Wednesday Bolts: 8.28.19
Claudine Zap (realtor.com) scoops Chris Paul putting his Houston home up for sale: “A double-sided fireplace connects the living room and dining room, which also includes a 750-bottle wine case. The family room adjoins the breakfast room, which opens outside. And the upscale kitchen features stainless-steel countertops, Miele appliances, a concealed Sub-Zero refrigerator, and a huge marble island.” (H/T Scott Placek, Bleacher Report)
Kevon Stewart (FanSided) predicts player abilities distinct from their rating in 2K, in case you weren’t sure it was the offseason: “Chris Paul will wield the Hall of Fame version of the “Needle Threader” badge. This badge increases his chances of delivering accurate passes through the defense in tight windows. His sharp passes are often scouted by opposing defenses, so I would conclude he would also have the “Pass Fake Maestro” badge to throw off his matchups with a superior ability to fake in iso situations.”
Snitchin’ on SGA via r/Thunder:
Marc Stein (NYTimes) on whether Team USA would survive the Western Conference: “I’m hesitant to proclaim anything about the West with certitude except for this: Cracking the top eight will be daunting as usual. This year’s United States national team, as such, would be battling for a spot at the bottom of that ladder in spite of its depth and Gregg Popovich’s coaching. Shooting, playmaking and frontcourt effectiveness have all been spotty in the Americans’ exhibition games. Throw in the fact that so little progress was made on their recent Australian tour and it becomes clear why the Americans are widely regarded as more vulnerable than they’ve been in any competition since the 2004 Olympics.”
The Thunder waived Donte Grantham, leaving Luguentz Dort as the only two-way player on the roster.