Friday Bolts: 5.19.17
Happy Friday, folks. You did it.
Russell Westbrook was named to the All-NBA first team for the second consecutive season. Westbrook shares first team honors with James Harden, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis. He received all but one first team vote, trailing the only unanimous choice — Harden.
Westbrook’s newborn son is already generating collegiate interest. “Russell Westbrook’s son, Noah Russell Westbrook, is only three days old and he already received his first college scholarship offer. Well, sort of. Stony Brook head coach Jeff Boals quote tweeted the elder Westbrook’s tweet from earlier this week with the caption, ‘Offer.'”
Erik Horne on how the All-NBA teams affect the Thunder/NBA: “The intrigue of the All-NBA teams, however, falls farther down the lists. In the section listed “Other players receiving votes” are Indiana’s Paul George and Utah’s Gordon Hayward, each players whose summers will be directly altered by not making any of the three teams. The exclusions of George and Hayward from the All-NBA teams could cause ripples through the NBA, even in Oklahoma City.”
Bleacher Report’s latest mock has OKC taking UCLA’s TJ Leaf at 21. The 6’10” PF averaged 16.3 PPG & 8.2 RPG for the Bruins last season. He shot 64% from the field and 46% from downtown in the process.
Enes Kanter remains steady trolling.
Odds & Ends
Draymond Green is upset about Klay Thompson not making an All-NBA team. Three is not enough! “I think it’s bulls—. When you look around, what did we win? Sixty-seven games or something like that? And we probably just handed teams three or four. You’re talking a possible 70-win season. I think Klay is one of our top three guys, and to not be on an All-NBA team, I think it’s pretty crazy.”
Kevin Durant shares his thoughts on the All-NBA voting: “I don’t even know what the criteria is anymore, but they got it right. They got a player averaging a triple-double, it’s hard to keep him off.”
Speaking of which, sounds like KD is fitting in well in Oakland. “It reminds me so much of Chocolate City, man,” Durant said, using a nickname for his hometown of Washington, D.C. “I be missing home a lot. So when I ride down through East Oakland to go to the game, I get my fix. I definitely feel like I’m riding around in my own neighborhood.”
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame announced this year’s inductees. I’ll admit — it’s fairly bizarre that two NBA players were inducted before Sequoyah.
Chris Cornell passed away yesterday (RIP to the legend). Here is the time he went on a tirade about the Sonics leaving Seattle. “They took our [expletive] team from us. Since I was this high, I had that team. And they [expletive] took it away. It’s [expletive] to take away a basketball team!”
Have a good weekend.