The Thunder move to 4-0 in Orlando behind a big game from Jeremy Lamb — 32 points on 10-14 shooting, flirting with Reggie Jackson’s new Summer League record — with an insert score to insert score win over the 76ers.
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Jordan White for TrueHoop on Reggie Jackson: “It’s not fair, really. Jackson is too talented, too experienced, and just too good to play in the Summer League. Monday, before his time on the court was cut short due to an injury, Jackson seemed to be going through the motions, not really caring about the game. His attitude could not have been more different Tuesday, and he showd just what he can do against the current competition when he cares. Jackson was simply dominant, scoring 35 points on just 19 shots, getting wherever he wanted on the court at whatever time he so pleased. He owned the fourth quarter, sinking the go-ahead layup that capped another fourth-quarter comeback. Coach Scott Brooks is going to have fun unleashing a Westbrook-Jackson lineup upon the rest of the league.”
Per Darnell Mayberry, Perk had some knee surgery: “Thunder center Kendrick Perkins underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday morning, The Oklahoman has learned. Perkins is expected to resume full basketball activities in two weeks. The scope, while considered routine for players with previous injuries, is not something Perkins envisioned needing this summer. He insisted at his exit interview in May that he didn’t require any type of surgery this offseason. Perkins also said last month that he was “excited” about the prospects of finally going through a summer surgery-free.” Keep Reading…
Henry Abbott of TrueHoop on the Rockets: “By the time the smoke has cleared and Howard is officially a Rocket — the news conference is expected at the end of this week — the Rockets will likely have the ability to add minimum contract players and somebody with the mini midlevel. And that’s it. In other words: Andrei Kirilenko isn’t walking through that door. That means the starting power forward will be some combination of Jones or Motiejunas — who are young and promising, but come with a lot of unknowns. There are a lot of question marks about how it all fits together. It might work, but if it doesn’t, this is a contender in need of a major trade, which is almost the same as not being a contender at all.”
David Aldridge on an alternate NBA universe: “The Rockets, meanwhile, having been stung by the loss of their franchise center, will likely continue to try flipping existing players for younger assets, which they hope they can eventually turn into another young superstar. Their new target, according to sources, is Oklahoma City guard James Harden, whom the NBA champion Thunder kept last offseason by signing him to a $65 million extension — but who might be available if the smaller-revenue generating Thunder, who beat Miami in six games last month to win the franchise’s first NBA title since moving to Oklahoma City in 2008, decide they can’t continue to pay luxury taxes on their roster…” Keep Reading…
Darnell Mayberry on Jeremy Lamb: “But it’ll be hard to contain excitement or disappointment for Jeremy Lamb. Most will be watching the second-year shooting guard with a keen eye. He was one of the five assets the Thunder received in the trade that sent James Harden to Houston. And with Kevin Martin set to sign with Minnesota, Lamb is expected to now be a larger part of the team’s plans this season. Is he ready? Summer league will provide our first indication. It will be Lamb’s first summer with the Thunder. He competed with the Rockets’ summer league team last year.”
Kevin Durant is signing a new long-term contract.
Wright, 25, plays for the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA.
And in fact, she confirmed it herself Sunday evening:
Post-game Monica Wright confirmed reports that she and Kevin Durant are engaged. So there's that.
— Kent Youngblood (@BloodStrib) July 8, 2013
The couple hasn’t really been public with their relationship with Durant recently playing coy during an interview at a Lynx game about why he was there.
Just like Durant, Wright was selected No. 2 overall by the Lynx in 2010. And her name is the same as the main female character in “Love & Basketball.” Match. Made. In. Heaven.
The 2034 NBA draft just got really interesting.