¡Feliz cumpleaños, Alex Abrines!
The Thunder’s sophomore Spanish sharpshooter turns 24 today. You can direct your well wishes to his Twitter account here.
To celebrate, watch the highlights from arguably his best game last season — a 19 point effort against the Los Angeles Lakers:
I’m expecting big things from Abrines this season. He’s got the tools to make the jump from role player to a legitimate star in the next few seasons. As soon as he puts on a little muscle and gains the ability to finish through contact, he’ll make himself quite a bit of money. He’s already got the sweet shooting stroke down.
The fact that Abrines is turning just 24 is a reminder of the Thunder’s young core’s scary potential.
Is Russ…trolling us?
There’s a lot of anxiety among Thunder fans about the fact that Russell Westbrook has not signed a contract extension that could secure his services for Oklahoma City for at least the next five years.
It’s a rational fear for Thunder fans, Westbrook’s leaving — they’re still smarting from Kevin Durant’s choice the offseason prior to don new shades of yellow and blue. If members of the media know much about Westbrook’s contract situation, they’re holding that information close to their vest.
Westbrook took to Twitter to poke fun at the phenomenon of information leaking to NBA reporters:
Finish the comment… lol
I think “sources” is the word for the summer lol just saying
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) August 1, 2017
He’s not in the wrong to crack wise about the media circus that often surrounds NBA drama, but Thunder fans would probably feel better if he had inked an extension with the team before he tweeted vaguely about the league’s offseason soap opera.
Thunder to host Australian team in pre-season
The NBA has announced that the Thunder will host the Melbourne United, a team from Australia’s National Basketball League, in a preseason tilt on October 8th. The game will be at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Other NBL teams are also playing exhibition matches against NBA teams: the Sydney Kings will visit the Utah Jazz, and the Brisbane Bullets will travel to Phoenix to play the Suns.
This will be the third time the Thunder will have hosted an international team in Oklahoma City.
There is an Australian connection for the Thunder, even though it is small. Recently signed first-round pick Terrance Ferguson played for the Adelaide 66ers of the NBL last season.