of ripped silk shirts and holy jeans, but again, it feels inadequate.
Because even before the unbelievable season, you simply can’t put a price tag on the feeling that Westbrook brought to the state of Oklahoma on the afternoon of August 4th, 2016. I’ve always said that Oklahoma has a Napoleon complex. We’re a state that’s always just fighting and jostling for a spot at the big boy table of relevance, which is one of many reasons why the Durant departure left such a gaping wound. Like any shunned lover, we unfairly asked “were we the problem?”
To then have a superstar as talented and a celebrity as undeniable as Russell Westbrook respond with a resounding “NO” meant everything. The fact that our star was so infinitely fashionable, effortlessly cool, and yes, petty as hell, made it even better. Keep Reading…
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Andre Roberson has been named to the 2016-2017 NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
This is a much-deserved reward for Roberson. Dre’s defense often found him opposite the opposing team’s best player. Outside of Russell Westbrook heroics, I can’t think of anyone who made more big plays in clutch situations for the Thunder this past season. How many times did we see a game-sealing defensive possession by Dre this year?
Andre Roberson named second team All-Defense. Had a first team caliber year, but logistics of positions in voting made it tough to make it.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) June 26, 2017
It’s easily argued Roberson deserved First Team honors. For some reason, in 2017, we’re still judging these defensive awards by position. Roberson, being considered a forward, really didn’t have a shot at supplanting Draymond Green or Kawhi Leonard in First Team voting. Keep Reading…
Thunder fans were no doubt waiting on pins and needles to learn what GM Sam Presti was going to do during Thursday’s draft. In fact, Oklahoma City was in the top five TV markets for the draft broadcast according to the Oklahoman’s Brett Dawson.
In the end, it was a relatively calm night. But with the 21st pick in the first round, the Thunder selected Terrance Ferguson.
Ferguson made an appearance Saturday in Oklahoma City for the first time, as he sat with Presti and head coach Billy Donovan for an introductory press conference. You can watch the whole thing here, but we collected some of the best quotes to get you caught up.
Donovan on how much he knew about Ferguson before he was drafted:
“I’ve had a chance to watch him for quite a long period of time. I saw him when he was going into his junior year of high school, and the year that I came here (OKC) I was supposed to coach the USA team that Terrance played on, Sean Miller coached him, and I know a lot of the people who are close to Terrance and I have enjoyed watching him grow.”
On the moment he was drafted: Keep Reading…