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Welcome to Loud City Aug 20, 2016

Sounds of Thunder: Russell Westbrook is battle tested and ready to lead

... let the "fun" and games begin. I read a public statement today that has forced me to put the previous eight seasons of the Oklahoma City Thunder in an entirely new light. After the US Men's Olympic basketball team trounced Argentina, Kevin Durant said: "I was telling myself before I left my room that I'm at my best when I don't care if we win or lose," Durant said, "It might be different for other players, but for me I'm more free and more aggressive in games and it's more fun for me if I don't care about the outcome." Hmmm.... well... that's very participation trophy-ish of him to...
CSN Washington Aug 17, 2016

Scott Brooks on John Wall and Bradley Beal: 'Perfect fit'

Of all the questions Scott Brooks heard as the Oklahoma City Thunder head coach, one involving whether Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook truly fit together
Welcome to Loud City Aug 17, 2016

What will the Russell Westbrook-led Thunder in the 2016-17 season look like?

The Thunder are Russ' team, but what can we expect from a team with Westbrook as it's face? The Oklahoma City Thunder are now Russell Westbrook’s team. The meteoric missile of an athlete who has risen from unheralded recruit to back-to-back All-Star game MVP now can add 'franchise player' to his resume. After Kevin Durant choose to skip out of town to the Bay Area, many Oklahoma City fans feared the worse. Westbrook — who acts curtly with the media to be nice — had maintained a silence on Durant’s move and rumors popped up that he too would ultimately leave the...
Bullets Forever Aug 17, 2016

John Wall didn’t have a single pass in the NBA’s list of the Top 50 assists of the 2016 season

This time of year can be a bit of a dry time for NBA content, so usually the league fills the void by releasing highlight reels of the best moments from the past season to get people excited for the one to come. Recently, they came out with a video showing off the top 50 assists of last season. If you’ve got 10 minutes, check it out because passing is fun: Remarkably, not one of John Wall’s 789 assists from last season was good enough to crack the top 50 here. The easy thing to do here would be to accuse the NBA of bias towards promoting guys like Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook,...
Welcome to Loud City Aug 16, 2016

The Russell Westbrook Teammate Chemistry Ratings

This is Russell Westbrook's town. Oklahoma is still buzzing from the announcement of Westbrook's long-term extension with the Thunder, and he has a team that is mostly built to utilize his talents. Who fits best? Advanced statistics and metrics, despite their perception in the outside world, are now cool in the NBA. They are the main tools for making arguments as to why players are good, teams are good, why things work and why they don't. More and more each season, new and more defined metrics become prevalent in today's league. Chemistry is something however that is not as quantifiable....
Denver Stiffs Aug 15, 2016

What would it cost the Denver Nuggets to trade for DeMarcus Cousins

Round three of our "what would it take" trade series. This time we're looking at the talented but mercurial center of the Sacramento Kings Well, despite all the effort to try and come up with a realistic trade package for Russell Westbrook, he metaphorically blocked my efforts a la Rocky's half court shot when the talented point guard shocked everyone and re-upped with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Let's face it though, a trade for Westbrook, or the subject of our follow up piece Blake Griffin, would have been an incredibly risky move by the organization given the fact that both are on...
philly.com Aug 11, 2016

Sixers open season at home against Thunder

KEVIN DURANT may have left the Oklahoma City Thunder for greener pastures, but the Thunder still will have Russell Westbrook when they visit the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 26 to open the Sixers' season.
Liberty Ballers Aug 11, 2016

Sixers To Open Season Oct. 26 In Philadelphia Against Thunder; Will Play Three Nationally Televised Games

We have dates. The NBA has finally released its schedule for the upcoming season, and Sixers fans have some dates to circle on the calendar that aren't too far away. Philadelphia will play in three nationally televised games this season after a three-year drought away from primetime. That's including the season-opener, when they kick off the season on ESPN hosting Russell Westbrook and the Durant-less Thunder at The Center on Oct. 26 at 8 PM. They'll also face-off with Minnesota at the Target Center on Nov. 17, and return to ESPN on Dec. 16 when the top two picks in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ben...
Daily Thunder Aug 10, 2016

Wednesday Bolts – 8.10.16

Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider: “The Thunder got an important commitment from Russell Westbrook last week on a renegotiation and extension that will keep him from hitting free agency until the summer of 2018.
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 10, 2016

Lakers Podcast: Was Russell Westbrook’s extension a good thing for the Lakers?

Could Los Angeles benefit from the superstar delaying free agency? When Russell Westbrook agreed to renegotiate and extend his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, many painted it as yet another loss for the Los Angeles Lakers in a year full of them. Supposedly, the Lakers had missed out on another major target. But could Westbrook’s new deal actually be a good thing for Los Angeles? Host Anthony Irwin is back from his vacation, and re-joins co-host Harrison Faigen to discuss their thoughts on why this turn of events may ultimately benefit the Lakers, and how trading for him this year...
Welcome to Loud City Aug 9, 2016

Kevin Durant returns to Oklahoma City as Warrior on February 11 of next season as bitter rivalry deepens

When former franchise pillar Kevin Durant returns to Oklahoma City as a Warrior on February 11, 2017 animosity will reach a frenzied pitch. According to league sources, the opening chapter in Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant's competitive saga will emanate November 3 from Oracle Arena. While the former All-NBA teammates will meet three times this upcoming season, OKC fans must wait until February 11 to witness Durant's Chesapeake Energy Arena return, per ESPN's Marc Stein. Sources told ESPN.com that the Thunder's first home date of the season against Durant and the Warriors has been...
Daily Thunder Aug 8, 2016

Down to Dunk Ep. 264: Westbrook’s World

On today’s podcast we discuss the following topics: Russell Westbrook! His contract, press conference and predictions for his upcoming season Sabonis and Abrines A preview of the Pacific Division And more! Thanks for listening
Denver Stiffs Aug 8, 2016

Update on Nuggets potential pursuit of Russell Westbrook

After pursuing Dwyane Wade in free agency, the Nuggets have shown their willing to go where no other team is willing to go and acquire a superstar like Russell Westbrook. Here's how his signing a contract extension with Oklahoma City impacts the Nuggets potential pursuit of him. Russell Westbrook is officially the franchise player in Oklahoma City after agreeing to stay with the franchise, signing a contract extension on August 4. Westbrook took a break from sharing videos of him dancing and singing to share an update on social media to confirm the announcement, and the team held a press...
Welcome to Loud City Aug 7, 2016

Welcome To The Russell Westbrook Show

This is Russell Westbrook's town now. After sharing the mantle with Superstar teammate Kevin Durant during their Oklahoma City tenure, Westbrook's contract extension means a team built around his talents is now fully his to command. At the start of 2016, Russell Westbrook was ejected from a regular-season game against the Dallas Mavericksfollowing a scuffle with J.J. Barea and then Charlie Villanueva resulted in his ejection. The Thunder were on fire that night, blasting the Mavericks 108-89 and the team were 25 points ahead late in the first half when Westbrook was ejected. It was a...
Welcome to Loud City Aug 7, 2016

Welcome To The Russell Westbrook Show

This is Russell Westbrook's town now. After sharing the mantle with Superstar teammate Kevin Durant during their Oklahoma City tenure, Westbrook's contract extension means a team built around his talents is now fully his to command. At the start of 2016, Russell Westbrook was ejected from a regular-season game against the Dallas Mavericks following a scuffle with J.J. Barea and then Charlie Villanueva resulted in his ejection. The Thunder were on fire that night, blasting the Mavericks 108-89 and the team were 25 points ahead late in the first half when Westbrook was ejected. It was a...

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