–The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today the addition of Chris Fisher as the team's new TV play-by-play announcer. He will join Michael Cage, Lesley McCaslin, Nick Gallo, Antonio Daniels and John Rhadigan for the Thunder's 70 game broadcasts on FOX Sports Oklahoma during the 2018-19 season. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Fisher comes to Oklahoma City from Los Angeles where he has been the radio voice for USC basketball for eight years as well as host for Trojan football broadcasts. Fisher's television work includes basketball play-by-play for FOX Sports, the PAC 12 Network and Time Warner Cable. During his career, Fisher also worked in broadcasting for minor league baseball
– The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guards Bryce Alford, Abdul Gaddy, forward K.J. McDaniels and center Richard Solomon, it was announced by Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not released. Alford (6-3, 185) spent the 2017-18 season with the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League where he made a league-leading 186 three-pointers on the year, good for the second-most in NBAGL history. In his time with the Blue, the UCLA product appeared in 50 games (27 starts) and averaged 15.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.9 minutes per game, shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc. Gaddy (6-3, 185) spent last season playing
The Atlanta Hawks had a busy summer. Between rookies Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman, free-agent additions Vince Carter and Alex Len and trade acquisitions Jeremy Lin and Justin Anderson, their rotation will look quite different. And that wasn't all: The Hawks shipped out Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala, both of whom spent the past five seasons with the team. They even briefly employed Carmelo Anthony. All of this player movement, though, probably won't amount to much in the short term. Atlanta won 24 games last season, and expectations aren't much higher this time around. With less than a month until opening night, let's take a look at the teams that made the most meaningful
In this episode, I am joined by James Holas aka Snottie Drippin. The two of us discuss the likelihood of the Nuggets missing the playoffs as well as the season outlook for the OKC Thunder. Segment 1: The downside for the Thunder Segment 2: The upside for the Thunder Segment 3: Twitter's #1 Nuggets hater is...wait for it...low on the Nuggets
Jimmy Butler's trade demand is the latest example of the dilemma all NBA teams face with star players who are approaching free agency. Teams must evaluate whether it's worth trading for a player they can sign in free agency or if it's worth giving up assets for a one-year "rental" of that player. There is also risk in not trading for a player because that player could be dealt elsewhere, then re-sign with that team, as the Los Angeles Lakers saw with Paul George. Jimmy Butler has reportedly requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it's going to resurface one of the biggest dilemmas around the NBA. NBA players increasingly take their futures into their own hands in what The Ringer's
Gaze into your crystal ball and tell me: which player has the most to prove to start the 2018-19 season? The season-long drama over his fitness demands answers, both on the court and from his lips. Enough with the coy. Time for a grown man to deal with other grown men and women properly, and that includes the Spurs fans, through the media. Leonard doesn't have to cut open a vein and give us Manu. We'll settle for him being an adult and giving us a proper, mature Tim, with a dry but full state-of-Kawhi address. Then he needs to go out and dominate at both ends like his old self, and not waste another year. (who must hold it down ) (can he help Houston?). The Sixers need to know if Fultz has overcome
– The Oklahoma City Thunder and OU Medicine today announced a unique and innovative 10-year partnership in which OU Medicine becomes the official healthcare partner of the Thunder. Under the agreement, OU Medicine will join with the team on a number of organizational, medical and community initiatives. Thunder Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Danny Barth and OU Medicine President and CEO Chuck Spicer made the announcement. “This is a dynamic and significant fusion of two of our state's leaders in innovation and excellence. Going beyond the traditional and transactional sports partnerships, it's a collaboration centered on research, technology, cross-learning and creative
Roberson (kneecap) hasn't been cleared for contact or 5-on-5 work, David Aldridge of TNT reports. Roberson had previously reported that he hoped to be back to full strength by December, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that he isn't ready for contact in mid-September, more than two months beforehand. Adding on to that, Roberson's value comes on the defensive side of the ball, so he'll struggle to provide significant fantasy value even when he's at full strength. With Roberson sidelined to start the season, Dennis Schroder will likely be the most intriguing fantasy asset that should benefit, while guys like Raymond Felton, Alex Abrines and Terrance Ferguson could see added minutes as well.
This past year, Adams shot a career-best 62.9 percent from the field while scoring a career-best 13.9 points per game. Due to their years together, Adams and Russell Westbrook have a unique connection in the pick-and-roll, but he also developed a comfort with Paul George and will need to catch a rhythm with newcomer Dennis Schroder as well. Adams is an elite finisher in his role but is as selfless as they come in NBA circles. “He's really impressive, he's played a ton of basketball and a ton of competitive basketball in a lot of big games, but he's still a really young guy, and he's learning, and he's getting more comfortable,” said now-retired Thunder forward and Adams' close friend Nick Collison.
Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday, September 12th due to stiffness and inflammation in the knee the occurred while getting ready for training camp. The team, Westbrook and his representation determined "the best course of action was the proactive procedure," the Thunder said in a release. Westbrook viewed this knee arthroscopy (“scope') as a pre-emptive, clean-up procedure rather than potentially having issues creep up during the season. This surgery will force him to miss the entire preseason and possibly a few regular season games. Although an arthroscopic clean up surgery is not as drastic or invasive as an ACL reconstruction, keep in mind that Westbrook
Bengals running back Joe Mixon will undergo a knee procedure on Friday to remove a dislodged particle in his knee per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mixon is expected to miss two weeks.